I learned a lot for fibromyalgia.
Some things I want I never know, while others have made me a better person.
Here are five things I learned:.
1. It is acceptable to say “no”.
I have spent most of my life trying to please everyone, so I rarely used the word “No”.
Now, it seems like the only answer to all the questions they ask me.
Say no, it was something he hated doing.
I felt like I was leaving people.
Learn to say without feeling guilty was difficult.
I realized that my body does not allow me to do what I want.
It’s not my fault and I should not feel guilty.
I am a volunteer and I do not engage in events or projects because I can not always fulfill my obligations.
I hate canceling at the last minute, but sometimes it is necessary.
I have talked to my family and friends so that they understand that there are times when I can not do what is expected because of my health.
If you do not understand, it’s your problem, not mine.
2. Not all doctors know what they are doing.
Doctors are ordinary people.
They make mistakes. They do not know everything.
They have bad days, and sometimes they make decisions that they should not take.
If I think that any health professional does not understand what I say or do not listen to, I go there.
It’s time for a new doctor. Getting a second or even a third opinion is not a bad thing.
If I do not feel well, I go elsewhere.
My health depends on being well informed and the doctors taking the time to listen.
3. Listen to your body.
I hate to admit it, but I felt part of my pain and suffering.
I did not listen to my body when I should have it.
If I have a lot of pain, now I rest. I do not push myself as I did when I was younger.
Being in harmony with your body is one of the best ways to know when a crisis is about to happen. I have warning signs that I am looking for.
Headaches and shoulders are often the first indicators that a crisis is just around the corner.
I can not stop it, but I can be prepared.
4. I found who my true friends.
I lost friends and family because of my illness.
I learned the hard way that really cares about me.
I cut some people, because being close to them was bad for my health.
Why do I want to submit to negativity and accusations?
I prefer the people who build me, not the ones who knocked me down.
5. I am not alone.
And you neither. When I started to have symptoms, computers and the Internet did not exist.
Now we have the world at our fingertips.
Online support groups are a source of friendship and love.
There are so many people who feel like me in the world … Now, I have friends who I can express my feelings, I find the purification.
I appreciate the friends I made online.
I met incredible warriors of fibromyalgia, who taught me more about this disease and also showed me that I still care!
My illness does not define me, but it changed my life so that I could not imagine it.
Take time to think about what fibromyalgia has taught me has given me a new appreciation of life.
See how I have evolved over the years are not as depressing as I thought.
Although I was suffering, I am physically and emotionally stronger because of it..