The positive side of Fibromyalgia

The positive side of Fibromyalgia

I was reading a blog on another site of which the writer was writing the positive’s and negative’s of having fibromyalgia. Everyone was posting comments stating “what positives?” and how much the pain has changed their lives for the worse.
I sat reading them thinking how I understand their comments. I am there right along with them. But, I posted “Personally, having Fibro has affected me positively in 2 ways. I have started to excercise, more sleep and eat healthier (losing 20 lbs so far) and I have met amazing people on Healing well.com, pro-health and through local swimming classes for Fibro patients.”
There are so many days that I agree with those other posts. The tiredness and pain are just too much to want to go on – but then I go to one of my classes or log onto the computer and see other’s that are in the same boat as I am. We are all hanging on to a normal life as if we are clinging to a life preserver or the side of the boat.
It is such a daily struggle. I am not naturally a positive thinking person. I have grown up thinking the worst outcome that may happen will happen. I can’t allow that kind of thinking to take over. I have seen first hand through a neighbor of mine what can happen if you let this awful disorder get the best of you. Through the blog, postings and chat groups I have met so many people that are no longer working.
I am currently writing this from a hotel room in Denver, Colorado. I travelled today an hour by car, 1 1/2 by plane, then a train, bus and car to get here. Here – not being my final destination. I am headed for Vail for the weekend to have a girl weekend with a friend who I have not seen for 12 years. Once I arrived at the hotel – I went to the swimming pool and did my aerobics routine that I do at home. Physically – I have a headache coming on and my trigger point in my gluets and lower legs are kickin’ in…. but Mentally – I am flying high. The endorphin are reeling. I have amazing friends to loan me a condo to use, bring me to the airport, do my work for me at work.
I can almost guarantee that had I not have Fibro that I would not be here to experience this wonderful weekend of rest, recreation and relaxation. I am truly here because I have Fibro.
I have tried (not succeeded yet) to put myself of a path to make me healthier in all aspects of life. I have just begun this journey – altho days it may not seem worth it – I think that in the end I am teaching my daughter a very valuable lesson.
I hope to teach her to be as positive as you can given the adversities that face you. Embrace the friends in life that help you through the difficult times – they will be there for you good or bad. To live your life like the dragonfly – as if every day is your last – experience life to the fullest.
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