Month: December 2016

The Ultimate Fibromite Christmas Present Guide

As we get ever closer to the ‘most wonderful time of the year’, I am totally overwhelmed by the choices and options for presents. I have been asked numerous times what I would like for Christmas and I genuinely couldn’t think of anything specific. So I started to do a bit of research, looking into things that I might like to receive at Christmas and ended up developing into this very blog post.

So, if you have a Fibromite in your circle of friends or family and you would like to get them something awesome and thoughtful and incredibly perfect, for less than £20, then look no further than this list! Obviously, there will be some female bias, but I have tried to include items that are suitable for anyone. Please also note, that this is not a sponsored post and that all the items mentioned have been chosen because I love them and would like to receive them myself.

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Mindfulness For Health – Week 1 Wild Horses

mindfulness-for-health-introduction-1These are my experiences of the Mindfulness for Health course I recently completed. This article is not a substitute for attending a course yourself and will only give you a small insight into the course and its effects on my journey. The book that supports this course is available to purchase here. For more information on attending a course in Sheffield, see here.

It’s very likely that if you suffer from chronic pain, you have turned your pain into some sort of evil demon that you try to avoid and that you fear. Week 1 of the Mindfulness for Health course was all about reconnecting and making contact with your own body once again. But why would I want to reconnect with the painful body I am trapped within? Why would I want to listen to the pain screaming and actually acknowledge it? Surely ignoring it and denying it was the right thing to do?

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A Letter to Myself

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A letter I wrote to myself on the final week of the Mindfulness for Health course, which Jane posted back to us. It arrived this morning.

Dear Emma,

Don’t be so hard on yourself. Life is often difficult, lonely and filled with pain, but it is also so much more than that. Take the time to notice the good and enjoy the pleasant.

The most important message to take from the mindfulness course is to be kind, mostly to myself, but also to others. Accept your limitations, pace yourself, rest, breathe, smile. Remember not to be angry with yourself or feel guilty, it is not your fault. Give others the benefit of the doubt when they are flakey, seem distant or just don’t take your needs or feelings into account. No one can understand your condition or how their actions impact on your health.

Take the time for self-care, meditate, move/exercise, relax, enjoy. Don’t feel guilty for looking after you.

Commit to yourself and your health. It’s important, YOU are important.

Continue to spread awareness and be a positive voice for Fibromyalgia. You can make a difference to your life, and to others. Be strong, be bold, be awesome.

With Love

Emma xxx

Fibromyalgia and the Five Stages of Grief

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For a short while after my ‘diagnosis’ of Fibromyalgia, I felt relieved. I felt that finally the way I felt had a name and that meant I could start getting better. That feeling was short lived. A diagnosis of a chronic, life-long condition takes some getting your head around. You feel a range of emotions, but one of the strongest for me was loss. I was in the mid-30s and I was being told that from now onwards I would be constantly in pain, I would be fatigued more often than not and that this would continue for the rest of my life. What about all the things I planned to do? The hills I hadn’t had time to climb just yet, the games and fun I wanted to have with my daughter as she grew up, the career I wanted to pursue?

The loss of your former life, along with the loss of your future dreams and aspirations does bring with it the same feeling of loss you would experience when a loved one dies and so you do find yourself going through the five stages of grief, as identified by Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

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