and to a great team. I really don't know when I was diagnosed but it was sometime in the 90's. I had enough pain that I kept getting slower and slower at work. I found deep tissue massage as a wonderful therapy. The 1st year was extremely slow going as she couldn't go to deep but as time has gone on, I find I am one tough cookie with massage and can't wait until I see her again. Got a therapist that understood the pain of FM. I am now retired and we travel. I have some concern about finding therapists in new areas. We winter in the deep south of TX and I have on good one there as well. So this fall with our traveling (which isn't real comfortable to me) if i don't find one, we will be heading down a little earlier than we think. I really need to be away from the winters in MN.
Best wishes on your journey to a healthier lifestyle.
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I'm a bit of a newcomer with the diagnosis, apparently--only six years or so-- plus, I have an unidentified connective tissue disease that is NOT lupus... hm. LOL
The team is always discussing how for us, exercise is walking a fine line between doing enough to make a difference, and doing too much--and the line is DIFFERENT every day! LOL
You're in good company here, so just drop in any time, ask questions, tell jokes, whatever you need...
"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm! P.S. I looked up enthusiasm, and it says the root words mean God within... interesting...!
Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL
welcome. This is year 12 for me since my diagnosis. I've gone from being bed-ridden to being able to stay awake most of the day; from barely being able to walk to walking cane free sometimes; from not being able to dial the phone or drive to looking for a part time job.So I guess I'm lucky. I good at invisible suffering; most can't tell I'm sick. I have 2 grown kids, my 30 year old has autism. She just moved out into a group home last month so now I'm healing from PTSD. I'm a yoyo dieter, bouncing between 170 & 184 these days. Been on Sparkpeople since 2007. I find the food tracker keeps me honest with myself. I started out with bedtop yoga and hipnosis. Now I can walk fast for 1.25 miles 3 times a week and strength training for 20 minutes 3 times a week. Nice to meet you. I hope you find what you need here. Val
"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." ~Maya Angelou
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Hi there! Just a quick introduction. I am 32, was diagnosed at 28. Both my mother and grandfather have Lupus along with several other Autoimmune issues. I have three kids, ages 11,8 and 5. I have been married for 12ish years now, to the same man, lol. My pain comes and goes. When i have a "flare up" it seems as though that part of my body is on fire. I dont take regular medication because it doesnt seem to help. I take as needed. I have a REALLY hard time doing what i need to in order to keep my body healthy. With the three kids, one in competitive fastpitch softball and one in indoor soccer, i go to school full time and work part time and have a home based business i run on the weekends AND....my husband works inthe oilfield so every other 7 days, i am like a single mom. I need to do yoga, eat right, and rest. but when? lol. i also have to be careful with my intensity of exercise. I played soccer for 14 years and ballet for 16 and did some damage. I have many many fractured bones across the top of my feet and have a bad tendency to re-fracture them when jogging or wearing heels, even playing Just Dance with the kids did me in :(. well, thats a long/short introduction. hope to get to meet many of ya'll and excited to learn from ya'll!
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