COMING SOON ~ A HAPPY SEVEN (an experimental short film about fibromyalgia)

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COMING SOON ~ A HAPPY SEVEN

(an experimental short film about fibromyalgia)

 

Directed By: Sophie Meath

Starring: Anna Stranz, Hannah Aslesen, Laura Ricci, Christy Kane, Sawyer Hathaway
Genre: Experimental/Drama

I was attending a fibromyalgia support group meeting at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute where I met Sophie Meath, Director of A Happy Seven. She had asked if she and a few of the actors could attend a meeting, listen and ask questions.  It was at the beginning of her project and she wanted to hear from us what we would like people to know about living with fibromyalgia.  The premier is in Minneapolis, MN  on May 12th, 2016 which happens to be International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. I fell in love with the idea and the compassion & passion that Sophie showed when she talked about the film and I know you will too!

Melissa: Why did you choose to make a film about fibromyalgia?

Sophie: I chose to make a film about fibromyalgia simply because it needed to be done. My younger sister can’t remember a time when she didn’t have fibro, but she wasn’t diagnosed until just over a year ago when her symptoms started getting worse. Thankfully, she and I are very close, and so she was able to deeply confide in me about her struggles. It was heartbreaking to see my little sister grapple with all the limitations of fibro that constricted her future and killed some of her dreams, not to mention the intense pain she constantly endures. As I began to understand the unique burdens that having invisible illnesses and chronic pain produces, I began to recognize the incredible lack of understanding surrounding her and others in her position. As a filmmaker, I create art that is a remarkably powerful platform for empathy and understanding, so it was a natural development for me to decide to make a film about something so important to me that I’d been becoming more empathetic and understanding about myself.

Melissa: How did you conduct research about fibromyalgia and those living with it?

Sophie: In order to equip myself to create this film, I did extensive research on fibromyalgia through a number of means. A great deal of my research came from the NFMCPA’s online resources as well as many medical sites. I sought out blogs written by people who suffer from fibromyalgia to better understand the personal journeys, and I also spoke one-on-one with a number of women who have fibro. The research phase was admittedly hard for me to push through because I would often conclude those sessions with a very heavy heart for my sister and fibro fighters everywhere, but that only reinforced my conviction that the film needed to be made.

Melissa: How did you come up with the name A Happy Seven?

Sophie: The inspiration behind the name for this film stems from something my sister says. After her diagnosis, I was trying to better understand what she was dealing with, so she started using a scale to make it simpler for me, with 1 being no pain and 10 being debilitating agony. On an average day, I’d ask my sister how she was doing, and she’d smile at me and “I’m a happy seven today.” Even though she was experiencing pain that would be debilitating for me, she was still able to endure the pain, smile, and do life. If she didn’t choose to be happy, she said, then being at a seven would ruin her day, but if she tried to be optimistic and find the beauty in the challenge, it made everything a little bit easier. She and I both understand that the scale analogy can be frustrating for many people with chronic pain, and I know that a number doesn’t even begin to sum up the countless symptoms, but for people who don’t understand fibro, it’s an incredibly helpful kick-start in the right direction.

Melissa: Who is your film’s audience?

Sophie: Our film’s target audience is everyone who suffers from chronic pain and invisible illnesses. Though A Happy Seven is specifically about fibro, it touches on struggles that people with countless other disorders will be able to relate to. Our target audience doesn’t stop there, though; we would love for it to include those who have never heard of fibro, those who’ve heard it mentioned but don’t really know what it is, and those who have friends and family with fibro. Everyone could stand to learn more about this disorder and how to support those in their lives from suffer from it.

Melissa: A Happy Seven is an indie short film. Most of the general public probably do not know what that means. Can you explain what is an indie short film? How long is the film?

Sophie: Indie is the fun nickname for independent. Lasting approximately 17 minutes, A Happy Seven is an independent short film in that it exists and has been created independent of an official company and that no one besides myself and my team own any portion of it. It’s crew is also comprised of people who have committed to it because they are passionate about its message and not because it’s their job.

Melissa: Can you tell us a little about the plot? the characters?

Sophie: The plot in A Happy Seven isn’t the kind that’s typically found in narrative films. It circulates around the main character, Nora, who has acute fibro, as she interacts with people who range from understanding and supportive to ignorant and insensitive. It explores how those different relationships impact her emotionally, and it also tries to showcase her pain, fatigue, and fibro fog in a way that viewers without fibro will be able to understand better. Nora’s relationship with her sister is her safe place, and the way that they interact and the understanding between them is a precious part of the film.

