SparkPeople Fibro Sisters Team Messageboard This is a Christian based team for those who have fibromyalgia or who care for someone with fibromyalgia. SparkPeople Fibro Sisters Team Messageboard FINAL CHAT TIME As I write this I am thinking of all the fibro sisters that have shared my struggles &amp; blessed my life. Some stop by occasionally &amp; I hope they stop by real soon. Wed, 9 Jun 2021 00:03:11 EST Fruit & veggie tales Since this is the season for fresh fruits &amp; veggies, I thought it might be fun to stroll down memory lane &amp; share about fruits &amp; veggies. <BR> <BR> My first memory came many years ago as I was a child with grandparents who were farmers. <BR> <BR> I remember the joy of eating strawberries, tomatoes &amp; corn on the cob around that big table. Those yummies remain favorites! I was certainly blessed with great grandparents. Wed, 26 May 2021 12:43:29 EST Reading, writing & ?? Are you enjoying reading or writing? Share if you like. <BR> <BR> I am reading A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN by Dr. Robert Jeffress. Very interesting read. Tue, 11 May 2021 16:25:04 EST MAY CHAT TIME I am still praying for Cynthia. <BR> <BR> I think I am guilty of assuming my leg pain is from Fibromyalgia. I am now thinking it is from my lower back. It is more stinging than pain. My PCP doesn't seem that concerned about it. I am going to try a chiro doctor. Wed, 5 May 2021 10:32:32 EST APRIL CHAT TIME Yes, it is April already! <BR> <BR> Hope you are all doing okay. It is still cold where I am in Ohio but the sun is shining! <BR> <BR> My pain is less today than yesterday. How are you doing today? <BR> <BR> It is a special day for those of us following Jesus. Remember how years ago things were closed on good Friday afternoon.? <BR> <BR> My son Troy &amp; his wife Jan have covid. They are both pretty sick so I would appreciate prayers for them. I decided to get the vaccine &amp; will rec... Fri, 2 Apr 2021 11:39:46 EST March Chat <em>137</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>137</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome March! Hope this is a good month for us all! We'll just take it day by day. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> How are y'all doing? I hope you're doing well and having lower pain days. <BR> I'm really tired this morning. I had to get up early because they are supposed to be coming to check my fire alarms. <BR> <BR> Not much going on. I did talk to my brother a short time ago and he's d... Tue, 2 Mar 2021 10:52:41 EST February Chat Hello there! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> It's 1 week before Valentine's day! <em>30</em> <em>129</em> <em>146</em> <em>26</em> <em>146</em> <em>129</em> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Wishing Jan a Happy Belated birthday!! So glad you had a good day! <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? I hope you're doing as well as you can be. <BR> <BR> Well last night we got some snow here! <em>425</em> About an inch here and 3 inches in neighbouring areas. ... Sun, 7 Feb 2021 12:58:39 EST January 2021 Cha <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Peace, love and laughter! Here's to happy and blessed New year! Fri, 1 Jan 2021 12:50:01 EST December Chat Good afternoon (morning and evening for some of you;) ) Dear sisters! <BR> <BR> Welcome December! <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> How are y'all doing? I hope you're doing okay. <BR> <BR> I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, whether you were alone or with family. Mine was okay. <BR> How many of you are getting Christmas decorations out? I put up my Christmas wreath and snowmen along with a tiny snowy tree. <BR> <BR> FL Karen asked us in last thread if any of u... Tue, 1 Dec 2020 12:40:49 EST Mid November Chat Hi dear sisters! <BR> <BR> We are about halfway through November... Yikes! I'm very sorry that I have been AWOL. I have had a lot going on. Some depression and have been staying with a friend due to an issue with my apartment. I'm fine though. Crazy busy. You're in my thoughts and prayers. <BR> <BR> How are y'all doing? I miss the fellowship here. I hope you're doing well. Has your pain gone up due to the cooler weather? I have had more headaches. <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving is right around th... Sun, 15 Nov 2020 12:26:45 EST October Chat Welcome October! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 1 Oct 2020 12:10:37 EST September Chat Hi sweet sisters! Happy 1st day of September!! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> New month, prayers that it's good. I know Labor day weekend is the unofficial end of Summer, but I am not ready for Fall stuff just yet. Of course cooler weather is welcome!!! <BR> <BR> How are y'all doing? <BR> <BR> I'm enjoying my cup of coffee while doing a bit of Sparking. <BR> <BR> Last night I talked to my best friend for a little while. It's always so nice to chat with her. <BR> <BR> I've got... Tue, 1 Sep 2020 10:23:09 EST August Chat Hello everyone! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Happy New month!! Prayerfully it will be a good one! <BR> <BR> Maggy~ prayers for your pain level to go down. Hope you can get cooled off. I don't do well in the heat. <BR> <BR> FL Karen ~ Glad things went well with your appointments. Are you in the way of the tropical storm (or is it a hurricane)? <BR> <BR> Karen in Ohio ~ Sounds like you had fun the other day! So glad you got out and about. Yes, despite mask mandates people still continue to go... Sat, 1 Aug 2020 11:52:15 EST July Chat Good morning friends! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Here we are in July! My how quickly time flies.Although maybe for some it feels like it's crawling. <BR> <BR> How are y'all doing? <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>247</em> everyone for helping me keep our team going. Your faithful prayers, posts...whether it's wall posts, thread posts, ect. are so much appreciated. <BR> <BR> Sadly, Covid19 is on the rise nationwide. It's really spiking here in South Carolina..record numbers. Now other s... Wed, 1 Jul 2020 10:59:46 EST June Chat Hello and Happy first day of June!! <BR> <em>30</em> <em>67</em> <em>462</em> <em>464</em> <BR> Sumner is almost here! The temps here in South Carolina prove it too! <BR> <BR> How are you doing? <BR> <BR> This morning's Dr. appointment went very well. He was very thorough. He ordered a full panel of bloodwork, including what I essentially got the appointment for ...check my thyroid. I will go in Friday morning for the lab work to be done. <BR> <BR> I went to the bank and... Mon, 1 Jun 2020 13:50:40 EST May Chat <img src=""> <BR> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>67</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> Good morning! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday! I had to laugh at myself. I wished y'all a Happy Friday yesterday! I had my days mixed up. Lol <BR> <BR> Hope you're doing as well as you can be. <BR> <BR> Hugs! <BR> Check in as you're able! Fri, 1 May 2020 09:59:57 EST April Chat Hello dear sisters! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Happy 1st day of April! <em>146</em> <em>126</em> <em>452</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you're having a good day. The Sun is pouring in my windows. I love it! <BR> My telehealth session with my therapist went well this morning. It's good to be in touch. <BR> <BR> I napped this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Kathy~ How wonderful that you'll be able to have Bible study online. Thank you for the invitation to your church. <BR> <BR> Have a good evening... Wed, 1 Apr 2020 18:37:47 EST One tiny blessing I am thinking it might be fun to see how many tiny blessings we can share. <BR> <BR> I will start with number <BR> <BR> 1. Birds are on my swing Sun, 8 Mar 2020 15:06:10 EST March Chat Hello &amp; Good morning! <BR> <BR> Welcome March! <em>146</em> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Karen in Ohio~ Did you end up going to the Senior Center sale and if so what fun things did you find? <BR> <BR> Debbie ~ I'm so glad you're finding relief from Gabipentin. That's great news! I hope you continue to feel better! <BR> <BR> Karen in Ohio ~ Hope this round of shots worked and you're feeling better. How is your sweet kitty doing? <BR> <BR> Ladies I've been in a funk. I'm doing my b... Sun, 1 Mar 2020 10:43:29 EST A Question a Day February 14th Happy Valentine's day! <BR> <BR> Another team of mine had this question and I liked it. <BR> <BR> Do you have a favorite Valentine's day memory that you would like to share? <BR> <BR> I.have 2. First is the time many years back with my now ex husband, a special dinner we had once we finally found a restaurant that wasn't packed. The food was delicious and our time together in the dimly lit restaurant was very enjoyable. Good memories. <BR> <BR> My second is last year a small group of my ... Fri, 14 Feb 2020 13:44:55 EST A question today. February 13 Do you have a favorite devotional read in addition to your Bible? Thu, 13 Feb 2020 14:13:44 EST A Question Today Feb. 8 Does the food you eat affect the way you feel? Sat, 8 Feb 2020 17:24:38 EST February chat <em>129</em> <em>214</em> <em>129</em> <em>214</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Happy February!! This year is leap year! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? <BR> <BR> I know a couple of you have weekend plans. I hope you have a great time. <BR> <BR> Debbie ~ Miss seeing you post. How are you doing? <BR> <BR> Last night I went to the grocery store with my neighbor friend. I didn't pick up much. We went to one of the discount grocery store and I found some K cups... Sat, 1 Feb 2020 10:33:07 EST Question of the Day January 26 Do you like scented candles? <BR> <BR> I really enjoy candles. I find them calming. Right now the candle I am enjoying is one I bought at Bed Bath and beyond several months ago. The scent is called Bamboo and Jasmine. <BR> <BR> At Christmas time I enjoy candles like pumpkin spice or cinnamon. <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 Jan 2020 10:48:10 EST Question of the Day January 20 Do you use a weighted blanket for pain or comfort? <BR> <BR> I never thought I would like one, because sometimes a comforter seems so heavy that it hurts. Not sure if any of you experience this. When I went to visit my friend, she let me use her daughter's weighted blanket. To my surprise it felt comfortable and it actually helped me feel less anxious. I didn't have pain when I tried it, so I am not sure how well it helps pain. I do know that my friend's husband finds relief from his arthri... Mon, 20 Jan 2020 13:08:51 EST A Question a Day January 16th Hi! <BR> I noticed many of you enjoy reading! I love it too when I can concentrate. <BR> <BR> What are your favorite books? <BR> <BR> I really enjoy Amish Fiction. My favorite authors for this genre are Wanda Brunstetter (Not sure correct spelling) and Beverly Lewis. I Also really like the book "Battlefield of the Mind" by Joyce Meyer. I found a copy at a nearby used bookstore and plan on reading it again. Thu, 16 Jan 2020 12:12:20 EST A Question a Day January 14th What's your favorite way to spend a rainy day? <BR> <BR> On rainy days, I try not to go out unless I have to. If I have to, I like to go to a coffee shop after my appointment or errands. On days I can stay home, I enjoy curling up with my cat, binge watch a show on Netflix. I also enjoy reading. Tue, 14 Jan 2020 13:46:13 EST A Question Today January 11 Do you still sometimes use paper or plastic plates or cups? Sat, 11 Jan 2020 13:18:43 EST 2 Goals for 2020 Happy New year!! <BR> <BR> I'm not one for resolutions, but I do think goal setting can give one something positive to work towards. For us Chronic pain spoonies it can be goals towards good self care, spiritual goals, maybe trying something new (easy...maybe a new product or simple hobby), managing stress. <BR> <BR> Keep it simple! If eating better is your goal or adding more exercise....these are great goals too! <BR> <BR> My goals are: <BR> ~ Finish my Celebrate Recovery step study ... Wed, 1 Jan 2020 13:59:52 EST January Chat Hello and Happy New year sweet sisters and friends!. <BR> <em>213</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> I did stay up late, well past midnight, but I didn't watch the ball drop or fireworks. <BR> I was on Facebook. Also watched some interesting video blogs on YouTube. <BR> <BR> How are y'all doing? <BR> <BR> I hope this year brings better health and many blessings to each of us! <BR> <BR> Much love and gentle hugs, <BR> Cynthia Wed, 1 Jan 2020 11:16:22 EST December Chat Hi! <BR> <BR> Made It to Charleston. It was a nice adventure, I, along with my friend and her daughter rode Greyhound. They were in my town for Thanksgiving, so now they're back home and I'm staying with them. I'll be here for a week. I think it's going to be a very fun time. <BR> <BR> Her husband picked us up from the bus station and then we went out for dinner. It was really nice. <BR> <BR> Everyone is in bed and since it's still a bit early for me, I'm taking time to post and do a lit... Sun, 1 Dec 2019 22:45:22 EST November Chat Good morning! