Friends with Fibro

Trade Fibro Shame for Acceptance and Better Quality of Life

Trade Fibro Shame for Acceptance and Better Quality of Life

Experience has taught me that trading fibro shame for acceptance leads to better quality of life. Is it a factor of my age? The length of time I’ve had fibro? Or is it that I’m in a better state of mental health than when I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2003? I don’t know. But today, I share the fact of…

4 Ways to Conquer Crazy All-or-Nothing Thinking

4 Ways to Conquer Crazy All-or-Nothing Thinking

All or nothing thinking is harmful in a number of ways. It limits a whole world of possibilities by trying to force everything into one of two polar extremes. It creates unattainable expectations, for example: if I’m not absolutely perfect at everything, I must be an abject failure. Or, when the unrealistic ideal of perfection can’t be realized, I take…

4 Consequences of Pushing Through Pain and Fatigue

4 Consequences of Pushing Through Pain and Fatigue

It is oh-so-tempting to keep pushing through pain and fatigue to get things done. Whether it means cooking dinner for the family, attending an important event, finishing your hike, or completing a work project. I’ve certainly succumbed to the temptation many times over the years since my fibromyalgia diagnosis in 2003. Now, I do it as infrequently as possible, because I’ve…

Fibro, Frailty and – Joy

Fibro, Frailty and – Joy

My fibromyalgia has slowly eroded much of my strength. I often also have injuries which render me even more physically useless than normal. I struggle with my inability to contribute in a physical way to our day to day life, but I’m getting better at accepting it for what it is and finding gems of joy.