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Melissa: This film has a lot of sound/music. Why and How did you chose the sound/music that you did?

Sophie: A Happy Seven does not feature a traditional musical soundtrack. Rather, it uniquely uses a variety of frequencies and layered sounds to represent the symptoms Nora experiences. The purpose of this film has always been to make the idea of life with fibro a bit more tangible for those who don’t suffer from it, so it was clear from the start that there would need to be something that audiences would clearly be able to associate with pain – otherwise it would never be clear what Nora was experiencing. As my sister likes to say, we can’t actually go around beating up our audience, so we had to find another route to express the experience of pain.

Melissa: What was the most important lesson you had to learn that has had a positive effect on your film?

Sophie: The most important thing I’ve learned through making this film is that I can never be a perfect support for my sister. In the beginning stages of this film when I’d been researching fibro for a while, I realized that, even though I understood it more every day, I would never get to a point where I knew everything. That realization scared me. I felt that if I were claiming the right to make this film, then I had to completely understand fibromyalgia and I had to support my sister flawlessly. After grappling with the fear of failing that expectation, I realized that that was part of the heart of A Happy Seven. All we can ask of each other is to try our best to understand as well as we can and love accordingly. I will never perfectly understand the emotional burdens, I will continue to misinterpret much of the pain my sister experiences, I will inevitably add to her pain sometimes, but I can always learn how to love and support her better.

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Melissa: What message do you want the audience to have after the film?

Sophie: After viewing A Happy Seven, my hope is that viewers with fibro would come away with the encouraging reminder that they’re not alone, and that there is hope that they can have people in their lives who can somewhat understand their struggles and be there for them. For those who don’t have fibro, I hope that they will come away with an increased empathy for those who suffer from fibro and other invisible illnesses and a distinct awareness of the need to be there for those people and be willing to truly listen and try their best to understand. If you haven’t experienced it, you can’t truly know, but everyone can understand more if they take the time to sit down and listen to their loved ones who battle fibro every day.

Melissa: What does a theatrical release entail for an independent film?

Sophie: Procuring a theatrical release is difficult for an independent film, but thankfully the Twin Cities are very supportive of the arts, and the Parkway Theater in particular is thrilled to be hosting an event for such an importance cause.

Sophie: After its premiere last year at the Parkway Theater, A Happy Seven has been submitted to a number of film festivals around the world. In light of that, our ability to make it available to the public for free may be limited for a while for legal reasons, but they will do our best to make it available online and on DVD as soon as possible.

Take my clothes – please …. Living with Fibromyalgia and Allodynia

Imagine your worst sunburn. How did it feel when you had to put on your shirt? or have someone touch you?

It is something that I experience every day.

What causes me to feel like my nerves are trying to jump out of my skin?

Allodynia is believed to be a hypersensitivity to stimuli that would normally not cause pain. The pain can be provoked by a light touch to the skin, pressure from clothing, showering, combing or brushing your hair. Even a light breeze blowing across your skin can feel like agony. Allodynia is considered to be the result of a process called central sensitization. The pain comes from a malfunction of specialized nerves, called nociceptors. These nociceptors sense information about things like temperature and painful stimuli right at the skin.. Any sensation felt by the skin becomes painful. Two types of allodynia are tactile allodynia, which is pain caused by touch and mechanical allodynia, which is caused by movement across the skin.

The warmer I am the more my skin stings and burns, then anything touching my skin or a light breeze can send me in a frenzy,

Not only is my skin painful to the touch but my clothes cause daily pain.

I choose what I wear every day based on the level of the feeling. Clothing can cause pain all over your body. Most days my arms, hands and thighs are only affected. Today, my entire body feels like I am being attacked by pins and needles.

Other times I describe areas as feeling numb or tingly.

Most days at work you will find me wearing short loose sleeve shirts or tank top style blouses. They type of fabric plays a big part. I am more likely to look at the style of the blouse. The least amount of clothing and lightest touching is the best.

I have had to change the style of socks and shoes that I wear. If I have to wear socks I wear the shortest softest lightest ones I can find.