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Happy November 1st !! <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? I responded to your posts on the October thread yesterday morning. Hope you will go back and read it if you haven't seen it. <BR> <BR> We had 2 days of rain...a lot being heavy. This morning it's really cold 43 degrees, but sunny. <BR> <BR> I didn't get to the bank or grocery store yesterday as planned , so it will have to be done today. <BR> <BR> Last night I binge watche... Fri, 1 Nov 2019 10:37:16 EST October Chat Hello October! <em>41</em> <em>465</em> <em>574</em> <em>147</em> <BR> <BR> I'm blessed to call each of you sisters my friend! I love you!! Making friends can be more difficult with chronic illness. I lost one friendship a few years back because, she thought I was rude for constantly canceling plans. The thing is is that I couldn't help it, I never knew one day to the next how I was going to feel. I know y'all can relate. I have made most of my friends from Celebrate Recovery. T... Tue, 1 Oct 2019 10:33:59 EST September 2019 Chat Happy September 1st!! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> How are y'all doing? Hope your have more days of lower pan. <BR> <BR> Last night was fun. A good friend and I went out to dinner at a nice restaurant downtown. It's a really cool place and the food was delicious! I had shrimp n Grits! Yum!! He had filet mignon with Mashed potatoes and asparagus. We wouldn't normally be able to do such fine dining, but we're friends with the owner and she had blessed us with a gift card. Afterwards we went do... Sun, 1 Sep 2019 10:29:27 EST August 2019 I start this month with a sad heart. You have likely heard of the mass shootings in Dayton Ohio. I have been to that area several times as the CONVENTION CENTER is in that area. American family is under attack. I hope we can get some help for those suffering with mental health issues &amp; without the hope of Christ in their hesrts. Sun, 4 Aug 2019 22:58:02 EST July 2019 Chat Good morning sweet sisters! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> The year is already half over! Where did it go? <BR> <BR> So nice to see y'all posting! <BR> <BR> <em>523</em> Sarah and Kathy! I've missed you! <BR> <BR> A lot has been going on here. A friend/neighbor passed away unexpectedly a week ago. His memorial service was Saturday. It was beautiful. Later that evening there was a celebration of life at the music store a.nd restaurant that he often frequented. There was live music by a gr... Mon, 1 Jul 2019 11:46:03 EST Diet and Fibromyalgia <BR> While there’s no perfect diet for everyone with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, certain nutrients can help with our symptoms <BR> <BR> . <img src=""> <BR> Thu, 27 Jun 2019 14:30:03 EST June 2019 Chat Good morning! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Hope y'all are doing ok. <BR> <BR> Happy June! Summer is almost here!! <BR> <BR> Here in SC Summer is here already....mid 90's for nearly 2 weeks now! Thanking God for air conditioning! <BR> <BR> Last night I went to my friend's house for pizza and TV watching. It was a lot of fun. We talked a good bit after watching our show. I went there the night before too. That night we sat on her porch chatting. I love a front porch. <BR> <BR> What have ... Sat, 1 Jun 2019 11:01:03 EST May 2019 Chat Oh my, May came by in awfully fast! I'm sorry I didn't start the May thread until today. <BR> <BR> So How are you doing dear sisters? <BR> <BR> Karen in Ohio~ It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend this past week! What fun at the Farmers market. I bet ours has opened now too. <BR> <BR> I've been busy. I had 3 appointments this week. All went very well. I am happy that my latest med change for depression has been working so well. My doctor left everything the same and is as pleased ... Fri, 3 May 2019 20:59:48 EST April 2019 Check in & Chat <em>213</em> Hi sweet sisters!! Good morning!! <BR> <BR> Wonder if the old saying of April Showers will ring true! Lol! I have enjoyed the many days of sunshine here in SC....a wonderful reprieve from the days and days of rain we had for many months! <BR> <BR> Hope this finds you doing well. Thank you for your participation on our team!! Means so much! <BR> <BR> I have an appointment that I have to leave for in 20 minutes so I have to keep this short! <BR> <BR> Love you all very much... Mon, 1 Apr 2019 10:11:40 EST March 2019 Chat Just getting things rolling with a new thread for our new month. <BR> <BR> welcome to: <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 2 Mar 2019 13:25:43 EST Feb. 2019 Chat My computer was down for several days. I see I missed several posts. I hope you ladies are both feeling better. <BR> <BR> I know the struggle with not getting the right meds. I talked to my PCP about my leg pain &amp; he thinks it is from fibro. I have cut back on my tramadol since it is getting harder to get. I notice several of my pain meds say caution after 65. Wow.... that is me. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Fri, 1 Feb 2019 12:01:13 EST January Chat time Hello Everyone... <BR> <BR> Let us know how you are doing? <BR> <BR> What is working to help with your fibro or is the answer nothing? <BR> <BR> Are you learning anything new, reading any books? <BR> <BR> What is the weather like where you are? <BR> <BR> God is good! Share your blessings or prayer request Sun, 6 Jan 2019 11:56:08 EST December 2018 Chat!! <em>446</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>460</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> Deck the halls with boughs of Holly...fa la la la la la la la la.... <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> Okay maybe I am being cheesy, but I am trying to be cheery! I know the Holiday season can be so difficult for many! Let's love and encourage each other, send goodies , and pray for others. <BR> <BR> Karen~ I love the cake post! Thank goodness for cake!! <em>35</em> Have fun decorating if that's what yo... Sat, 1 Dec 2018 11:18:46 EST November 2018 Chat Hi! <BR> <BR> Welcoming November just a few days late. I have MIA because