First blog post

I accidently did this backwards…lol.  This is my second post but is showing as my first.  My name is Lisa and my main goal is to no longer be quiet.  I have fibromyalgia which is incredibly hard on my body and the other facets of my life. I also have so much going for me in my life and I refuse to let this get to me and it has been lately.  I know I am not alone in this.  I hope to get a discussion going and connect with others around the world like me.


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Already taking a sick day…

I had been working on a post to publish tonight but today I am sick.  I woke up exhausted, nauseous and body sore. I felt worse over the morning and listened to my body.  I unapologetically napped and watched movies with my cat, Dexter. 

I love naps but have a hard time with not knowing how I’m going to feel each hour. It effects my life negatively as it sets me back too often.  It gives me anxiety and makes me feel useless.

I am glad I know myself enough and listened. My body needs rest today.  I needed to be kind to myself on many levels. 

Here’s hoping for a better day tomorrow.

Things I can’t live w/o when having a fibro flare up

10 Things I can’t live without when I’m having a flare up day:

I am lucky I have found things that do work for me and I’m always looking to see what works for others so I can try.  I am on medication which doesn’t manage the symptoms enough for me.  I try to go the natural route as much as possible… I have a lot of responsibility and like to be aware of what I’m doing and my surroundings.

  • Comfy clothes- I like to wear soft items made of cotton, in winter add big socks and slippers.  I wear jogging pants at home and leggings if I unfortunately have to leave my house.
  • Cuddling with my boyfriend- Human touch feels amazing and for me simply being on the couch with him makes me feel better.  He is very relaxing and calming for me.  I find it’s easy for me to fall asleep despite feeling awful.
  • Naps with my cat, Dexter- I love my cat and napping with him is one of my favourite things to do with him other than sharing my snacks.
  • Doing yoga/physical activity-When my doctor first advised me physical activity is helpful for fibromyalgia symptoms I didn’t think it could be true.  It didn’t make sense to me to get up, move and be active when feeling stiff and sore.  I did reluctantly try it and after a week I started to notice a difference.  Its been two months since making physical activity a priority.  I definitely notice a difference in my flexibility, ease of physical activity, muscle growth, and I’m able to slowly challenge myself with difficulty of activity.
  • Sending memes with my best friend, Katherine- She also has fibromyalgia and we are frequently in a lot of pain which can be distracting and difficult to deal with some days.  We pretty much send memes everyday to each other.  We have the same sense of humour and inundate each other with hilarious meme after hilarious meme.  We know in order to keep ourselves going each day we have to keep laughing a lot.
  • Epsom Salt Bath/Fibro Soak- Soaking in a hot bath is incredibly soothing and relaxing.  I have lavender scented Epsom salts. Also, I use a fibro soak I purchased from a holistic store.  It is I am good for about 15 in the tub.  It doesn’t take all the pain away but it is a great distraction and it does take the edge off.
  • lipstick- I feel it’s not bad enough I feel so awful I do not want to look like it.  I wear lipstick a lot.  It’s something that can be relatively inexpensive, I feel good wearing and it’s easy for me to put on.
  • Netflix- When I have a day that requires me to stay in bed for the day I am thankful for Netflix.  I love all the categories and it is easy for me to return to shows I started because of their menu.
  • Heating pad-Heat works for me.  There are days where mine isn’t turned off.  When I’m in pain my heating pad is on and I’m in bed, watching Netflix or napping with Dexter.



New path unfolding

This weekend I realized I have a new reality and I have to face it.  I have fought too long quietly and alone.  I can’t shut down and I can no longer ignore it.  I am chronically ill- I have fibromyalgia and sick sinus syndrome with pacemaker.  The fibromyalgia being the worse of the two.

I am chronically ill but I am also a Mom, a friend, daughter, girlfriend and a business owner but most of all I am a person who is worthy of a great life.

I am near the end of my grieving period with the fibromyalgia diagnosis.  Now it’s time to learn how to manage.  To me, that means making changes and trying new things.

I’m excited and scared as I don’t know what the future holds for my health.  I am chronically ill but I am also stubborn and do not want to become my illness.  I want to enjoy life the best I can and get the best out of it.  I will  not be accepting of anything else.

I want to share my journey and experiences.  I hope to get a discussion going about chronic illness but also find time to share the awesome stuff in life.


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