Good Morning All!
If you have FMS, you understand "Fibro Flares"...they are simply a part of LIVING a fibroLIFE. It is true, we can avoid activities, foods, etc. that we know are triggers for us, but that is not a guarantee that we will not experience an increase in pain, fatigue, mental "fog", or any of the other seemingly endless list of FMS symptoms. This increase in symptoms, to those of you not already in the know is what we mean by a fibro flare.
Sadly, I've been in one of these flares for over a week now, thus I have not been blogging, posting much, etc. I have had to conserve energy for company we had, for taking care of my family, etc. This is a perfect example of how one does go about LIVING a fibroLIFE...one prioritizes. It is not that all of you do not matter to me, for certainly you do! It is just that I can be of no benefit to you if I remain in this flare, so rest has been necessary, PLUS, each of us must put ourselves and our families FIRST in our lives...because really, that is what LIFE is all about...it is WHY we all strive to LIVE.
My actual family...just as it is with you I pray...must come first, but never doubt that all of you are my extended family. I have done my best to keep up a bit of a facebook presence, and will continue to do so, while this flare roars on. Today, however, I will be spending time with my youngest son, Michael, so I may not be around a lot, but just like our old nemesis, the fibro flare, I will be back. Hopefully, unlike when a fibro flare visits, you will be happy for my return however!
I will do my very best to blog tomorrow. If not, I will check in on our facebook page, Fibro Life.
Praying you are flare free!
A new "Trusted Resource" has been added: Meet My "Trusted Resource", and, Proudly, My Friend...Ray Davis!
I am always talking about LIVING, thinking POSITIVELY, taking CONTROL of our thoughts, etc. as KEYS to LIVING a fibroLIFE. I give you suggestions from my personal experiences, but today I am taking you "straight to the horse's mouth", as the old saying goes, and introducing you to one of the best resources I have: Ray Davis and his website, The Affirmation Spot!
Visit his website and/or check out his page, The Affirmations Spot, at our Trusted Resources ~Meshea
Ray Davis, Founder of the Affirmation Spot, is a writer, thinker, and modern-day philosopher committed to helping people create a positive vision for their individual lives and and the future of humanity.
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About The Affirmations
We human beings think between 12,000 and 60,000 thoughts per day. Researchers indicate that a very high percentage of these thoughts are negative and a similarly high percentage are the same thoughts we had yesterday.
The principle behind affirmations is simple. Affirmations are a thought replacement tool. They help you become conscious of the thoughts you're thinking and replace habitually negative thoughts with habitually positive ones. Thoughts spark feelings and feelings change the energy of every encounter you have with every situation in your life.
The duel engines of affirmations are repetition and belief. Your negative thoughts have been working on you for a long time and saying or listening to affirmations does not instantly change them. You have to give the positive thoughts time to sink in. The process is very similar to an exercise program. At first the exercise hurts, then it feels good, then it transforms your body. Affirmations do the same for the mind.
Ray created this website in 2007 and began offering downloadable MP3 affirmations, drawing on his 20 years experience in writing, home recording, and using affirmations to work miracles in his own life. Thousands of people around the world have downloaded, used and loved Ray's mp3 affirmations.
From the beginning he had three simple goals:
1) Write powerful affirmations that have a real impact for people.
2) Make the affirmations affordable for everyone.
3) Provide the affirmations in an easy-to-use mp3 format.
- See more at: http://www.theaffirmationspot.com
Well here I am on week two of struggling just to stay awake long enough to get out of bed and awake long enough to eat something and go to the bathroom. My FMS and CFS are roaring loudly. My body is on a 4am to 3pm sleep pattern, if not continuously around the clock.
I never was a day napper, even with the Fibro, unless the CFS kicked in. I would have to take plenty of rest periods and my sleep pattern has always been insane. I normally can just push on but these two weeks have basically shut me down mind, body, and soul.
What do I think caused this????? Back in mid July I made a huge move to the outer area of Nashville, TN, with my daughter who is attending college. Nothing went right about this apartment hunt. Thank God for family. I packed my whole house myself. I helped my family pack the U-Haul. That night my daughter and I cleaned the old rental, including shampooing carpets.
The next morning I'm up at 6 am to drive the three hours to my new place, which was still having carpet installed when we arrived. More stress!!!! So the family goes to eat and I'm stressing out. They come back and it's done and we all unload the U-Haul. I'm finally to the point that I'm carrying boxes with tears rolling down my face. It's finally done. I just ask my dad and brother to please put my adjustable bed together while I am putting my daughter's bed together. We sleep.
The next day, I wake up to boxes on top of boxes and furniture on top of furniture, and in my mind, I have to get this apartment put together in two days or else. After all, that's how I used to work. I'm literally about to kill myself until my precious daughter looks me in the eye and says, "You are trying to undo in two days what it took you three months to pack. Stop!!!!!" But I was on an adrenaline high.
I did slow down some though, but only because there are a few pieces of furniture we need and can't afford yet. So yes, I still have some boxes sitting here, there, and yonder, and I haven't died from them being there yet.
My message to all of you, after all of that, if you are still reading, is: Don't push too hard on your good days or it will catch up with you and you will pay the piper. I know sometimes it can't be helped, but try to pace and take good care of you.
I'm so sick of this bed when my mind has a million things it wants to do. But I abused the ole FMS body and it kicked in the CFS, finally letting me know it needs a long rest.
Blessings and soft hugs❤
So you have Fibromyalgia (FMS) and you think you cannot travel.
This one post cannot possibly provide answers to all of the issues listed above, but there are answers. Rather than focusing on why these issues KEEP you from traveling, let us look at it all a bit differently.