Everyday the minute I get home from work the shoes and socks are the first to go. I have a very loose soft pair of slippers that I put on then I change out of my work clothes and put on crop length loose pj bottoms and a very loose short sleeve top. On weekends I have light weight crop workout pants, a soft loose sports bra and a shirt that barely touches my skin at all.

Don’t even get me started on clothing tags.

Daily Body Restore Review; Probiotic Supplement

Disclosure: “I have been given [this product] as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.“ The statements in this review and DBR’s website have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intend to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

What is Daily Body Restore?

I was asked to try Daily Body’s Restore probiotic for 30 days and write a review.

I had not heard of Daily Body Restore previously to being contacted to do this review. I went online and did my normal research and was excited to try their product. I think what really peaked my interest was when I received a call from the founder, Kim Shafer. She was very nice and really believes in their products. She asked me what medical conditions and what supplements/medications I was currently taking. She explained to me that their product is a blend of 9 different probiotics and 10 digestive enzymes in each capsule that work together to try to restore your body’s natural healthy state.

She originally began the process of developing Daily Body Restore® when her daughter began having digestive issues. Kim was facing not only the fact that her daughter would be taking buying multiple types of probiotics and digestive enzymes but also the financial strain it was causing. The struggle to find a single product that would help her daughter led to 6 years of studies developing this unique formula. They had developed a singular product using probiotics and digestive enzymes without artificial flavors, colors, dairy, gluten or other additives. Kim’s passion for her product, company and customer satisfaction was fantastic. They truly stand behind their product and their customers.

Would I recommend this product?

I would recommend the Daily Body Restore for anyone trying to improve their digestive and immune health. Their probiotic helped me with intense painful cramping, bloating, water retention, and many other digestive issues. I did not notice any changes in my fibromyalgia symptoms. I continued to feel my ususual fatigue.

For more information on Daily Body Restore, visit Daily Body Restore. Also, If you would like to try Daily Body Restore here is a Discount code for our US readers – DBRINTRO – It allows first time purchasers to receive 33% off purchase price (normal price is $29.95 – price is $20 with the discount code).

As always, please consult your doctor before starting anything new.

Meeting my Mentor

Google Celeste Cooper and you are likely to find her name associated with fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain advocacy and the list goes on and on.

She is a retired Nurse, Advocate, Author and I am proud to call her my friend, mentor and my angel on earth.

It has now officially been 4 years since I first met Celeste through facebook. Like most friends, we have texted, emailed and chatted on the phone and like most online friendships we have not met in person. I am excited that in just a couple of days that is going to change. My husband gave me an airline ticket to go and meet her face to face. I thought that this would be a good opportunity to reprint my article I wrote for the NFMCPA about Celeste.

CELESTE COOPER, ANGEL ON EARTH
by Melissa Swanson, writer for the NFMCPA

Earth Angels have been described by Karen Elleise as ”intuitive, empathic, sensitive and giving often to a fault… They may be nurses, holistic healers, counselors or something similar by nature while also providing this very role in close relationships. They will be compelled, without quite understanding why, to seek out and draw to them friendships and love relations in need of counsel and healing.”

These definitions are important because there are no better words than inspirational and “Angel on Earth” to describe our Inspirational Patient.

In March of 2013. I was looking for positive, educational fibromyalgia Facebook pages. I found a page that fit both: https://www.facebook.com/celeste.a.cooper. I sent a friend request along with my blog and page information. The moment she sent her first message to me, I have been proud to call her my friend, mentor and “Angel on Earth.” I am excited to introduce you to Celeste Cooper.

Celeste Cooper is an author, blogger, free lance writer, fibromyalgia health expert at Sharecare.com, pain advocate and participant in the Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy (PAINS). She is also a patient participant in the Center for Practical Bioethics leadership initiative for patient driven pain research (Relieving Pain in KC) and guest columnist for the Kansas City Nursing News.

NFMCPA: Celeste, What was your life like before fibro?

CC: My life before fibro was not without pain. I had my first cystoscopy at age five, and I have had migraines and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) since puberty.

During my school years, I ran track, bowled on a team, and played intramural volleyball. As a young adult, I was a competitive racquetball player and instructor, and a competitive downhill skier. I enjoyed playing golf, water skiing and many other physically active sports. Having joint hypermobility, I have experienced some significant soft tissue injuries. I thought I was invincible, and I wanted to fit in. It never occurred to me that what I experienced–muscle symptoms and recovery time or feeling sick to my stomach after activity–was anything different from my peers.

