Chronic pain

Inspiration, The Blog

Warrior? That’s What We’ll Become

Fate whispers to the warrior, “you cannot withstand the storm.” And the warrior whispers back “I am the storm.” ~ unknown

I love this “warrior” quote and have referred back to it many times throughout my battles with chronic pain. It is the defiance of answering fate back that most appeals to me. The thought that OK, I have my lot in life but I don’t have to like it or accept it.

So often now, we see titles such as Chronic Pain warrior, Fibromyalgia warrior, Chronic Illness warrior, Spoonie warrior. They are everywhere, often preceded by the # on social media. But what does it really mean to be tagged warrior? Do you have what it takes to even be a warrior?

The definition of warrior is “one who is engaged in or experienced in battle.” Other meanings include “one who is engaged in conflict or struggle.”

“A person who has shown great vigour, courage or aggressiveness.” Continue reading

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Words I never thought I would hear myself say…

…that at this moment in time, Fibromyalgia is the least of my worries – yep, you heard it right.

This post is well and truly from the heart. The tears fall as I type. I am not sure if you can relate or even if it is in the spirit of Fibro Fantastic but hey, it’s my blog and my little space on the worldwide web to share my story.

Fibromyalgia has been my constant companion since 1989. I didn’t ask for it to join me on my life’s journey but after all of these years, I like to think that we have an understanding. We have rules to play by, me and my Fibro.

For my part, I treat it with respect and keep it in check most of the time. It on the other hand, reminds me every so often how disruptive it can be to my existence. How it can stop me in my tracks and lay me low until such time as I take notice. It teaches me to take care of my body. To rest, to nourish myself with good food and to keep my stress levels in check. When I forget the rules, it makes me pay with the understanding that with self care, I can ultimately get back on track.

At the end of July 2016, I was involved in a car accident and sustained injuries to my neck and back.

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