The Shadow Boxers, Fighting Fibromyalgia, Your personal Journal.

After you have been diagnosed with a chronic illness, you will begin to know yourself intimately. Some say you will decide, “what you are made of,” others, “what I can’t do anymore.” You will really be looking at your life as a half full or half empty glass. Some may not even see the glass. You will have to decide how you will live with this chronic illness. It won’t be easy. It will be one of the hardest things you have ever had to do, but you can do this.

I have co-written an interactive journal that is available for purchase on Amazon. This is not a self-help book like we are used to! Karen (my co-author) and I do not believe fibromyalgia is a ‘cookie cutter’ disease. We will give you suggestions, ideas to think about and implement if you decide they would work for you. This journal is to record YOUR thoughts and what YOU believe will benefit you! This will be your personal planner, your personal journal. You will make your own choices and write your own story!

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The Shadow Boxers is available to purchase in paperback and ebook format available on Amazon. Again, this will be in printed form and e-book. And do not forget to check out the resources personally recommended by Karen and myself! They are great resources! Whether you are new to fibromyalgia or have had this disease for years, this book will speak to you!

The Shadow Boxers Link to purchase on Amazon.

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An Interactive Journal Just For You!

We have covered some of the 6 healthy habits to develop in order to live your best life with fibromyalgia, those that have been reading these habits know that they can be applied to almost any time in your life that creates a huge change, negative or positive. These habits are just part of the information you can find in the interactive journal, The Shadow Boxers, Fighting Fibromyalgia.

We have Covered;

#1. Know Thyself {Know Thyself. }

#2. Adjust Your Attitude { Adjust Your Attitude }

#3. Develop Your Own Coping Skills { Develop Your Own Coping Skills }

As a reminder:

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The Shadow Boxers, Fighting Fibromyalgia goes into depth with the remaining positive habits. It also covers 7 areas of positive change that you may already be doing or may want to do. If you decide any of these changes are for you then you may want to implement some, this journal will guide you. The book also reviews definitions, helping you define your personal definition to express how fibromyalgia affects you as an individual. Then there are questions and answers for you to answer and a few personal stories. At the end of the book, there are a lot of invaluable resources for you to check out.

In this interactive journal, we offer options, not opinions.

Once you complete the journal you will follow prompts to help you write your very own story. Your story is yours alone to tell, no one can put the words together for your story but you. I co-wrote this interactive journal with Karen Anderson and we are hoping you will write your story, maybe even publish it! Information is power and knowledge of how this disease connects us yet separates us by symptoms is invaluable information!

I hope you order the book, it is on Amazon; in print and in Kindle versions, it is also available right here, I will mail you a copy! Think about it but until you decide, keep working on the first three healthy habits!

My wish for you remains the same… and that is to lead your best life even with fibromyalgia or any other chronic illness or distressing life change that may come upon you.

Live your best life!~Kim

The Shadow Boxers, Fighting Fibromyalgia, Your Personal Journal

$12.95

If you have any questions or concerns, remember, you may always reach out to me! Here is my email address; itrippedoverastone@yahoo.com.

What the Heck Do I Do Now?

So you have purchased The Shadow Boxers, Fighting Fibromyalgia by Kim Johnson and Karen Anderson… or maybe you are still thinking about it? Why buy this book? Will one more journal do anything more for me? Let me tell you why we wrote this journal and share with you what others are doing, then you decide.

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This is a very basic journal, we share definitions and stories and then ask you to join in with answering questions and prompt you to write about your own fibromyalgia journey. Looks reasonable …

 

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Sure. Easy enough, right? Maybe not. It is a blank page! What the heck do I do now? You write, draw, color, scribble, yell, cry! This is YOUR journal! You do whatever seems right at the moment. Don’t worry about penmanship, grammar, spelling! Just write. Get what you are feeling off your chest and maybe tomorrow you will add some different things or maybe in a year you will purchase this journal again and your answers will be completely different. However, you fill out this journal is the right way because it is yours!

Here’s a few examples, just food for thought… these are neither correct or incorrect, these are what the writers were feeling at the time. (And this is why the journal was left unlined, so you have choices on how to fill out your pages.)

 

The right way to use this journal is your way.

Purchase from this site.

The Shadow Boxers, Fighting Fibromyalgia, Your Personal Journal.

Change your outlook! This new interactive journal addresses day-to day challenges, showing you how to fight flare-ups, effectively cope with chronic illness, and participate fully in your life again.

$12.95

The Shadow Boxers Link to purchase on Amazon.

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The Shadow Boxers, Fighting Fibromyalgia, Your personal Journal.

After you have been diagnosed with a chronic illness, you will begin to know yourself intimately. Some say you will decide, “what you are made of,” others, “what I can’t do anymore.” You will really be looking at your life as a half full or half empty glass. Some may not even see the glass. You will have to decide how you will live with this chronic illness. It won’t be easy. It will be one of the hardest things you have ever had to do, but you can do this.

I have co-written a book that is due to be published on Amazon at the end of July/early August! This is not a self-help book like we are used to! Karen (my co-author) and I do not believe fibromyalgia is a ‘cookie cutter’ disease. We will give you suggestions, things to think about, and a journal all in one book! This journal is to record YOUR thoughts and what YOU believe will benefit you! This will be your personal planner, your personal journal. You will make your own choices and write your own story!

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The countdown is on! The sample book is on its way to my house… as soon as I have looked it over, I will request the publisher to go ahead and make it available on Amazon. Again, this will be in printed form and e-book. And do not forget to check out the resources personally recommended by Karen and myself! They are great resources! Whether you are new to fibromyalgia or have had this disease for years, this book will speak to you!

The Shadow Boxers, Fighting Fibromyalgia, Your Personal Journal

$12.95

The Shadow Boxers Link to purchase on Amazon.

IMG_2890~Kim

 

It’s Real!

I started co-writing a book in November of 2016. I thought the writing process was difficult. To a degree, it felt traumatizing, memories of an accident and the years following trying to get a diagnosis. But the truth was, writing about it was cathartic. Not only did I face my demons, I put them in line and banished them one by one.

The publishing process has been demanding to say the least. My time of pouring out my story, thoughts, and ideas was over. The task at hand was grammar and punctuation! A tedious yet necessary process. I was not prepared for the amount of time-consuming work it took to turn my manuscript into a published book. But I completed it, somehow.

I want to share the cover! 

I-AM-SO-EXCITED!

This is just crazy! The books will be available on Amazon by the end of July! I am starting to believe this is real.

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The Shadow Boxers, Fighting Fibromyalgia, Your Personal Journal

Change your outlook! This new interactive journal adresses the day-to day challenges, showing you how to fight flare-ups, effectively cope with chronic illness, and participate fully in your life with fibromyalgia again.

$12.95

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The Shadow Boxers Link to purchase on Amazon.

I am Tired.

I am honestly doubting myself tonight. Am I strong enough to get through the next week? Every thing I am trying to do is crumbling around me and I just keep smiling and saying “yes,” “yes,” “yes!”

I’m trying to fix a line editor’s suggestions for my book, but I didn’t have the right program so I had to buy one and install it on a computer that continually freezes.

The actual work to get this book from manuscript to print is unbelievable. There is something to be done every single day for the publishing company, exhausting.

I can’t get my WiFi updated until Monday, it is only Wednesday…

I can’t sleep, my iron levels are low and my restless legs are raging! I need to go into the hospital for some iron injections but I won’t – yet, I know I can drop two more points before it is serious.

I have photos to rate on FOAP (don’t ask.)

I received a blogger recognition award that really made my day, but I don’t have time to do what it requires of me … I think I must decline it.

I was asked to provide some of my craft project pictures on a DIY craft site! I am thrilled but I can’t get my computer to cooperate.

I just became a member of a bloggers network, I haven’t put the time in that I should. I have a wealth of information at my finger tips, I just don’t know where to start? I don’t have the energy.