At age thirty, I returned to school as a single mom and began my love affair with patients and students. The bulk of my clinical career was as a board certified emergency nurse. I was also in charge of hospital-wide education and was an affiliate faculty for the American Heart Association. As an educator, I also wrote continuing education programs for the Missouri State Board of Nursing. I did many other things as a working adult, but none as fulfilling as caring for others.

NFMCPA: When did you first show signs?

CC: As a child, I envision myself in the fetal position in a chair during the holidays. I was a tomboy and loved to run and played baseball. But, I remember having cramps in my muscles, abdomen, and legs that would double me over. I have seriously low B/P, and I felt sick a lot. Was that fibro? I think it was signs of what was to come.

At age 17, I experienced a severe case of mononucleosis (mono), and I remember my mother being extremely worried that I would not recover. I am not sure I ever did. I have memories of always feeling tired and wired. As I look back, I realize that symptoms associated with ME/CFS set in after a visit to Lake Tahoe about the time of the Incline Village epidemic in the late 80’s. Was my immune system susceptible, or could it be other mitigating factors? It would be nice to know, but I doubt I ever will.

In my early thirties, I experienced a couple of significant injuries, a tear in both rotator cuffs requiring surgery (later a reconstruction because of hypermobility), a small tear in my trapezes muscle, and whiplash. Not long after, I began to experience daily body-wide pain, and my migraines escalated.

NFMCPA: What other co-morbids have been diagnosed?

CC: I have several co-morbid conditions: migraines, IBS, interstitial cystitis, ME/CFS, Raynaud’s, Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis, myofascial pain syndrome, restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movement, and bruxism during sleep. Though not usually considered co-morbid, Dr. Robert Bennett’s research (2013 Alternative Diagnostic Criteria) suggests that fibromyalgia patients usually have at least one other chronic pain condition. For me that includes esophageal spasm and dystonia, osteoarthritis, piriformis syndrome, moderate to severe spinal degeneration with spondylosis, and hypermobility syndrome.

NFMCPA: How did it initially change your life?

CC: I worked all my life with chronic pain, but it wasn’t until my brain turned to mush that my life really changed. I knew I would not be able to continue my nursing career or continue my work as a Legal Nurse Consultant. I had dealt with periodic insomnia all my life, but in my 40’s it became much worse and so did the brainfog. By age 50, I couldn’t remember where frequently used drugs were kept, so I had to face a harsh reality. I had to divorce myself from a career I loved. I did not know what was wrong with me when I walked out those hospital doors for the last time as a healthcare provider. I had no idea what was ahead of me. I only knew what I was leaving behind. I was terrified. I had remarried, and though our children were grown, I had no idea how we were going to pay our bills. We weren’t wealthy, but I did make a decent wage for over twenty years as a nurse. Financial stability was ending, also. I went without healthcare insurance when I needed it most.

NFMCPA: What changes have you had to make in your life?

CC: I became depressed, and I needed help. I began therapy with a psychologist who specialized in treating people with chronic pain and illness. I had biofeedback, hypnosis, and I learned to journal. The pivotal moment for me was when I read one line from my journal to my therapist, “I want to write a book.” He said, “Now you have the time.” There was just one problem, my brain had become dyslexic, my reading comprehension became slower than a snail on a good day, and I lose thoughts mid-sentence. If my husband says, “just spit it out,” or “I don’t know how anyone can lose something they just had in their hand one minute ago.”

A neuropsychological exam showed my short-term memory was 10% of what it should be for my age and education, though my IQ was unaffected. So, how was I going to write a book? Luckily, my PhD psychologist believed in me and agreed to co-write. No longer his patient, he encouraged me when I wanted to give up. We have written five books together. I have purpose again. Has my short-term memory improved? No, but I still write; it just takes more time and editors are worth their weight in gold. Has my pain improved? No, but I have improved my own coping skills as a result. My life took a new road, and I am humbled and enriched as a person because of misfortune.

NFMCPA: How is your relationship with your family and friends?

CC: I wish I could say that having chronic illness and pain didn’t affect my family or friends, but the fact is that it has been a rough road. I accept that my journey affects those around me. I am no longer able to provide an income, and my family does not reap the personal rewards that I do. Instead, my husband does chores I once loved to do, as well as the gardening and driving on extended trips. My husband and I no longer hike the mountains, something he had to give up.

