Acceptance? Here’s your ticket!

I have repeatedly been asked by people how I ‘accepted’ my chronic illness? Actually accepting and getting to acceptance are two enormously different things! I used to think acceptance was an ongoing process. Now, I’m not so sure. If you are in a race, and you cross the finish line, you are done with the…

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The 7th Stage of Fibromyalgia.

  I found an article that was written in 2014 by a woman named A. Wise. She talked about there being six stages of fibromyalgia. I read through them and was a bit stunned when I reached the sixth and final stage she described. Let me do my best, to sum up, Ms. Wise’s six…

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Be.

We have all welcomed in the New Year and are coming off of the excitement of the ball drop on 2017. I did make a promise to myself, a resolution of sorts. Nothing fancy and not about dieting or working out! I want to “be.” This year I want to “be” the person that I would…

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Pause with patience in 2017.

If there is one thing I have learned from fibromyalgia it has been this, to pause before reacting requires patience. I was once guilty of going 100 MPH out of the gate to condemn what I saw as bullshit. I called it how I saw it. I was tired of the “emotional” excuse, and the…

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Practice Koselig

Koselig is a Norwegian word, loosely translated meaning cozy. Koselig is much like the Danish word Hygee also meaning cozy. Since I am of Scandinavian descent, heavy on the Norse (yes we have lutefisk for Christmas), we will talk about Koselig. The practice of embracing all things cozy! If you practice Koselig, the winter blues…

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Mudita – finding joy in the joy of others — Picnic with Ants

“Mudita is a word from Sanskrit and Pali that has no counterpart in English. It means sympathetic or unselfish joy, or joy in the good fortune of others.” (1) I bring up Mudita now because those of us who are sick often find it very hard not being able to participate in celebrations this time…

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Today is “do-able”.

I was officially diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2001, but a car accident in 1998 was the catalyst for my chronic pain. By 2011, I was pretty confident in my ability to handle my fibromyalgia. I was great at scheduling out my household duties with rest included in the schedule. I had one primary doctor who…

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Spoons, Clean or Dirty?

  I’m sure you have all read the spoon theory? I love the spoon theory. No matter what chronic illness you have or who of you know someone with a chronic illness you have to read the spoon theory. I will give you a quick synopsis. If we look at activities in our lives and…

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