Living with chronic illness is a phrase I use a lot.
I don’t say things like “I have Fibromyalgia” or “my illness” or “my condition”.
I say that:
“I am living with chronic illness”
“I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia”
Because I am so much more than this illness.
For a long time, I struggled to be honest with how I’m feeling and how this illness affected my family and me.
In my online journal, I share encouragement and life’s ups and downs, in the hopes that through my story others can find the courage and strength they need to create a wellness lifestyle. I do this because I have felt that isolation, despair and loneliness, I have thought that I was the only one who felt this way.
I want those of you who live with Fibromyalgia or other chronic illnesses to know that you aren’t alone. And that making some of the changes your doctor and carers suggests can be difficult but in the long run it can be worth it.
I offer support and friendship and share very openly what has worked for me.
I manage my symptoms with oils, supplements, diet, and routine.
I have learnt my limitations and now know what my priorities for my energy are.
But it took time to get to where I am today. It took a lot of pain, tears, anger and frustration. It took a lot of tests, mental anguish and lack of answers to get to where I am today.
I didn’t settle for a diagnosis and a life on medication that made me a zombie. I wanted answers, and I dug for them.
I made changes to my lifestyle. Not all at once but slowly over time, one thing at a time.
Now I thrive, because of those lifestyle changes, because I found answers, help and positive support.
If you are living with a chronic illness and want support, friendship as you make lifestyle changes send me a message or comment below, you are not alone.