my apartment is in the middle of renovation. They gave me 24 hours notice and I really wasn't prepared any. It's been crazy ever since. I have been staying with a friend who is watching my cat for me. She went out of town for the weekend so I have been house sitting and babysitting her 6 cats. They are so cute. My cat stays in the bedroom I am staying in. <BR> <BR> My kitchen has been redone and looks beautiful o... Sun, 4 Nov 2018 19:04:33 EST Words of Encouragement, Quotes, Pictures, Emojis Hi!!! <BR> <BR> Scripture is very encouraging!! However, I find quotes, encouraging words, pictures, emojis from here, bring smiles too! Even sharing something that makes you laugh! <BR> <BR> Post and enjoy the fun!! <BR> <em>247</em> Fri, 26 Oct 2018 10:58:42 EST October 2018 Chat Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> October all ready! The year is just zooming by! <em>226</em> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>431</em> <em>147</em> <em>431</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Karen~ Praying for your son Tom. Do keep us updated on how is doing and results when you have them. Hugs <BR> <BR> So how is everyone doing? Did y'all have a good weekend? <BR> <BR> Saturday I walked to Starbucks and enjoyed a maple pecan iced latte with a friend. We sat outside and basked in the su... Mon, 1 Oct 2018 11:14:07 EST Lyrica I was diagnosed with fibro a couple of months ago and my doctor put me on Lyrica and I got better but then it wore off and the same thing has happened plus lots of weight gain and I'm taking the maximum dose of Lyrica. I actually think I did better before I was on Lyrica and then I got on there website and read the side effects! I have an appointment with my doctor this morning. I am seeing a specialist in November and they do no have a cancellation list. The other doctors in my area won'... Fri, 14 Sep 2018 10:13:28 EST September 2018 Chat <img src=""> <BR> <BR> New Month! Wee! <BR> <BR> I am behind on reading posts. I have been fighting through a month long flare, which seems to be coming to an end! PTL!! <BR> <BR> Do any of you have goals set for September yet? <BR> <BR> I am just trying to cut down on sweets and mindless snacking. <BR> <BR> Hope you have a good Labor day weekend! <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 1 Sep 2018 12:44:51 EST September 2018 Chat <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I will be happy to stay in today. It is my DD birthday but I don't expect to see her until tomorrow when she host the extended family reunion. Her father has one brother still living &amp; he plans to come to Ohio &amp; his nephews &amp; niece. Sat, 1 Sep 2018 11:36:00 EST August 2018 Chat Hello and Welcome August!! <em>67</em> <em>462</em> <em>298</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Hope this finds y'all doing well and enjoying Summer! It's been one of the cooler summers here that I can remember. No complaints as it's been quite comfortable. still we have had hot days too! <BR> <BR> Karen~ How wonderful that you enjoyed a great getaway with family to Mackinac island. It's a beautiful place! I went there as a child with my mom and brother. I would love to go back someday.... Wed, 1 Aug 2018 17:27:31 EST July 2018 Chat Hi and Happy July!! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>232</em> <em>67</em> <em>195</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> It's hot here as of late. Mid 90s Trying my best to stay cool! I am very grateful for air conditioning!! <BR> <BR> I'm still enjoying Starbucks, although I haven't been walking much since the heat has hit us. Friday was buy one frappucinno get one free so a friend and I met and enjoyed our treats. <BR> <BR> Hope things are going well. I must admit I am way behind on re... Sun, 1 Jul 2018 09:37:38 EST June Chat One of the goals for this team is interesting. <BR> What are you doing to help yourself feel better? <BR> I am trying to remember to take my supplements. One that I notice really helps is for arthritis. If I miss it, I notice my knees hurt more. <BR> Do you do anything to help feel better? Mon, 4 Jun 2018 10:18:52 EST May 2018 Chat I am sorry I forgot to change the calendar. I just kept chatting away. <BR> <BR> Hope you are all doing ok. Life gets busy sometimes but I hope to hear from you soon. Fri, 11 May 2018 11:52:24 EST April 2018 Chat Hello and good morning!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. <BR> <BR> Maggy~ Nice to see you! <BR> <BR> Karen~ How wonderful that you were able to spend Easter Sunday with your family. I am so glad you made it to church. <BR> <BR> How are you doing dear sisters? <BR> <BR> I am feeling better; just tired at times. I've been groggy most mornings. <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Hugs and love Mon, 2 Apr 2018 09:22:22 EST Easter Sunday 2018 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Easter! My DD &amp; family came to town to take me to church. It was a very nice service. We went to the church that DGD &amp; her children go to. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I got a really nice surprise. A knock came on my door. I have a rule that I do not answer my door. My family will message me that they are coming so I know to answer. Since it was during the day, I broke my rule &amp; t... Sun, 1 Apr 2018 12:13:04 EST March 2018 It is a rainy day in my part of Ohio. My sister ask me to go with her to a big garage sale at the local senior center. It is always a huge sale &amp; proceeds help with senior activities. I like to get magazines 10 for a dollar. <BR> <BR> We celebrated my great granddaughters 12th birthday last night at a local restaurant. I had a wood fired fish sandwich. It was really good. Leftovers for lunch today. <BR> <BR> Update: We got a little wet but the sale was fun &amp; we got bargains &amp; a ... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 13:11:49 EST February 2018 Chat Hi dear sisters! <BR> <BR> Welcome February! <em>129</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> How are you? <BR> <BR> I'm worn out this evening. Busy day....this morning helped A friend get his car dropped off to the mechanic, met my best friend for lunch. ( we went to Waffle house here near my building and had great fun,) then picked up another friend so we could get some things at Walmart market place. My friend that went to Wal-Mart with me, is going to watch my kitty while I go to my sister... