Community Helps Me Live Better with Fibromyalgia

by | Dec 2, 2022 | BHC News, Fibromyalgia, Impact Stories, Patient Voice

I felt like a normal mom. I had three girls, so I was busy, but I still liked to hike, bike, run and go for walks. I had finished my bachelor’s degree and considered getting a master’s when my youngest started school. I kept up my teaching certificate in the meantime. In October 2013, I began to feel unwell. I had left flank pain and extreme fatigue. By Halloween, I entered the ER. They couldn’t find anything wrong with me. For the next several months, I struggled with my health. In July 2014, my doctor diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. Since that time, I have worked to improve my health.

One way has been the Lunch & Learn meetings, which are part of the education and outreach program of the Bateman Horne Center. I have come to love my time in these meetings. I feel cared for by others who understand my condition and have my best interest at heart. I can voice my frustrations and concerns. I can listen to new ideas to improve my health. I can sit among my friends. I am encouraged to exercise while listening to my body’s needs and rest, communicate with health professionals, and teach my family about my abilities and limitations.

This community has been with me on this journey for the past several years, making my condition more bearable and life more enjoyable. I have been able to present ideas to the Lunch and Learn group giving back to the community.

I am still a mom of three girls, so still busy. I am working on my genealogy credentials. I still like to be outdoors and ride my electric bike or do slow walking.

 

 


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