Living with Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that can cause widespread pain and tenderness over much of the body.
This weeks post is a little different than my usual how-to posts. I thought it would be nice for you to know a little about the person behind the articles.
I normally do not share this part of my story but I am at a point in my life where I am trying to embrace every part of me. Including my continuing journey with fibromyalgia a chronic illness and how I cope with it.
I am feeling very vulnerable writing this. Please understand by no means am I looking for sympathy, I have an awesome life and I love it. I believe your state of mind can greatly affect these conditions and mine 95% of the time is positive. 🙂
A few years back I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, IBS, and chronic fatigue (they usually go hand in hand). I take 2 different medications to help with the fibromyalgia.
I am in denial about my condition. What do you mean I am not a superhero? I have a mug that says I am wonder woman lol. Until I have a flare up like I did this week.
I spent all day in bed this past Sunday to Wednesday with joint pain from my fibromyalgia and migraines, I was completely exhausted. I did get out of bed Wednesday night but woke up again on Thursday with a headache and fatigue from the earlier part of the week. I did manage to go to my one night a week 4-hour shift at a local craft store. I woke up today with a bad migraine again. This would be the reason that you are hearing my story instead of a how-to article.
I love life! But sometimes my condition can take a toll and I find I am actually starting to feel depressed and then I feel guilty because:
- so many people have it worse than me
- my husband has to do more than his share
- I cannot get a lot done around the house
- I don’t paint as much as I want too
- I usually have to sleep through the day from 1-4pm to function the rest of the day
- I did not get my weekly how-to article done this week 🙁
- when I do paint other areas suffer and on and on
My Studio Buddies
Here are my two studio buddies Jack the cocker spaniel (he just had a haircut and was cold) and Charlie my tuxedo rescue cat that is the sweetest little animal I have ever had. Pets are such a gift, their unconditional love and entertainment bring so much joy to my life.
I am so very lucky and thankful!
I believe that art is healing and without it, I am not sure where I would be
I am not one to throw a pity party and I try to stay positive, it is what it is. I really believe that you get out of life what you put into it. I try to be thankful every day for what I do have and I try to live a stress-free life.
If you asked how I was, my reply would be “I am awesome” I am so very lucky and thankful because:
- I get the privilege of doing what I love
- I have an intelligent and beautiful daughter
- I have a supportive family
- I have an awesome and supportive best friend
- I have made some wonderful friends due to art
- I am able to share my joy for art and my knowledge with you 🙂
Here I am as a child painting before bed with my cat Pepper. You just have to love those curlers lol
I am an artist, I have been creating since I can remember. My mother was creative and always encouraged her children to be as well. I love creating and sharing so much I can’t imagine my life without it. Even before I was diagnosed it had made a huge difference in my quality of life. Even with all of my challenges if changing them meant that I could not be an artist, I wouldn’t change a thing.
The biggest thing to take away from my story is that I am blessed and thankful for being an artist and having the opportunity to share that with you.
I have learned that any goal in life is attainable you just have to keep going no matter what obstacles you face. It doesn’t matter how long it takes you just as long as you are heading in the right direction.
Everybody has a story and that is mine. What is your story? I would love to hear it.