The link below is to a blog written by a young woman in Australia who has Fibromyalgia.
She reminds me of myself in my younger days – determined, seeking to understand all aspects of her illness and, in effect, beat it at it’s own game.
She seeks a slow, steady and above all natural route back to health, and her blog charts her daily progress and gives lots of info about the various aspects she is focusing on.
It’s a refreshing and inspiring view of FM and the battle against it. Because it truly is a battle. A battle of our will over what the illness does to us, a battle of mind over matter most days, a battle to keep hold of who we are as opposed to what the illness makes of us.
I also find this blog inspiring, not just for the approach the writer takes but because she reminds me of my younger self. A self who recognised that medication side effects were sometimes not worth the benefits and who refused even antibiotics in preference to allowing my body time to fight the infection.
The me who often upset the professionals by following my gut instincts.
The me who hasn’t completely disappeared as I recently found natural ways to treat my depression and by cutting out the meds also got rid of my daily migraine symptoms.
I know that life in general often means we opt for what the “professionals” offer us. Work and families mean we want/need to feel better fast. And we cannot be blamed for that. Nor should we feel guilty for at least trying.
But – honestly – how many of us truly feel/get better using the drugs???
If we do find a drug that helps, is it actually solving the problem?? No!!
Most of the time it simply masks or relieves a symptom and can often create other symptoms from side effects in the process.
So, I also find this blog inspiring because it is a reminder that the professionals and their pills aren’t always right. That we have to take responsibility and do all we can for our own health and wellbeing.
We need to educate ourselves about our illness because often, the drs do not have time to properly keep up with all the research. They are human too. And because it is our bodies fighting against us….no one elses.
Anyway – go have a read. Follow this young woman’s journey and her battle against FM. The link is below: