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.

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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.

Success with Oska Pulse!

Looking to reduce your pain without medications? Would you like an easy to use simple device that can be worn without anyone knowing you are using it? No known side effects. Made in the USA. No batteries. No electrodes and patches to replace or adhere to your body.

I found it!

Before I could receive the Oska Pulse, I was scheduled to speak with the business development manager, Andrew Cross.

During our call, Andrew shared the history of Oska Wellness. I am always fascinated by origin stories and they have a great one. An early model of the Oska Pulse was used to help a Koala named Oscar recover from being orphaned and caught in a wildfire.

Not only did we talk about Oscar the Koala, but we also talked about the science behind the device and how to use it. Andrew explained how it works and shared several success stories.

“Oska is a wearable pain-relief remedy developed to reduce muscle stiffness and inflammation, help ease chronic pain and increase mobility through its proprietary eTec technology. It optimizes pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF), allowing people to live a more active, pain-free lifestyle. It’s small (the size of a cell phone and just as light), portable, drug free and has no side effects. To ensure the finest quality control, it’s made in the USA.

Oska’s unique method of delivery mimics the electrical currents we produce naturally. Decades of research has shown that PEMF signals pass through bone and all other tissue virtually unaltered, opening cells to receive more nutrients and oxygen, more effectively removing waste products. Oska was designed to address specific areas of the body, especially the major joints most susceptible to injury or degenerative issues.

Oska uses a unique delivery method called “Sequential Protocol Programming,” four frequencies specifically related to muscle ease, bone repair, capillary dilation and pain reduction. By helping to release the body’s natural endorphins, Oska helps reduce pain, promoting increased range of motion. By dilating blood vessels, it reduces inflammation. The increased oxygen rich blood flow promotes muscle recovery.”

Read more on their facebook page: Oska Wellness

Andrew and I discussed where my worse pain levels were located and decided on a plan. I would first wear it on my lower back for 5 days using it 3-5 times a day. The longer you have experienced pain or the worse your pain is the more you may have to use it before you will see results. I was also told to make sure to drink plenty of water when using the Oska Pulse, this will help the body with recovery.

When the box arrived I found the Oska Pulse device, a compression wrap, a USB charger, a travel charger, and a user manual. It is 5.25 inches x 3.5 inches x 1.25 inches (13.3cm x 8.9cm x 3.2cm) in size, and weighs 2.12 ounces (60 grams).

The lightweight device can be worn by itself or place it in the included adjustable velcro compression strap which can be position the device near the problem area. The device can be worn comfortably under or over your clothing. When OSKA Pulse is on it emits a blue light around the product and runs for 30 minutes at a time. It beeps to let you know it’s turned off and you need to hit the button again.

I live my life daily trying to find the right balance, the right treatments to help lessen the pain and reduce the inflammation. Oska Pulse mimics the natural electric signals produced by the body to promote recovery. They have found that in over 70% of cases it dramatically reduces pain and inflammation. For me that was reason enough to give it a try.

I have used various devices trying to find something to relieve the pain. I have had success with a tens unit but Oska Pulse is not like a tens unit.

Without even having put it on I had high hopes for it being better than the tens unit. There are no sticky patches, wires, electrodes or batteries hanging down or having to be replaced. It doesn’t have to be placed on an exact site. It just needs to be in the general area of the pain.

I decided to wear it while at work which involves both sitting and walking. I placed it on my lower back over a blouse with a light sweater over it which did make it slightly visible. I did not feel anything while it was on. No tingling. No pulsing. The kids at school got a kick out of the fact that Mrs. Swanson was “glowing”. I found how much easier it was going to the bathroom while wearing the Oska Pulse than my tens unit with all of its wires.

The first few days I did not do a great job of turning it back on. The kids started telling me if I didn’t have the glowing blue light. After a week I began to hear the beep that would go off when the device was going to shut off and I would reach around push the on button. I did not notice anything different the first few days but after a week I began to see a real difference. I decided after a couple of weeks to try it on my knee. I was pleasantly surprised at how much better my knee felt.

My experience has been very positive and I am definitely recommending this product.

BUT…. (there is always a but)…

OSKA Pulse is what I consider expensive ($399) but when I think about how much I spend each month on supplements, prescriptions, lotions, etc. It really isn’t that much.

OSKA Pulse should not be used if your are pregnant, breastfeeding, if you have an implant made from magnetic materials at the site of your pain, or if you are currently being treated with chemotherapy.

As with any treatments the results of the pain relief vary from one person to another.

However…

OSKA offers a 90-day money back guarantee so there’s really no risk to you. If you get it and it doesn’t work just send it back.

It’s battery has a long life; only charged once since I have received the product.

It has been a wonderful addition to my arsenal of tools to use against fibromyalgia and it’s “evil sidekicks.”

Learn more about the OSKA Pulse and order here

Also, if you use code: FIBROWARRIOR when you order you can save 5%

I am so tired…. How tired are you?

I might have the chinese disease – Dragon Ass.

I’m retired. I was tired yesterday & I’m tired today.

My tired is tired.

I’ve been hit by a Mack Truck.

I could fall asleep standing up.

I asked some of my fibro friends what phrases do they use to tell people they are beyond tired. <

Here are some of their responses.

I’m….

~ bushed ~ fried ~ beat ~ shot ~ wiped ~ worn out ~ drained ~ spent ~ out of gas ~ plum tuckered out ~ pooped ~ dead tired ~ run-down ~ dead on feet ~ all-in ~ done-in ~ just plain tired ~ tuckered out ~ drowsy ~ ready to drop ~ weary ~ finished ~ dog tired ~

No matter how we describe it unless someone lives with a chronic pain illness they have no idea what it feels like having that kind of fatigue.

How do you express the fatigue that you feel?

Dishes can wait, life can’t

dirty dishes

Have you ever entered a friends house without them apologizing for how the place looks? “Please excuse my mess_______ (fill in the blank with your choice of why the house is a mess). Most of the time you enter the friends house and think this is what they think is bad? This is my place on a good day.

It doesn’t matter how clean the place looks we never feel it will hold up to others standards.

I think of all the “excuses” I have heard from others. Kids are little, was gone all weekend, haven’t been home all week, everyone has been sick,

A friend was telling me about a house that she was helping prep to go on the market. The house was owned by a 80+ year old who lived alone and had began to show signs of dementia. She started telling me it had not been truly cleaned in a long time. A few of the many examples she gave me was there were cobwebs on the tops of the curtains, the back splash in the kitchen was not clean and bathroom tiles were dirty.

I could hear the judging, the sound of disgust in her voice I know partly it was because it fell on her to clean the place.

The only thing that was going through my head is that I did not want her to see my house.

My house is always picked up. It isn’t what I would consider cleaned. I can guarantee that our TV stand has dust on it, the mud room needs to be swept and the pictures in the hallway need to be dusted.

Prior to getting sick I would be up early to make breakfast, prepare dinner and do some cleaning before I went to work. After coming home from work I would run errands, finish making dinner, do chores around the house and still have time to play games on Facebook and watch TV before going to bed.

It takes longer for me to do the tasks on my to do list than others. Any overexertion can cause more pain and exhaustion.

The first few years of being ill I would try to be the wife/mom that could do it all and still have a clean house. I would pay for it later. I refused to let my illness keep me from going to all of our daughters school/sporting events.

Slowly, I began to allow myself the rest time I needed and cut myself some slack.

Now, 8 years into my new life I have prioritized what is most important. I have accepted the fact that I can not do it all. I have learned to put my health before the chores around the house. I choose to use my energy to make memories with my family and friends.

After all, dishes can wait life can’t.

Turmeric Curcumin with Bioperine Review

Disclosure: “I have been given as part of a product review. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.”

turmeric curcumin

I have been using prescription anti-inflammatory medications for years and was glad to try a natural anti-inflammatory and doesn’t have all the side effects as the NSAID group.

I was offered a months supply of Schwartz Bioresearch Turmeric Curcumin with Bioperine in exchange for an honest review. I have only been using this product a month but I have already noticed a big difference. I have fibromyalgia, sciatica, arthritis of the knee, myofascial pain syndrome, & more…

Instead of going through all of my symptoms I decided I wanted to share with you my experience with my knee pain. I had surgery 20 years ago to remove meniscus which has left it being almost bone on bone. I am always in pain. I wrap it with KT tape and use ice packs nightly. I noticed it did not take long after I began taking it to show positive results. I have not wrapped my knee in over a week and have only used ice packs once in the past two weeks.

I strongly recommend this product for anyone struggling with fibromyalgia, chronic pain, back problems, inflammation, or achy muscles.

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Just a few of the many symptoms/illnesses that Turmeric Curcumin with Bioperine is used for are arthritis, joint pain, fibromyalgia, stomach pain, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and fatigue.

How does it work?
Turmeric contains the chemical curcumin. Curcumin and other chemicals in turmeric might be beneficial for treating conditions that involve inflamation.

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