My name is Michelle and I am 36 years old. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 8 years – together 11 years. We have one child, Michael Richard (Mikey), who will be three in June, 2014. We also have two cats, Anibel and Mama. I love to read, listen to music, take pictures, learn new things, gardening, hiking, spend time with family and friends and of course shop (what girl doesn’t).
I was diagnoised with Fibromyalgia when I was about 17 or 18 years old. It took my doctor about three months to diagnose me. I was just feeling pain all over my body, having trouble sleeping and just not feeling like myself.
I have been living with this disease for over 15 years now and it doesn’t get any easier. I think as I am getting older, I am finding things happening to me and my body, which is due to the fibro.
In order to start trying to have children, I had to get off of all my medicine. Because of that, I have not been on any medicine for over 7 years now. It has been a very hard struggle. I do take supplements and try to watch what I eat. I have tried exercising, but I always feel worse after.
Everyday is a struggle but I know I have to deal with it. Some days it is very hard to get out of bed because of the pain. Then when I do have a flare up, I feel sorry for myself and get depressed. I know that is all part of the disease, but it never gets any easier.
I know how hard it is for people to understand what fibro is all about, so it is hard for them to support me. I do have some support from family and friends, but the others just don’t understand. Nobody really understands unless they are going through it.
I know as I get older, things are just going to get worse. As I mentioned, I am 36, but sometimes I feel like I am much older. Somedays I just wish I could feel my age and be able to do certain things.
Well, I just have to do what I can and live with what God has given me. Things happen for a reason!