Wow, BethR55! I could not have written that myself one bit better. Congratulations and thank you for putting a positive spin on living with Fibro.
I was diagnosed with Fibro over 30 years ago, when they really didn't accept this as a medical problem. I did, however, come across a medical doctor who was ahead of the times. He got me started on research and reading everything I could possibly get my hands on to truly understand this condition. He also started me in Lyrica (which was about the only drug that studies at that time showed that it "may" help.)
I later went on to become an R.N. and worked in the field of rehabilitation medicine where I constantly helped others with pain and other serious medical issues. After many years at that I became a Hospice nurse, where pain control, support and understanding again became my driving force. I know that working in nursing to help others actually helped me more.
Anyway, humor and a positive spin on life has me still going fairly strong now in 2013. Those things, knowledge, and knowing that there is a reason for my having fibro are what keep me going. I have good days and bad, but I have been fortunate enough not to become bedridden. I can't work any more, but I can laugh, help and support others with their chronic medical problems, and continue to care for not only my quality of life but also the quality of life of others whether they are young, old or in between.
I hope others with fibro can learn from you and others who think like us. For right now, I think that's all we can do.View Thread