I briefly check in with my support group that I am a co-admin of. I’m not pulling my weight.

I haven’t walked the dogs, made supper or done a load of laundry in over a week … my husband never complains and THAT makes me feel worse!

My husband says I am in control of my guilt, he can’t help me with that … he nailed that one.

Am I strong enough to get through this week? Yes. But I am tired.

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I am a Shadow Boxer

The Shadow Boxers, Fighting Fibromyalgia, Your Personal Journal

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The Shadow Boxers

Fighting Fibromyalgia

Your Personal Journal

 

What is a Shadow Boxer? A person who fights an invisible illness. A person who overcomes what tries to bring them down. A fighter. We are all Shadow Boxers. We all have had to fight through insurmountable odds at one time or another. Every day people have a personal conflict to fight through. For some it is just a part of the human condition, for others, it may be a chronic illness. Everyone has a story they have never told … I just happened to write about how to shadow box a chronic illness. The Shadow Boxers, Fighting Fibromyalgia, Your Personal Journal is written by Karen Anderson and I and is being edited for print as I type this…

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The cover of our book has taken many, MANY hours of thought, editing, adjustments, and caused confusion, even conflict at times. Silly, really. A cover of a book. Does it really hold that much importance? Yes. It is important. I will share with you what the cover means to me.

In Norse Mythology it was said that the god of war and wisdom, Odin himself, had two ravens, one on each shoulder. They symbolize thought and memory, sight and sound. At times, thought and memory can be fleeting for a person with fibromyalgia battling fibro fog. Sounds can be overpowering, eyesight can be affected. The Ravens were also looked to as a sign for the outcome of a battle! If the Ravens were active, the battle would be won, if not, the battle would be lost. We never know from day-to-day, even hour to hour if we will win our battle. The woman in the picture is representative of Freya, the Norse goddess of war, ready for battle. We all have the spirit of Freya in our souls, we may get knocked down but we get back up. We look to the Ravens to be active, and a victory for the day will be ours!

Can you guess I am Norwegian? I do love mythology! All kinds, but I must express my sincere delight when reading about the Norse mythology … I love that the women were great fighters, as skillful as the men. Vikings, explorers, ready for battle; men and women.

So the journal will be printed and sold on Amazon. I will, of course, post the date it is available for sale as soon as I know. I hope you have enjoyed exploring the cover with me! The contents will lead you in battle, presenting you the necessary skills you choose to acquire to live your best life with fibromyalgia!

(For further content information go to I Could Write a Book… on I Tripped Over a Stone.)

The Shadow Boxers Link to purchase on Amazon.

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I Could Write a Book…

I am writing a book! It began as a labor of love in October of 2016. Then, well, labor … The time that it takes to write and re-write, edit, format, design a book jacket, pick a platform you want to publish your book with, and redo the whole process two or three more times to ensure its “good” enough! Oh my! I could go on and on. Do I think it will be a best seller? No, but a girl can dream. Do I think it will be an asset for individuals with fibromyalgia? Yes! There is no question in my mind. You may ask, “What possessed you to write a book about fibromyalgia?” My answer, “The lack of positive information available for those of us actually trying to figure out how to live with fibromyalgia.”

I am writing this book with Karen Anderson, a friend of mine. Together, we have been living with fibromyalgia for over 50 years. I have consumed books written by doctors, nutritionists, physical therapists, functional medical practitioners, and even a few books by individuals claiming they were “cured”! What has all this reading done for me? I can find the doctors, eat the diets, take the pills, go to distinct therapy programs, and reiterate my entire life to a functional medicine practitioner! But I am still stumped by the “cured.” This is a central nervous system disorder, there is no ‘cure’.

I want to learn how to live a full, positive and purposeful life with this disease!

