I was referred to this team by Jamer123. Thank you Jamer123! *S*
I’m Pamela Jenewein (aka PeaJay) from southwestern Michigan. In 2006 I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism, then in 2007 perimenopause reared its ugly head. Last week was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, but been enduring it for at least 4-5 years. My mother suffers from it, including Rheumatoid Arthritis and life long hypothyroidism. I’ve surfed the net to educate myself about Fibromyalgia and came away with a wealth of knowledge. But am looking to share and learn from real-life experiences that the medical community sometimes (read: most times) over looks. *S*
I just started an Effexor 75 mg twice daily regimen, and its worked wonders for my chronic pain, including the fatigue and anxiety developed during perimenopause. I gardened and rode my mower yesterday for the first time in two weeks, and today I am a bit sore. However, that can be blamed on the fact while adjusting to my new meds I was inactive for those two weeks; sleeping a lot! *LOL* This soreness “feels” different, like when starting a brand new exercise regimen and you’re muscles are sore. Nothing like the chronic painful soreness and stiffness before my medication program… OMG! I was about to give up-the-ship before finding this new doctor. *S*
Now a bit about me: Retired from corporate America in 2004 to start my own business. However, my health took a bad turn in 2006 leaving me practically homebound for about 2 years. In the spring of 2008 it was apparent that I’m gonna have to heal myself. Out of bed and in the garden I went: digging up old flowerbeds and making new ones as part of my recovery. Today those plants are flourishing while I scan for new flowerbed locations.
I live on ten acres in rural farm country of Allegan County, small town of Fennville. My DH and I are starting a nut farm: hazel nuts, English walnuts, heart nuts, pecans, almonds and burnt nuts. We also grow fruits and veggies too, for our own consumption of course. Started an herbal tea garden this year and its doing quite nicely too. All of our children are grown; ranging in ages from 19 to 39 years old. We’re a blended family… and DH is 10 years older than me. *S*
I dabble in a broad range of hobbies: reading, genealogy, jewelry making, sewing, crocheting, and web page design. With no children at home I am teaching myself clarinet, violin while picking back up my guitar and piano playing. Winters are long here, so also resuming my love of art: painting, drawing, watercolor, woodcrafting, stained glass, and even ceramics.
I’m a recovering starvation dieter, over exerciser, and emotional eater. I found Spark People in 2008, upon deciding that my old health methods were not working (doing this since I was 14 yo)… more importantly, unhealthy! Through SP I learned that eating food is a GREAT thing and that no more than 60 minutes of purposeful activity is healthy. Today those changes are now habits.
My current workout routine is a combination of: weights (10 pounds), high school calisthenics, 1980-90’s Jane Fonda/Cindy Crawford aerobic routines, Spark people videos, Jane Fonda (current) and Leslie Sansone cardio routines. As you can see, I like variety. *S*
Enough about me… I look forward to meeting up with everyone and sharing this new lifestyle.
PeaJay50 aka PJ, Pam or Pamela Jenewein
"Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." - Nora Ephron
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.”