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How to Be Your Own Health Advocate

As patients we often hear that we need to be our own health advocate, but what does that even mean? And how do you do it? What does it mean to be a health advocate? The very basic meaning of advocate is "a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, cause, etc" or "a person who pleads for or in behalf of another; intercessor."  So, if you are a health … [Keep Reading...]

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What is Failure?

What is failure?

My inspiration this week came from my friend Jessica at No One Gets Flowers For Chronic Pain and her post on Famous Failures. She shares that she does not agree with … [Keep Reading...]

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Fibromyalgia and Celiac Symptoms Overlap

A July, 2014 by García‑Leiva, Carrasco, Slim, and Calandre shows that Fibromyalgia and Celiac symptoms overlap to a great extent. While  Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a co-morbid disorder with Fibromyalgia, and the gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms of IBS do … [Read More...]

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Do you use your illness as an excuse?

I have a confession, I've used my illness as an excuse a time or two. I've said I had a migraine to get out of something or to leave something early. We've had an event or two that neither of us really wanted to attend, so I developed a migraine after we got … [Read More...]

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Did You Fall Down? Fibromyalgia Fall Risk

A 2013 study followed 18 people with Fibromyalgia for 6 months. Guess what. 17 of them reported falling down. On average they fell twice during the six months, and nearly fell three times. Are you surprised? I'm not. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if they'd … [Read More...]

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Fibro Warrior Wednesday – Sara

Our Fibro Warrior this week is a fellow Alabama blogger. I didn’t even realize that she was also a Fibro Warrior until I put out an open call for people who might be interested in letting me interview them for this feature. This week I’m interviewing Sara (from Alabama). She was diagnosed with Fibro in 2007, at the ripe old age of 21 (we’ve had a lot of young Warriors share their stories lately).

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Sunday Inspiration: Chronic Illness and Friendships

Chronic illness can cause you to lose friends, often because you push them away. However, you may change what you prioritize in a friendship because of your chronic illness. However you choose them, friendships are important to your physical and mental health when living with chronic illness.

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6 Mental Actions That Will Make You Feel Physically Worse

When you live with chronic pain and fatigue, there are a lot of things that can make you feel worse. Over-doing it, crappy weather, stress. But, these are six mental actions that will make you feel physically worse. Feeling Sorry For Yourself!- When you focus on the negatives of your life, you increase them and […]

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Fibro Warrior – Sarah Woodard

This week’s Fibro Warrior is Sarah Woodard from Nashua, NH. She is single and lives with her two kitties (Jim and Yodette). She works full time, and enjoys martial arts, beekeeping, Reiki, reading, crossword puzzles, and knitting. She was diagnosed around 2000 at the age of 20, after having “unexplainable” symptoms for seven years.

Updates on Disability Accommodations

I started classes last week. This will be my first full week of classes, and it’s going to be a very busy week, and keeps getting busier. I did want to give a quick update on how things are going and my first impression with the instructors about the disability accommodations. Instructor 1 – I […]

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Asking For Help is Giving a Gift

I suck at asking for help, and I know that many of you do, as well. We have this belief that no one wants to help us. That we need to be independent and do as much as we can for ourselves. And, while that last bit might be true, the first part is so far from the truth.