superman HEROES  

Heroes are people like you and me. Who choose to act selflessly.

Heroes give all they have, then give some more. Heroes take action when action’s called for.

Heroes pick themselves up when they make mistakes. Heroes keep trying. They’ve got what it takes.

Heroes are willing to give their all, They stop, look, and listen, then answer the call.

We look to heroes to show us the way.  To go the extra mile, to seize the day.

So be kind and helpful whenever you go.  For someone may look to you as a hero.

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In my classroom my students read the above poem titled “Heroes” and discussed what makes a Hero.

We talked about how Heroes come in all forms.  Not all of them wear a uniform and seldom do they get enough appreciation and thanks that they deserve.

The poem made me start thinking about Heroes. It really stuck with me. I asked my students to who they considered a hero.


spidermanThe younger students named superhero’s they have seen in movies like Spiderman, Batman and the Avengers. The older students listed Fireman, Policeman and Soldiers.fireman hat

I asked a 5th grader the same question, he answered “my Dad”.Image result for father and son holding hands


Sometimes Heroes are easy to spot because of what they wear. Fiction superhero’s wear disguises often using red and blue colors. Those who protect us in civil service and military jobs wear uniforms to identify them.  We learn as kids that fireman wear red hats and police wear blue uniforms and a badge. We watch on the news when “ordinary” people doing extraordinary things to help save other peoples lives. The official national colors of the United States are seen on the American flag: red, white, and blue. The United States flag’s represents Heroes that have helped shape and protect our Country.


As I listened to them read the poem it struck me ~ it was the perfect poem to describe the Fibro Warrior.fibro girl

The parent/grandparent that spends all of their “spoons” taking care of their children’s needs from cooking & laundry to volunteering as a Girl Scout leader or in their classroom.

The adult children while facing their own health issues will travel to visit their aging relatives even though it is so much more difficult for the fibromite to travel.

The Advocate/Leader who works tirelessly at the cost of her/his own health and pocket book travelling the country spending day & night to ensure others are trained advocates to help “Make Fibromyalgia Visible”. They fight for the awareness, education and laws that are needed to protect those of us facing an invisible yet very debilitating illness.

The friend who continues to put others first helping them during a time of loss or illness all the while wearing a mask forcing a smile trying not to show their true feelings of pain, exhaustion and depression.

The child still learning how to express their feeling of pain and isolation. Often struggling to convince adults(parents, teachers, doctors/nurses) that even though all the tests show there is nothing wrong with them the pain doesn’t go away.


Purple is a combination of red and blue. Red often represents fire and pain (flare-ups). Blue is not just a calming color but it can also be used to describe sad/depressed.

It is said if you surround yourself with purple you will have peace of mind. Purple is a good color to use in meditation.

Using purple in your life can help to rebalance your life, remove obstacles, calm overactivity or energize for depression.  It can uplift, calm the mind and nerves. Purple is symbolic of bravery and courage.

Whereas, Fictional and Non-Fictional heroes uniforms/costumes are often red and blue. It makes sense that the invisible heroes use a purple butterfly or ribbon to show our alliance in an army fighting against an invisible enemy. Heroes can be described as “a being of extraordinary strength and courage”,


“Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.”

~ John Wayne










Tami takes back her life and you can too!

tami001Tami Stackelhouse is a Fibromyalgia Health Coach who lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Scott and their 3 cats.

I met Tami in October 2014 when I was at the NFMCPA Leaders Against Pain Training. During our self-introductions she stated, “I help women with Fibromyalgia find hope through one-on-one coaching and patient advocacy.” “I know my purpose in life has always been to encourage hope.”

Tami was sick a lot as a child. She said, “My parents always said that they took me to the doctor for maintenance”. She had mono when she was in 8th grade and recognizes she had symptoms even at a much earlier age. People diagnosed with Fibromyalgia often had an emotional or physical trauma that triggers the onset of Fibromyalgia.

Working 9 years in an extremely stressful job was Tami’s trigger. She left the job in 2006 and was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2007. Like most Fibromites, Tami has her list of co-morbidities. Chronic Headaches, IBS, Hashimoto’s disease, TMJ, Raynauds, Sleep Disorders, Adrenal Fatigue & Depression.

After trying many medications and treatments she decided to work with a health coach. After 6 months of working with a health coach her life was greatly improved.

She wanted to be able to help others the way she had been helped and decided to become a health coach and work primarily with Fibromyalgia patients.

She wanted to share her experience and try to help others live with Fibromyalgia, emotionally adjust, find good providers, manage their energy and find treatments that really do help. “Fibromyalgia changes your life and you have to change your expectation and how you choose to live” says Tami. “Self-Care, not pushing yourself too hard, learning how to take care of yourself through sleep and diet helps manage your conditions”

Tami encourages hope and healing as a coach, author, and patient advocate. 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.

Chosen as one of the 15 Best Fibromyalgia Blogs of 2015, Healthine says that reading Tami’s blog is, “like having your own health coach and guest posts are inspiring too.”

Tami is a graduate of the Leaders Against Pain Scholarship Training sponsored by the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association and a member of the Leaders Against Pain Action Network.

Tami has recently published her first book being released June 2nd,2015 appropriately titled “Take Back Your Life”.Stackelhouse_Cover_3D_FINAL

My Book review; I highly recommend Tami Stackelhouse’s book. Having learned to manage her own Fibromyalgia and being a Fibromyalgia Health Coach, Tami passes her experience and knowledge onto others so they do not have to spend their time researching what she has already done. Her style and format ensures the reader will not only have a better understanding of fibromyalgia but learn how to manage pain, sleep, and energy and how to work with Doctors and a health coach. If you have fibromyalgia and are looking for a book that is easy to read, offers helpful tips on living with fibromyalgia or want a better understanding on how to manage fibromyalgia symptoms this is the book for you. You can find out more about Tami at www.MyRestoredHealth.com.


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