Kim and I grew up in the same small town, went to the same little schools...
both had FMS while we were growing up in the same small town and same little schools...
but we did not LET it show, let alone ever discuss it with one another UNTIL much later in life. I believe she has much to share, and I am thrilled she has agreed to become a fibroLIFE Blogger.
Please click HERE to check out her bio and read her VERY FIRST BLOG!
What Does She Know About Fibromyalgia and Why Should I Spend My Valuable Time at www.MesheaCrysup.com
Having FMS myself, I understand having very limited "good energy". For that reason, I think this is a VERY important question for me to answer. I am going to do so, in part, by sharing a very brief bio with you, which you can also find at About Meshea. It provides a very abbreviated account of my personal and professional experiences. It also provides what the focus of the information you will find here will be. The other bit of information I would like to give you is this: While I will have "Fibromyalgia Basics" here such as "What is Fibromyalgia", you will NOT find me repeating or rehashing information provided by others. I know my strengths and weaknesses, and I have no problem saying, "Go HERE for THIS because they have done a GREAT job with it." (See our page of "Trusted Resources".) In fact, I am all about doing just that because, as I said, I have FMS myself...I understand having very limited "good energy". I will always strive to provide you with or lead you to the BEST FMS info available and I never want a visit to MesheaCrysup.com to be a waste of YOUR VALUABLE TIME!
Meshea's "BRIEF" Bio
Meshea worked as an RN in long term care as a staff nurse, Director of Nursing, staff developer and educator, consultant, and seminar developer, coordinator, and presenter until Fibromyalgia (FMS) finally stopped her in her tracks, literally! Looking back, it is now clear she had FMS since early childhood.
In spite of her medical background…and figuring out for herself that she had Fibromyalgia…it took years for her to get a correct diagnosis of FMS. It then took several more years of trial and error to develop the most beneficial and individualized treatment plan, which is what is required for anyone with FMS to function optimally.
Combining her personal and professional experiences, Meshea developed a program she called fibroLIFE© to effectively managing “fibro” in order to maximize "LIFE". An important aspect of LIVING to her is helping others who have FMS as a Fibromyalgia Patient-Expert, Writer, and Public Speaker.
Currently her focuses are:
Meshea Crysup lives in the first house restored in the Fountain Ave Restoration Area of Paducah, KY, USA, with her husband, Darren, and their furry, canine daughter, Cally.
There are many, many places online to get information about Fibromyalgia (FMS), but how do you know which ones are accurate and which ones are not?
When I decided it was time to return to blogging about FMS, I took some time to evaluate what was already available online. I had kept up with a lot of facebook groups, blogs, and other informational sources from my past, but I did not necessarily scrutinize their content. I sort of "chewed up the meat and spit out the bones", as the old saying goes, in my own mind and went on my way, not paying a lot of attention as to what came from where and such. I have had a lot of practice at this and have been at it for a lot of years now so that works for me, however, this will not work for everyone...especially new-comers... looking for information on FMS .
I also looked at what was available already because I see no need for yet another website or blogger to be re-creating what someone else is already doing VERY WELL. I see a major part of my "job" as searching for "Trusted Fibromyalgia Resources" that already exist and helping to spread the word about them.
I am happy to announce that the "Trusted Resources" page at "MesheaCrysup.com Living a fibroLIFE" is now available. Admittedly, there is not a lot there (as of this moment, 8:55 A.M., 9/9/2014) but I will be adding to it as swiftly as possible. I had NO TROUBLE at all, however, deciding who/what would be
at the top of the page: Celeste Cooper! I will be posting more about her soon, but for now, know this: If Celeste Cooper wrote it, passes it along, or promotes a thought, article, program, etc., about Fibromyalgia (FMS), you most CERTAINLY CAN TRUST it!
The second "Trusted Resource" I have currently listed is Melissa Swanson. I will be posting more about her as well soon, but in the meantime you can find the link to her blog and facebook page on our Trusted Resources page.
While there is certainly much more to come on this page, for now, I hope you will take the time to check these two ladies, and the information they provide, out. If you know someone who needs information about FMS, please pass these ladies' information along to them. After all, this is not a competition to see who can sell more books or have the most blog followers...and I know these ladies feel the same. We want YOU to have the very best information available to help you face LIVING a fibroLIFE. I am proud, honored, and humbled to say these "Trusted Fibromyalgia Resources" are the best place I know to start.
I am sorry to have been silent...I really have wanted to write daily. Not only do I feel I owe to my readers, but I really DO WANT TO WRITE daily. I live a fibroLIFE however, and must prioritize. When I "run out of day" before I write here, I feel like a failure and even question if I should be doing this at all. Yesterday, however, as I was exchanging "good mornings" with a dear friend, I mentioned that I hoped to write that day. His reply was short...but powerful. He simply said, "They need to hear from you." He did not chastise me for not writing daily. He did not tell me that "real bloggers set a schedule and stick to it". He did not tell me that what I say is of profound importance. He simply said, "They need to hear from you." I was cool and said, "Awe thanks!" but, in truth, alone on my sofa, I cried as I texted those words.
This same friend also told me a few days ago that all he knew about FMS was what I had written and he had read here. That statement made me realize that I had pages started but not yet completed and published which really needed to be completed... if I was going to keep blogging.
So...because of a friend...
Because of a friend kindly saying, in his own way, that what I was doing mattered...
You bet I am going to keep blogging! I am going to get better about reaching out to you all daily as well! I have also completed the page I had started on "What is Fibromyalgia?". Please click the link, give it a look, and pass it along to anyone you think might benefit from it
Because of a friend...y'all are stuck with me!
Thank you, Murph, my friend!