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 18:41:11 EST February Chat Yah... February is a short month so getting us closer to spring. <BR> <BR> I went to visit my brother last night. He seemed a little better but really needs some long term counseling. He has a good friend that meets with him weekly for prayer &amp; Bible study. He told my sister that he promised God he would get rid of the cigarettes but his wife says he should just cut back. I hope he follows through on his promise. You don't need them if you have COPD. Thu, 1 Feb 2018 17:10:29 EST Lord, please put a song in our heart! This is a good place to put words from a song that is in your heart. You can continue the last song or start a new one. <BR> <BR> IN MY HEART THERE RINGS A MELODY.... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:58:13 EST January 2018 Chat Hello &amp; Happy New Year!! <em>30</em> <em>179</em> <em>411</em> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> Well here we are January 2018! I pray this year is filled with love, joy, more low pain days, and laugher. May each of you be blessed this year. <BR> <BR> I am dog sitting at my sister's house. Such sweet babies! West Highland terriers. They are socute and oh so loving! I spent New Year's eve Netflix and dogs! LOL I rather enjoyed myself. <BR> <BR> How are y'all doing? I think most of us... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 09:57:17 EST What are your New Years Goals/Plans? Lets start a thread where we post out new year goals so we can encourage each other. What are your dreams for 2018. Do you make resolutions? Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:29:59 EST December 2017 Chat <em>443</em> <em>446</em> <em>444</em> <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> Happy December dear sisters! <BR> <BR> Karen~ I am glad you had a good time at the Christmas concert. I like Martina McBride a lot. How are you feeling today? Hopefully the concert didn't completely wear you out. <BR> <BR> Kathy~ The Star Wars movie sounds like a fun event to go to. I'm glad you have something enjoyable to look forward to. <BR> <BR> Tuesday night my pain was off the chart. I had a migraine which... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 11:21:22 EST November 2017 Chat Yes, it is November already. Not too many days left in this year. Where does the time go? Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:41:45 EST October 2017 Chat <em>465</em> <em>574</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>574</em> <em>147</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Fall and Welcome October! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Welcome back Starr and Sarah! How I have missed you so. I am so happy that both of you are back with us. <BR> <BR> Maggie dear we miss you so very much. I do hope that you are well and will check in soon. <BR> <BR> I have read all posts and am praying for each of you. <BR> <BR> I am doing fairly well. Pain has been low the ... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 11:53:41 EST September 2017 Chat Good morning dear sisters! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday and first day of September. Labor day weekend is upon us. Wow it just seems like it was Memorial day weekend! LOL. Do any of you have special plans? <BR> <BR> I am sorry to have been MIA so very long. I am way behind in reading posts. Thank you so much for starting new chat threads. I am so happy that y'all have continued to be here supporting one another. Also thank you very much for your continued prayers for my brother and... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 10:11:46 EST August Chat I really hate to see the year move by so quickly. <BR> What do you think of when you think of August? One thing that comes to mind is County Fairs Wed, 2 Aug 2017 10:45:19 EST recall, call it what you want. I can't remember Has anyone else had trouble focusing as you read? What about recalling words as you talk? <BR> I seem to be having more of this. Is it fibro fog? side effect of drugs? old age or dementia? Sat, 29 Jul 2017 10:16:59 EST JULY chat Happy July! Hope you are all enjoying summer as much as I am. We had an awesome 3rd of July with a picnic at my ds1's house and fireworks on the balcony of the 16th floor of my dh's building where he works. We were even with the fireworks that were being shot off about a block away. Last Friday we celebrated my dil2's birthday at a splash pad. Our 6 walking grandchildren had a blast. I enjoyed holding #8 while Mama ate her supper. Saturday was a perfect summer day in the northwoods. I went sw... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:46:52 EST June 2017 Chat Oh sisters I am so behind, but I have read the last few posts just to get somewhat up to date. So much I have missed. <BR> <BR> I cannot hardly wrap my head around that we are already in June. But the weather has been beautiful and quite warm, so I know that Summer is near. Thankfully we have not been terribly hot. <BR> <BR> Maggy~ I love your blouse! So very pretty and yes modest as well!I am excited about your going to camp with your Youth group! Have fun! <BR> <BR> I'm sorry I am no... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 10:01:12 EST May 2017 Chat Good morning/afternoon dear sisters! <BR> <BR> Happy Beginning of May! Hope you all have a great month! It's a new month with new beginnings! <BR> <BR> Jeanne <em>242</em> on your new grand child!! So happy for you! I read that you fell off a scooter. I hope you are okay. How long have you been playing the harp? I would love to hear you play. <BR> <BR> How are y'all doing? <BR> <BR> Today I have my appointment with a new ENT. Hopefully I can get some answers to my swallowing proble... Tue, 2 May 2017 09:53:22 EST May 2017 Chat I took the liberty to open the new topic. <BR> Hello Sisters and welcome to May! <BR> <BR> I briefly read through the April chat and I am glad the residents are doing better Karen! <BR> <BR> I am so sorry for not being online as I promised. Life is crazy right now! I am super busy with so many different things and I have a big oral exam on Wednesday 10th of May. I am almost always studying for this exam and I hardly have any time to be on my computer after work. <BR> My new job is still... Mon, 1 May 2017 13:58:49 EST April 2017 Chat Welcome April!! