Engage.

I made soup! I made soup. Cabbage roll soup. It is delicious and freezes up in smaller portions very well … the point is, I am trying to re-engage in life. Healing from pneumonia that I have takes weeks, sometimes months. This virus has caused my fibromyalgia to flare with a vengeance. The fatigue itself is overwhelming.…

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The Pineapple Persuasion

I’ve decided I like pineapples. No, I really do! I like the way they taste. Sweet. (Get your mind out of the gutter perves.) I like the way they look, prickly on the outside, with a crown on top! I love the colors; yellows, oranges, and greens… I buy pineapples, I eat pineapples, I decorate…

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Seven Symptoms of Low Ferritin

Iron Deficient, Anemic Lady with Fibromyalgia! (Whoa…What?) It’s good to be back! I have some amazing news! The riddle of my mysterious, continuous fibro flare has been solved!!! The not so good news (for me) is this is a chronic issue I will need constant medical intervention for. You may, too? Hemoglobin and iron are proteins in the body. Hemoglobin…

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Trust Me, Eat the Monkey.

I had a friend tell me that she used to trust anyone that could write a prescription. So did I. Trust. That is a big word. Those five little letters in a row can be life-altering. Do you trust me? Do I trust you? Trust is a knife wrapped with a bow. A gift that can…

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The Slam Dunk Seven Symptoms of Fibromyalgia!

Fibromyalgia comes with so many symptoms and coexisting conditions it is difficult to know if you are suffering from issues directly related to fibromyalgia or a different illness. There are a few common symptoms of fibromyalgia that you can count on being by your side once you are diagnosed. Maybe not all, but here are The…

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Why is Chronic Pain so Tiring?

With fibromyalgia, as well as other chronic pain diseases, the brain is constantly firing pain signals. Our brain receptors are consistently attempting to keep up! Brain scans have revealed that those with fibromyalgia, are not producing enough of the organic chemical; dopamine. This low-level restricts our ability to maintain a sense of well-being. Remember the fight or…

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The Underlying Cause of Fibromyalgia

I happened upon a ‘little’ medical journal that ended up being a fascinating read. I like to explain fibromyalgia in relatively simple terms, but this article made me stand up and take notice. First, we will explore what the “experts” concluded. Then I will let you know MY conclusion! According to the US National Library…

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School Shootings, “I” am Responsible.

It is Time to Replace “They” with “I.” I grew up with guns in the home. My father was the city Mayor. Therefore Chief of Police for our small town. That job came with a gun and a badge. We were told never to touch the gun, and we did not. The adults in my family hunted.…

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May 12th is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day!

What is Fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia Syndrome is a cognitive disorder that affects the central nervous system. This is a disease, and there is no cure. This disease is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, chronic fatigue, depression, fibro fog, and fibro flares. Fibromyalgia is a central nervous system disorder. The brain is continuously firing pain signals throughout the body. The…

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Before I tripped Over a Stone, Fridays, #15

Getting ready to go back to college! I had been to college for a year back in 1986, but I was unsure what I wanted to major in. So I took some time off to work. After four years of working in clinical settings, I knew my best bet was to major in social work,…

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May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month, Really?

The National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is May 12th… but I am going to celebrate all month long! May really is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month. I often wonder if we are to be appeased by recognition? It doesn’t make me want to get out a banner and parade around like a beauty queen, “Hi, I am Mrs. Minnesota,…

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Hello, Shadow Boxer?

The dictionary defines shadowboxing as a form of exercise used for training in combat sports. In psychology “shadowboxing” is a process one uses to overcome a negative self-image so success can be achieved. In the book I co-wrote, The ShadowBoxers, Fighting Fibromyalgia, Your Personal Journal, we define Shadow Boxers as individuals who are fighting against a disease…

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