This song came out just before I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and became my theme song for the year of 2016:
This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me
~Rachel Platten, Fight Song
The Fight Song
Let’s face it, with Fibromyalgia, none of us have it completely together. Facebook shows us all the good sides of everyone. (Well, most of the time.) There is the facade of the smile when we are out and about making it look like we have it all together. What about the other side of us? The real us fighting strong to take our life back and prove that we are alright.
The Fibromyalgia Flare
I fight hard with sleep, keeping my stress to a minimum, eating healthy (no gluten, dairy, soy, corn), and exercise. I would say I typically have it together; however, when one of my balls that I am juggling falls, I am good for a flare. I left Corporate America so that I could work at home, on my own schedule, and take care of my familiy and myself. Most of the time it works well and I do keep my flares to a minimum. However, every so often, there is a time when just a ton of things hit at once and the Fibromylgia flares up and the symptoms try to take over.
The Brain Fog
Have you ever left your groceries in the car overnight because you pull into the garage and walk into the house to put something else away and just forget? Seriously, right?! My boys asked me to make Chicken Avocado Soup for dinner (a family favorite). No problem, but the thing is, I also had a seminar that I was hosting that same night and I just ran out of time. I typically go to the grocery store once a week and get everything I need for the week, but this was the particular day that we needed to go. I realized I wasn’t going to have enough time, so we grabbed some Chick-fil-A on the way home to feed the family and decided the soup would wait until the next evening. Grocery store, Chick-fil-A to feed my family, and seminar. Easy peasy, right?
The 2AM Wake-Up Call
Who gets the middle of the night wake up call and then you lay there in pain with insomnia for a good one to two hours before getting back to sleep? I get this nagging achey pain mostly in my legs and hands, the shooting pain through my legs, hands, and arms, restless legs, and this itch that is so deep and will not stop. I want to crawl out of my skin. This always hits me when I am not getting enough restful sleep. When I was working full-time, this became a huge ordeal and a viscious cycle. On top of that, I was dealing with the migraines, TMJ, congestion and pressure in my face, acid reflux, chest tightness, IBS, brain fog, concentration issues, you name it! #HotMess!
I’ve Still Got A Lot Of Fight Left In Me
Despite all the symptoms of Fibromyalgia, I fought hard in 2016 to get where I am at today. I still have some flares here and there, but they don’t last long because I know how to fight them. My word of the year last year was “health”, and we conquered it. We moved, I left my job after ten plus years, I prioritized my family and health, and while doing all that, I found my passion and purpose in life in helping others.
Can you relate? It’s always nice to know we aren’t in this fight alone. Contact me – I would love to hear your story!