5 ways fibromyalgia makes you awesome

5 ways Fibromyalgia makes you awesome

Today I dropped a bunch of 2 x 4s on my foot. It’s swollen and bruised, but after letting off a few swear words I went back to my original task. My son asked me if I was going to rest my foot and was surprised when I told him no. His question made me realize that I’m just used to functioning on a much higher level of pain than normal people. What’s a swollen foot compared to pain spread throughout your entire body? That’s when I realized that I was awesome and kind of a bad ass. Not only am I awesome, but so is anyone else with Fibromyalgia or any other chronic illness.

5 Ways Fibromyalgia makes you awesome (and a straight up bad ass!)

1. You have a real life superpower. You can withstand incredible amounts of pain that would knock a healthy person flat on their back. You walk around like normal, but inside you are stronger than everyone else because you have been through so much.

2. You sympathize with others. Whether they are feeling physical, emotional, or spiritual pain, the battles you have fought taught you to care for other people. You know what it’s like to struggle, to be misunderstood, to be ignored, and you don’t want other people feeling that way.

3. You can find joy in the smallest things. The limitations of your disease have taught you to take nothing for granted. You may notice the sound of the birds, or the color of the sky more than you did before you got sick. You don’t take a good day for granted, even if you don’t do anything exciting.

4. You adapt well to change.  No one likes change and most people avoid it as much as possible. And yet you face uncertainty every single day and manage to conquer it. Each day you wake up and you have no idea how you’re going to feel and how it’s going to effect your life, it’s a complete guessing game. Yet you manage to adjust to whatever your body throws at you every single day.

5. You are a medical expert. When you first got sick you thought the doctors would take care of you, but you quickly learned that most doctors are less than helpful. So you waded into the murky waters of the internet trying to find more information. You learned what sources were accurate and what sources should be discarded. You figured out the minutia of your disease and found a way to live with it. You literally know more about your illness than most doctors, and that makes you awesome.

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14 thoughts on “5 ways Fibromyalgia makes you awesome

  1. Oh My Gosh, Shelley!! I'm going to print this off and pin it on my fridge, or maybe I'll blow it up and hang it in my living room. You made me realize I CAN BE AWESOME AND SICK!! What an amazing thing. Thanks again for your wonderful ability to put so many of my thoughts into words, lol!!! Love ya and keep up the good work!!

  2. Thank you so much! Just today I needed to read something like this. I felt really bad about my condition and about getting up every day even when I have so much pain, and now, after reading this I feel really good about myself. Even with all the pain I’m feeling I get up everyday and continue with my life. I need too and I have too. I have a 6 years old that needs me, and I want to be there for her. Yes, I have a super power. I can continue even with my pain. I go to work, I try to do and effort to be there for my daughter, I try to make new things despite the pain I’m feeling, I do continue.

    Yes, sometimes I feel too bad just to get up of my bed, but I really try and after few hours I do get up and continue to move and do things as nothing is happening when in reality I’m dealing with a lot of pain all over my body.

    Thank you, I got up today with a smile in my face and willing to try to do it better everyday, because I have a superpower!!! 🙂

    Hope you feel better everyday and some day the pain goes away.


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