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Tap Into the Power of Directness: Use "I"

Tap Into the Power of Directness: Use "I"

Living with fibromyalgia can mean having limited energy, time, and bandwidth. You may find yourself needing to say "no" more often than you did before you developed fibro. Do you have a tough time being direct with others about how you feel? It's...
Posted 08/15/2019
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Who's the One Person You Should Always Keep Your Promise To?

Who's the One Person You Should Always Keep Your Promise To?

Keeping promises to yourself is a way to focus on self-nurture. This could mean making a commitment to "you" time on a regular basis to tend to yourself. Keep a regular date with yourself to focus on whatever helps you feel calm and centered in...
Posted 07/16/2019
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Telling White Lies

Telling White Lies

Have you ever told a white lie to be kind, to protect the feelings of others, or maybe to simply avoid stigma? You're not alone.For some living with a chronic condition, telling a white lie can be a way to save one's strength. Sometimes it's...
Posted 06/26/2019
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Say "No" by Saying "Yes" to Something Else

Say "No" by Saying "Yes" to Something Else

Saying "no" with grace and honesty can be challenging. Sometimes our fear of ending a conversation awkwardly or letting a friend or relative down can nudge us into saying "yes" to things that are difficult for us. When managing a chronic...
Posted 06/05/2019
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How Fibromyalgia Has Changed My Life

How Fibromyalgia Has Changed My Life

Before fibro I worked up to two jobs, raised three boys alone, and kept a clean house. Now I’m in pain every day, all day. I have trouble thinking, talking—can’t even finish a sentence most of the time. Not to mention the exhaustion. Getting out...
Posted 06/04/2019
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Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers

My name is Jessica. I am 55, and I have had fibromyalgia for over 25 years. Fibromyalgia frequently coexists with multiple medical conditions, and I am no exception. I am also bipolar, which predisposes me to fibromyalgia. Chronic pain and bipolar...
Posted 05/23/2019
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Putting Yourself First

Putting Yourself First

Have you ever put someone’s else’s needs ahead of your own? We all do it - we’re human, after all. There is a name for this generous tendency. Economists refer to this situation, when one person's well-being cannot be improved without making...
Posted 05/16/2019
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Are You Afraid to Say No?

Are You Afraid to Say No?

Yes. No. I mean – maybe? Well, okay. Have you ever wanted to be able to say "no" without feeling guilty? Without feeling you're letting someone down? Many of us struggle with disappointing anyone with a 'no.' At the same time, those two letters,...
Posted 05/01/2019
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What Lady Gaga's Fibromyalgia Diagnosis Does for the Rest of Us

What Lady Gaga's Fibromyalgia Diagnosis Does for the Rest of Us

Grammy and Oscar winner Lady Gaga (aka Stefani Germanotta) not only revealed she had fibromyalgia, but went so far as to make a documentary about living with fibro. Her actions created a wave of empathy and validation throughout the fibro...
Posted 04/19/2019
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients Get Short Shrift in ERs

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients Get Short Shrift in ERs

The study found that the main reason (33 percent) why CFS patients went to the emergency department was a condition called orthostatic intolerance. It occurs when a person feels faint when standing or sitting upright because not enough blood is...
Posted 03/18/2019
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