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Good morning/afternoon dear ones. <BR> <BR> In case you haven't read the newest posts in March thread, There is a prayer request. <BR> <BR> Please pray for Jeanne's 2 grandsons that are very sick. The older one went to the ER last night. The younger one has really bad congestion. <BR> <BR> Jeanne prayers for you, the grand children and parents. Please keep us updated. <BR> <BR> Sunshine and bright blue clouds. Maybe I ought to go for a... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 10:36:01 EST March 2017 Chat Hi sisters! <BR> <BR> Welcome March! <em>67</em> <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> Still limited typing. Miss chatting with you. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Mar 2017 15:25:42 EST February 2017 Chat <em>247</em> <em>129</em> <em>146</em> <em>247</em> <em>129</em> <em>146</em> <BR> <BR> Happy February!! <BR> <BR> Karen what a wonderful pretty post to begin February! Thank you!! <BR> <BR> Sweet sisters how are you doing? <BR> <BR> Things here are pretty good. Yesterday I ran errands...banking and then to Target to pick up a few needed items including a few groceries. <BR> <BR> I didn't walk to Starbucks the other day. My best friend called me and we met for a late... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 09:54:19 EST January 2017 Chat 2017 is Here!! Happy New year dear ones!! <em>30</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> Did anyone have special plans last night? I spent a quiet evening at home. Just relaxing. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling better today and am so grateful for that. I think I am on the mend. <BR> <BR> Do you have goals set in place for 2017? not necessarily resolutions...just goals or things you might want to do this year? I haven't taken time to reflect and make specific goals. Howeve... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:00:06 EST December 2016 CHAT <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> Happy December!! <BR> <BR> Hard to believe that we are so close to Christmas and the end of 2016. <BR> <BR> I hope each of you are doing well. Check in as you are able. I know this time of year can be crazy busy. <BR> <BR> Love. Gentle hugs <BR> Cynthia Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:09:25 EST Encouraging Message of Hope Hi dear sisters! <BR> <BR> I was in my car the other day listening my one of my favorite radio station. This message by Chip Ingram came in and I was so blessed by it that I had to share. It's part of a series. I have only listened to this message, but it is truly an amazing message of hope and comfort. <BR> <BR> I hope that you will take the time to listen and that you will be blessed by it as well. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>isten-online <... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 12:00:29 EST November 2016 Chat Hello and good morning \afternoon everyone! <BR> <BR> A Warm Welcome to all of our new members! I'm so glad you're here! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I am way behind on reading posts from October, but will do my best to catch up. I'm grateful for each of of you for continuing to share in chat and keep our team alive and well. You are near and dear to my heart. <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Wishing you a blessed day! <BR> Love Cynthia Thu, 3 Nov 2016 10:54:02 EST What are you thankful for today? I hope it's okay I started a new topic. <BR> I'm thankful for a great understanding husband on the bad fibro days. Fri, 14 Oct 2016 22:40:58 EST OCTOBER 2016 Chat Hello dear ones! <BR> <BR> Happy October!! <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Maggy~ Thank you for your explanation of courses. Believe it or not a lot of it made sense to me. pass or fail courses would make me nervous....but maybe it's a real motivator to do your best. I hope you have a great semester. When I was in college I preferred online courses and did quite well in them. The book you mentioned about your faith sounds great. I hope ... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 10:54:27 EST Not by Works but by Grace. Dear sisters. I have been reading a book called "Having a Mary Hear in a Martha world". It is written by Joanna Weaver. <BR> <BR> I recall in discussion earlier that we were talking about how sometimes we feel like we must do certain things or be right spiritually to be accepted by God and experience his Love. I read this section of the book recently and our discussion came to mind. I want to share what I read. It's a small section from the chapter Living Room Intimacy. <BR> <BR> "Burdened ... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:40:36 EST September 2016 Chat Hell sweet sisters! <BR> <BR> Autumn is almost upon us. Oh My! I will try and enjoy the last of the summer days. Here is South Carolina it will not feel anything like Fall until late October or November as it still stays quite warm until then. <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your prayers! I appreciate them so very much. God answered as I had a safe trip to and from without any car troubles whatsoever. <BR> <BR> Karen~ I do have a cellphone. The thing is as I travel down through the mountain I... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 10:41:13 EST August 2016 CHAT Hello Dear sisters! <BR> <BR> Welcome August! Hope everyone is enjoying Summer despite the intense heat. <BR> <BR> If you haven't been here and caught up with July's chat post, please go back as there are some prayer requests there in the last couple of posts. We appreciate your prayers. Feel free to add yours to this thread or the prayer thread. <BR> <BR> A new month...does anyone have goals set for this month? I haven't given it a whole lot of thought, other than I want to join the Y an... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 08:42:40 EST new info as of july 2016 The Fibro Manual <BR> by Gineva Liptan, M.D. <BR> <BR> I found this book to be very up to date and very organized -easy to find info I needed <BR> <BR> chris Fri, 22 Jul 2016 06:59:07 EST Juuly 2016 Chat Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> To those in the U.S. a Happy Independence Day Weekend!! <em>232</em> <BR> Does anyone have anything planned for the holiday weekend....those of you outside the U.S. do you have fun weekend plans? <BR> <BR> My weekend is totally free and empty minus attending church on Sunday morning. Monday the 4th if all goes well I will be going with my best friend and her family to her closes friend's get together with grilling out and then fireworks on the lake. I am hoping the... