1. It turns you into an idiot
Fibro fog takes over your brain and suddenly the once intelligent person you were goes out the window. The next thing you know you’re forgetting Dr Pepper in the freezer and it ends up exploding all over the place, this has never happened to me. It’s even better when you forget someones name when you’ve known them forever and you’re in a conversation with them. It really makes you feel special.
2. A lot of gross things happen to you
I plead the fifth here. Try not to use your imagination.
3. It makes you fat
So deliciously fat. Because all sick people do is sit around and eat twinkies all day.
OR what is more likely:
Some doctors like to claim people are fat and then they get Fibromyalgia, when it’s actually the other way around. Believe it or not, being in pain and feeling tired all the time does NOT make you want to exercise. SHOCKING! In fact, it’s actual a barrier to exercise! So sometimes people gain weight. Even people who try not to. Imagine that!
4. It takes all your money
Fibromyalgia is expensive. It destroys your body, makes working difficult, and then makes you spend tons of money on doctors appointments and coping techniques. It practically sucks money from you. My yearly cost of heating pads alone is several hundred dollars. That’s not even factoring in the cost of health insurance, co-pays, or prescriptions. There is a reason most people with Fibro are broke and it’s not because we spend our money on Disney vacations.
5. You can’t eat things that taste good anymore
Everyone with Fibromyalgia has been on some sort of diet. Some go gluten free, some do juice diets, some go vegan or dairy free. There is an endless amount of confusing advice out there about how diet effects Fibro. It’s like doctors don’t think we are miserable enough, so they take away our chocolate and pastries so our misery will be complete. And then we STILL get in trouble for being fat. I mean, what else could they take away from us?
6. Everyone expects you to be inspirational
“Oh I don’t know how you live like you do, I could never do it. You’re SO amazing”! Barf, we’ve all heard it. I’m not an inspiration, I’m a cranky 31 year old that’s pissed I can’t have a real life. Too bad no one asked my opinion on things.
7. It changes your personality
“Wow, you’ve changed SO much.” Yes, believe it or not my entire life being turned upside down HAS changed me. *Gasp*
8. People tell you to smile a lot when you don’t want to
If I had a dollar for every time someone told me to smile when my life was in the shithouse. I hate being told to smile. I will smile when I darn well feel like it. I don’t have to smile when everything is falling apart. Please leave me and my RBF alone.
So there it is. I hope you enjoyed my cranky, angry, sarcastic, and hostile post!