I know comments that cut through to the soul. Invisible illness can fracture relationships. What I have learned is that I am thousands of amps short in the energy department. That can make me difficult, and I have come to accept what I once saw as criticism as my truth. I am a work in progress, but I try to conserve my energy for important battles that contribute. I can only live my life as an example, let others see that I don’t judge them, understand that everyone has problems and they have their hurdles to overcome. I can’t fix theirs, so it’s unfair for me to expect the same. I don’t expect support from family and friends, and when I least expect it is when it happens. In light of what I have experienced as a healthcare consumer, I stay grounded in knowing many people who care and are willing to collaborate. They lift me up. I am grateful for that; not everyone has that.

NFMCPA: What are your biggest personal battles now, and how do you confront them?

CC: I become frustrated with my body, with my nanosecond memory, with others, and with myself. I am learning to treat my body with tender loving care and to maintain a positive dialogue. I meditate, pray, and practice mindfulness. There are times when pain and feeling ill won’t let me escape to the place where I feel I am asleep, but aware, the “gloaming” moments. It’s okay if there are times I can’t get there; relinquishing judgment is being mindful, too. I try to respect my co-morbid conditions, and I follow my own advice on being prepared.

Writing and networking fulfills my mental, emotional, and spiritual needs, but computer time is hard on my migraines, my fibro, and my other pain conditions, so I will set new limits for social media. I need to be fair to my body too. A priority for 2015 is to finish writing a book I outlined a decade ago and to do more book reviews for others. Procrastination is not our friend.

NFMCPA: What inspires you?

CC: I am inspired by others, by quotes from famous people, by examples set by those who rise above their personal struggles. A favorite quote of mine is from Isaac Newton: “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” My giants are those who share this journey with me. They are patients, physicians, advocates, clinicians, researchers, and fellow inspiring authors.

NFMCPA: How is your life now?

CC: My life now is about maintenance. I still struggle with physical symptoms and cognitive deficit, but I have learned to cope in a healthy way. When I conducted instructor classes for the American Heart Association, I always said, “If you really want to learn something, teach it!” I apply this through my writing. I learn so much from others. My giants are MY teachers. They are people like you.

NFMCPA: You are an inspiration to so many. What advice would you give them?

CC: Wow! I never thought of myself as an inspiration. I have been inspired by others, so I guess first would be to pay it forward when opportunity arises. Do it, despite the voice in your head. When times are tough, think about what your hero would do. Don’t judge. Admit to mistakes; it’s how we learn. Be grateful. Write your own affirmations. Be kind to yourself. Live mindfully.

In their Inspiration Moment, the editors at PainPathways publication were kind enough to print the affirmation I am probably most known for writing, so maybe this is my best advice.

“ADVERSITY is only an OBSTACLE if we fail to see OPPORTUNITY.”

NFMCPA: Thank you, Celeste. We appreciate your candor and insights.

Cindy Leyland from the Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy (PAINS) had this to say about Celeste. “Celeste is a true friend, mentor, teacher, guide and inspiration. Her research, speaking, publications add great value to the cultural transformation in the way pain is perceived judged and treated. She speaks from the heart, with her personal experience adding authority to her professional knowledge. I am honored to know Celeste.”

“Celeste has worked tirelessly for the fibromyalgia, ME/CFS and myofascial pain communities for years despite being ill herself. She has written a fabulous book, “Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain: The Mind-Body Connection” as well as a couple of books of poetry on the subject of chronic illness. Despite her busy schedule, when asked to do a webinar for our non profit community, she agreed without hesitation. Her knowledge and genuine compassion came shining through and made a huge impression on our group members. Thank you, Celeste for all that you do! You are such an inspiration to all of us.”~ Tamara Staples, President, Fibromyalgia-ME/CFS Support Center, Inc. (www.FibroCFSSupportCenter.org). Tami Stackelhouse, Fibromyalgia Coach (www.MyRestoredHealth.com) and VP, Fibromyalgia-ME/CFS Support Center, Inc. (www.FibroCFSSupportCenter.org)

Become inspired yourself by Celeste at the links below;
Website http://TheseThree.com
Author Page http://amazon.com/author/celestecooper
Blog http://fmcfstriggerpoints.blogspot.com/
Share Care Fibromyalgia Expert http://www.sharecare.com/user/celeste-cooper
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/celeste.a.cooper
Twitter http://twitter.com/FibroCFSWarrior
Linked-In http://www.linkedin.com/pub/celeste-cooper/
Google+ Profile https://plus.google.com/+CelesteCooperAuthor

Feel Better, Change Lives, and Find Your Best Job Ever!