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 16:03:03 EST Flare time I have heard about it but what exactly is a flare to you? I had a really busy day of Friday... out the door at 10 &amp; home at 10 pm. This is unusual for me. I was on my feet a lot &amp; pushed hard at the end. Since then, I am exhausted, little more pain(despite meds) &amp; having trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep &amp; then waking up. <BR> <BR> I am curious &amp; hope you tell me about your flare. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:17:16 EST JUNE 2016 Chat Hello dear sisters! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Happy June 1st! Time just zooms on by. Not long til it will be officially summer. It's been hot here in my area of SC. high 80's and mid 90's. <BR> <BR> I am glad to see y'all posting. I have read them and am praying for you. I have a Dr. appointment that I need to leave for in just a few minutes. It's just a checkup to my sure my antidepressant and other meds are working. I am feeling better than I have in a long time minus the fibro pain...alt... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 10:09:03 EST Goodie Game Hi sisters! <BR> <BR> We all have days where it's great to know that someone is thinking of us. What better than a goodie to lift someone's spirits and yours! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> So the game goes like this. we will count up from 1 and keep going. (1,2,3,4, ect) When we get to double numbers such as 11...22..44...55....ect...111......then you give a team member a goodie. Our list of team members is in the bottom right corner. You may pick anyone you like...whether current or older. Sur... Sat, 14 May 2016 07:46:59 EST positives A-Z Words that have a positive meaning or things you feel are positives in your life. <BR> <BR> I'll start. <BR> <BR> A~ Appealing Sat, 14 May 2016 07:34:49 EST Gratitude: Today I am Thankful for: Having Chronic pain can easily cause us to fall into depression and anxiety. Life can also throw us a curve ball. Having a heart of gratitude can take our focus off the not so great and lift our mood...even if it's just a little bit. Giving thanks to the Lord with a grateful heart brings Him joy and Glory. Let's cultivate a grateful heart. <BR> <BR> What are you thankful for today? <BR> <BR> Today I am grateful for the beautiful view of the mountains from my living room windows. I am thankf... Sat, 14 May 2016 07:30:41 EST MAY 2016 Chat Hello Ladies! <BR> <BR> As I just wrote on the April thread I haven't been able to be at home because of pest control having to come in. I will be able to stay here again starting tomorrow. I have missed you gals so. <BR> I wrote more on the April thread...individual things for y'all. <BR> <BR> Off for now. <BR> Love, Cynthia <BR> <BR> Happy May....Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day! Tue, 10 May 2016 21:11:26 EST Chronic pain Management Article Hi sisters!! <BR> <BR> I found this on pinterest...a friend of mine had pinned it. Since we have been discussing medications in our chat thread, I thought this might be helpful. <BR> <BR> When you get to the site...there is a disclaimer about the author getting commission when you buy products. I in NO way am avertising. I ignored advertisements and read the article. Found it very educational and helpful. <BR> <BR> I hope you find something helpful out of it. We can discuss what we read..... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 18:15:59 EST New med Started on Tizanidine last night. Off of flexaril. <BR> <BR> Anyone else taking it? Generic for Zanaflex Sun, 24 Apr 2016 12:01:48 EST April 2016 CHAT <em>30</em> Hi sweet sisters! <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? Hope you are enjoying Spring thus far. <BR> <BR> Did anyone get tricked today...fooled? far none for me. <BR> <BR> It's been an okay day here; although rather gloomy weather. I talked with my sister today and that went well. We plan to get together one day next week for lunch. I look forward to that as I haven't seen her for awhile. <BR> <BR> Fibro has been under control for a few days. For this I am most grateful.... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 18:06:37 EST MARCH 2016 CHAT! Oh my Happy March 1st!! <BR> <BR> I just posted in February's thread without thinking to start here with my reply. Hmmm Fibro fog what?! Raise your hands if you can relate. LOL! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Anyhow if you would; please read my last post in Feb thread and then answer here! <BR> <BR> Wishing you a wonderful Month of March! <BR> <BR> Love to all, <BR> Cynthia <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Mar 2016 15:08:52 EST FEBRUARY 2016 Chat Hi sisters! <BR> <BR> Wow time is moving so quickly. February is here! Does anyone have any goals set for the new month? <BR> <BR> I am currently debating on whether or not to join a February challenge on my Done Girls Team. The thing is is that it's points based and I would rather be in competition with myself than with the other participants; especially since I have limited time I can exercise. I do think if I do join, I could still just try to beat my own numbers and be happy with that. ... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 19:17:18 EST Researching a new to me med My insurance is no longer paying for my flexeril. I can get it at Krogers for $17. a month. My Dr wants me to try Tizanidine. Anyone on this med? <BR> <BR> I hate taking meds but need them to function. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 17:01:52 EST HOW WILL YOU CHALLENGE YOURSELF Today?! Hi sisters! <BR> <BR> Right now I am lost as to what a winter challenge should be. However, I thought we could set our own daily goals. They do not have to be anything big. As you all know pain and fatigue can often slow us down. perhaps a challenge could be to do something to help with these; like personal care, not overdoing it or anything you can think of that you feel helpful. <BR> <BR> Of course it can bee food and exercise related, water goals..... <BR> <BR> Doing something you like ... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 11:27:36 EST Pain Days Is anyone else having more pain? Not sure if it is the weather or the change in meds but I am having more pain all week &amp; taking all the meds I have to cope with it. <BR> <BR> Karen Fri, 15 Jan 2016 15:09:44 EST JANUARY 2016 Chat Happy New Year to all! <BR> <BR> How are you doing? Did you all have a nice Christmas? <BR> <BR> A friends stays at my place at the moment and we had great fun. Unfortunately fibro has gottong worse and at the moment I really feel horrible. