I did not know what FIBROMYALGIA was until I was diagnosed this past November 2018. Being the teacher/learner I am, I began to research and found great resources (some really bad). I have become pretty educated about what it is, how it affects me, the whys (as much as there can be), and how to "manage" it so that I can live my life FULLY, on my terms, even while having pain. I feel that sharing my journey can give insight to others on their own, much like others have helped me.
I have always been devoted to family and all things that make us a unit. As a kid, I ate up my grandmother's stories of her childhood. I relished in her tradition of baking Christmas cookies (20 or so varieties), giving each of her six children's families a box full. I cherished, even then, the gathering of all my aunts and uncles and 30 cousins at my grandparents' home to enjoy a wonderful meal full of loud banter, the grown-ups at the "big" table and we kids next to them, at the long row of lined up card tables. We would wait patiently for the adults to finish eating, my Uncle Dave and Uncle Fred purposefully torturing us by getting a FOURTH plate full of food. I can still play the 4-D movie of all us kids sitting on the floor as one present was passed out at a time for us to anticipate opening.
These were very special moments when the worries of the daily grind vanished into laughter, peppermint, and wonder.