My friend, you are not alone. Nine years ago, I was diagnosed with Primary Fibromyalgia. It turned my life upside down. I sought a second opinion secretly hoping that I didn't have this horrendous condition. Both times the specialist confirmed that it is what it is. And that I must just live with it. Neither doctor's gave me much hope.
So how do we manage our disabling pain day after day? Year after year? How do we be the moms, sisters, daughters, and friends that we're called to be in the face of sheer agony?
On May 12, 2017, it's Fibromyalgia Awareness Month. In effort to encourage those who are battling this disorder, I want to share that my own fibro journey has empowered me to take my health into my own hands. To consider every possible change that could increase my quality of life.
Was this long climb up the steep mountain easy? No. Was it an overnight success? Most certainly not.
However, by being open and willing to seek positive change, I gradually experienced significant improvements. Not just with my body, but also amazing breakthroughs in my ability to focus, stay on task, remember important information, have brighter moods, and get the rest that I needed.
Over the past nine years, my biggest lesson and near death experience taught me this: There is hope for healing. Naturally. Without one drop of a harsh chemical.
There's a saying, "You don't know what you don't know." Well, just because you don't know what it's like to be pain free doesn't mean you can't aim for being pain free. Just because traditional doctor's claim the way to manage inflammation and pain is pharmaceutical drugs doesn't mean that it's the only way.
With every single prescription, there's a bucket load of negative side effects and potential interactions. One drug always leads to another drug. Before you know it, you're taking a potent cocktail of chemicals.
Every organ of our body is directly or indirectly impacted by each drug. Our kidneys filter the drugs. It may or may not result in bladder issues, urinary tract infections, or Interstitial Cystitis. Among other annoying ailments include insomnia, migraines, IBS, brain fog, depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, nonstop physical pain, and the list goes on and on.
In addition, a lifetime of medications will catch up to us. It can create a toxic body. There are long-term implications to long-term drug use. Our bodies were not created for toxicity. The good news is that there's much gentler ways to manage Fibromyalgia as well as other health concerns.
We mustn't believe for a minute that this hellish suffering is forever when there's options available today to rise above chronic pain. You have a choice. Hope is a choice. Seeking and being open to natural solutions is a choice.
I have Fibromyalgia, but it does not and will not define me, my passion, my talents, my goals, my dreams, my future, nor God's purpose upon my life. Today, I pray that you don't permit Fibromylagia to define you, either. That you step outside the box to consider real solutions for real problems.
For the long version of my fibro story, you may find my book on Amazon.