How do we LIVE with fibromyalgia? Really live? I want a book that helps me set up a plan that works for me. I don’t need to know how Suzy Q. down the street manages her fibromyalgia. She is not me. I want to know how to live my life, purposefully and with joy! Fibromyalgia is not going anywhere. It is a life sentence. Well, I want that life sentence to be a positive one. Again, I ask, how do I live with my fibromyalgia?

So, Karen Anderson and I set out to provide some ideas and insights so our readers could decide what works for them and what doesn’t. We wrote a book that defines numerous choices you can make to learn how to live your best life with fibromyalgia. We’ve researched and written down some concepts, but the rest is up to you! This is your personal journey with fibromyalgia.

I guess I’ve learned, no one can tell me how to ‘handle’ this disease. I have to be my own specialist. I have to do what works for me. There were many years (and tears) of trial and error. There will be for each and every one of us with Fibromyalgia. There comes a point when one more visit to a specialist is too much, one more supplement or pill is too much. There comes a time when you want to put into practice what you’ve learned and just live! We must always seek knowledge, but learning to live your best life with fibromyalgia is the point to the book I am co-authoring with Karen.  I can’t tell you what works for you, only you know! You have the power to decide!

This book will be in an interactive journal format and will prompt you to make your own plan, write down your own ideas, and figure out what your life will look like! This is for us, Fibro Warriors, and to a life well lived!

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The Shadow Boxers Link to purchase on Amazon.

 

The Shadow Boxers, Fighting Fibromyalgia, Your Personal Journal

$12.95

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It’s so beautiful when the boy smiles…

Nothing lights up my world as much as when my husband smiles! He has a beautiful smile. When he laughs, really laughs… I can hear the joy in his tone and it’s infectious! My husband, my dogs, this is my world, my little family. I am grateful. I am blessed.

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I fought very hard to regain my health after a car accident in 1998 left me with a myriad of chronic pain conditions, one of those being Fibromyalgia Syndrome. I wanted to live the life I felt I should live. I had a career! It had always been about a career for me. Not dogs, not kids, not a husband! Some days it is good to step back and re-evaluate your life. Why are you doing what you are doing? Why do these ‘things’ mean so much to you? What would happen to your self-worth if these things were taken from you?

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Well, everything can all be taken from you in the blink of an eye. No matter how sucky you think your current situation is… it can get worse. What we forget is it can get better! It will get better! Illness creates a detour in our lives. Sometimes the detour is temporary. Other times the detour becomes permanent. It’s acute vs. chronic. The biggest challenge you will ever face in your life is to take that detour and realize it will be permanent. Your life will change, drastically.

Guess what? I used to drive a new SUV and wear suits to work. Now I don’t even have a car, and I wear jeans and sweats.  I take a über if I need to go somewhere or wait until my husband gets home from work to run errands. Anything I need to do during the day, I can still do after 5! It’s a 24-hour world now. I shop at thrift stores. You have to find the good ones, so you visit quite a few but then you hit the jackpot! I refurbish old furniture and sell things on Craigslist. I order my groceries online, this helps me stick to my budget and stops the impulse buys. We purchased a duplex. I take care of renting and paperwork for the upper level (we live in the lower level) and I determine our monthly budget. My husband despises paper work and budgets. I write this blog, I am co-authoring a book, and I am an administrator for a Facebook Group called Fighting Fibromyalgia with Kim, Karen, and Andrea.

It took me quite a few years to get to a standing position again after my accident. I made a lot of changes. As soon as the anger dissipated and the pity party came to an end, I realized this is now my life, better make the best of it. I had read everything I could get my hands on. I had spent an enormous amount of money on doctors. I had tried every alternative treatment available. So, I stopped. I stopped! I started doing what worked for me. I began taking the correct medications that worked for me. I put together an exercise program that worked for me. When I was tired, I rested. I found out who this new Kim was going to be. A  5’2″ blonde woman with fluctuating weight, a husband that loves me unconditionally as I love him, a dog mom and a writer, blogger, and group leader. This is my life now. It is a GOOD life, a healthy life, a fulfilling life. Was it what I had imagined? No. It’s better.

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