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The symptoms of Fibromyalgia and many other chronic illnesses are debilitating; impacting on our work and play, our relationships and community, and even our sense of self. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 2004 and didn’t think I was going to be able to continue to work at the job I loved and I questioned whether my husband, family, colleagues, or friends could continue to care about me because I felt like damaged goods. It felt like the me that I had always known was lost and I needed to figure out who I was and regain my self-esteem. I felt like the puzzle pieces of my life had fallen apart and I didn’t know how to put them back together because so many of the pieces had been destroyed or changed their shape.

Chronic illnesses are physical in nature and most everything written is about how to managing symptoms either medically or through life-style changes. Developing a chronic illness, however, also does a number on our emotions and our thinking. On this blog I will share how I dealt with the painful emotions and resolved the psychological issues that have, along with physical management, led me to a sense of wellness and a new normal. And of course chronic means forever and life continues to change so I will my share my current struggles and successes.

I am currently leading a very good life and want to share how I got here and my current journey, my struggles and successes. Although FM seemed to have taken over my life in the beginning, now it is only one small part of who I am. Every day is a new day, some good and some not so good, but I am living life fully through my relationships, travel, photography and writing. I am experiencing a lot of joy and what you to be a part of it.

Thanks for visiting and I hope what you find here will touch you in a positive way. If I spark an idea within you, I hope you will share your comments, thoughts and reflections with me. 

Cheers!

Pat

7/8/2013 Update:

I have been blogging for a year and have noticed a delightful shift in the focus of my blogging. I am not as interested in writing about dealing with a chronic illness but instead love sharing how I see the world through my reflections – recorded in photography and writing. I have healed emotionally so that chronic illness is no longer central, instead I find great joy in touching the lives of people through what my mind can produce as I interact with the world around me.

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