Tami Stackelhouse encourages hope and healing as a coach, author, speaker, and founder of the International Fibromyalgia Coaching Institute. A fibromyalgia patient herself, Tami has gone from disabled to thriving. Her compassion, gentle support, and fun coaching style help women with fibromyalgia take back control of their lives. She is the author of the best-selling books: The Fibromyalgia Coach and Take Back Your Life

Looking for a fibromyalgia-friendly career that will help you feel better instead of worse? Could your job be keeping you from you getting better? Do you feel like you aren’t ready to file for disability, but can’t keep up at work either?

In her second book, The Fibromyalgia Coach, Tami Stackelhouse tells the story of her lifelong search for the perfect career. A fibromyalgia patient herself, the author credits becoming a Fibromyalgia Coach with helping her stay focused on feeling better when it would have been easy to give up. She says, “Healing is a full-time job.”

The Fibromyalgia Coach will help you get clear on what your best job looks like. The author takes you through the eight key questions she used to evaluate her own career options when fibromyalgia forced her life to change, and helps you discover:
The powerful difference between focusing on your illness and focusing on healing
How to find the work environment your body needs to feel its best
Your balance between resting and meeting your mental and social needs
How to achieve success in a way that is meaningful to you
If fibromyalgia coaching is a good fit for you
The Fibromyalgia Coach will guide you into finding your best job ever – a career that will help you feel better while making a difference in the world around you!

REVIEW
“As someone living with fibromyalgia, reading The Fibromyalgia Coach brought up a lot of emotion for me. I could relate to the author’s story as she connects with readers emotionally through her personal experiences. Reading this book took me back to the time when I was in the wrong job and how my health was affected both physically and mentally. The author shows us how much our job choices affect our health and vice versa. In The Fibromyalgia Coach, Tami Stackelhouse has written the perfect sequel to her first book, Take Back Your Life.”
– Melissa Swanson, Advocate, Author, Ravyn’s Doll: How to Explain Fibromyalgia to Your Child, FibroWarriorsLivingLife.com

Fibro Warriors Living Life Interviewed by Teri Lowe

I was interviewed this week by Teri Lowe. She is a NFMCPA advocate & leader of Nevada Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Network.

It was exciting being asked to be interviewed. As the time grew closer I began to grow nervous. What if my fibro fog took over? I made notes on the topics that I would like to cover and reviewed them more than a few times. I knew the interview time was 6:45 p.m. and then the day before the interview I realized that the interview was not 6:45 p.m. my time but 8:45 p.m. My nightly routine is to take my medicine at 7:00 p.m. and begin getting ready for bed. I try to be in bed at 9:00 most nights. The night of the interview my nerves increased. I watched the clock and finally the time came for me to call in. Once Teri greeted me all of my fears went away. I was talking to my friend Teri and fellow advocate. She and I met because we were both chosen to become advocates with the NFMCPA. That weekend bonded us forever. In the interview I talk about why I became an advocate and my journey along the way. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did.

https://recordings.join.me/IYAVunKrl0StdyYPzAaSGg

Kickin’ the sugar habit!

Everyone has their “go to” food when feeling down. Mine is not only what makes me happy but what creates body pain. Sugar. It starts in the morning with a large chai tea from the gas station and when I wake in the middle of the night. I am not hungry it has just become a pattern. I eat sugar foods when I am feeling tired or depressed.

I have decided to start a 21 day sugar detox program. This isn’t the first time that I have gone off sugar. It was not easy but the results were so worth it. It showed on the outside because I lost weight and inches but that wasn’t the best outcome. My daily body aches, pains decreased and less fatigue. I stopped eating healthy and added my sugar when my Grandma became ill and was in hospice. I would sit by her bedside as she slept eating out of a can of whipped vanilla frosting.

I am working with a Lifestyle Coach. It may seem strange that as a Fibromyalgia Advisor I would need a coach. Everyone needs support from others who are trained in helping in specialized areas.

Am I looking forward to it? No, It is not going to be easy but I am ready to make a change. Stay tuned to see my daily posts during the 21 day sugar detox program.

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