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 05:49:05 EST DECEMBER 2015 Chat!! Hello gals! Hoe you are enjoying the Christmas season! <BR> <BR> Hard to believe we are less than 12 days away from Christmas. I am somewhat excited, yet not so much. I am worried I won't feel well. My fibro has been kicking my behind the past few days and it seemed like very little relief was to be found. Friday I had an injection done in my lower back for arthritis. I was told the pain might get worse before it got better. My back feels fine but the fibro flared. <BR> <BR> Tonight there ... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 14:53:37 EST CRISTMAS 2015 Christmas time is coming; that special day that we celebrate the Birth of our dear savior Jesus Christ. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> December is a month of preparation, and so many other things. <BR> <BR> I made this thread as a means for us to share our Christmas traditions, or how we will be spending the Christmas season. Do you plan to put up tree? How will you decorate? Will you be traveling to see... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:49:26 EST November 2015 Chat Hi Sisters! <BR> <BR> How are you? <BR> <BR> As I wrote last time, I two days off and visited my aunt in Germany. It was very nice. Interesting thing: the flight attendant recognised me! She was one of the flight attendants on my last flight from Warsaw back to Vienna. (about two months earlier) She asked if my foot (which was injured, as you might remember) is better now and she even knew what I am drinking on board. (Yes, it's always the same. ;)) <BR> While visiting my aunt, I also met ... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 11:05:07 EST October 2015 CHAT Hello friends! <BR> <BR> Time sure has flown by. Can not believe we are in October. <BR> <BR> SC has an awful beginning to this month. I'm not sure if you know, but we had rain for 11 days and many many people were flooded out of their homes. I live in Greenville and we had some flooding in the downtown area. We were so blessed. Columbia, our capital, Myrtle Beach and Charleston received the worst of the storms. The pictures shared by friends on facebook were heartbreaking.The rains and fl... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 11:41:58 EST September 2015 chat Hello Sisters! <BR> <BR> How are you? I hope you are doing well! <BR> <BR> I have to tell you a lot of stories and I now have the time to do it. <em>30</em> <BR> You might remember, I have been to warsaw from 22 to 24 of August. It was really nice! Warsaw is an exiting city. Both very modern and very old. You also see a lot of their communist past. I was travelling with my mum and a wheelchair, because of my injury. I have to say, that Warsaw isn't very wheelchair friendly. Many barrie... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 07:30:50 EST New Month! What are your goals for September? Hi sisters! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> August is nearly it a close meaning Summer is close to end (Sept 20 something). <BR> Do you have any special plans for this coming month? Is so what are they? What do you hope to accomplishment this September? Do you have any goals, personal, health, or things you hope to do? <BR> <BR> My goal for September is to better manage my pain better through exercise (walking) and doing deep breathing and stretches. I've tried to do some of these things recentl... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:10:46 EST Hydration, exercise, a rolling pin and blood flow Getting a grip on dehydration may be helpful to getting a grip on my fibromyalgia symptoms. <BR> I noticed today when tracking that I do not drink much water, and indeed when drinking caffeinated or sugary drinks, it gets even harder for me to have the discipline of drinking water. <BR> <BR> I am at four glasses of water today (only 50% of goal) and had to work at getting the recommended amount of fiber intake today. I am guessing I am chronically dehydrated and lacking enough fiber in my ... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 03:02:04 EST July 2015 chat Because nowone else did it, I hope it is ok, that I opened this topic. <BR> <BR> I hope you all are well and don't have to much pain. <BR> <BR> I am currently not at home, that's the reason I wasn't so active the last few days. I had a very big exam on Wednesday and spontaneously decided, that I buy a train ticket and visit my aunt. It was exhausting! I needed to change three times and the trains were always delayed, so I had to run to catch the next one. But my aunt was very exited to se... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:45:39 EST Hi, I am new Hi! <BR> <BR> I am new at sparkpeople and mainly joined because I found this group by accident. (I saw the great profile picture from this group on pinterest.) <BR> I live with pain since I was very little and finally got diagnosed with fibromyalgia when I was in 7th grade. Now I am 20 (since yesterday, I still have to accustom myself to the new number ;) ) years old and try to do my best everyday although it is often very difficult. <BR> I want to live the life I dream to live and I don't w... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 16:03:18 EST June 2015 chat! Wow its already June...summer is upon us.... <BR> Please go back to read the last few posts in the May chat as they are quite wonderful..... <BR> <BR> AJ--Your fibro doll should be one with pins sticking in it everywhere..... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 13:14:20 EST Hi All New Here Hello to all! I'm new here and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Stephanie. I am 47, happily married to a wonderful supportive husband. I have an 8 year old daughter and a 6 year old son. First and foremost in my life though is Jesus. I was diagnosed finally in February 2014 with Fibromyalgia. I have suffered though with pain for over 6 years and each year the pain got worse. I went through all the testing for everything under the sun and then finally got the fibro diagnosis, even though... Thu, 28 May 2015 14:56:03 EST Here comes summer! What are some things you love about summer? Are you planning a vacation? Where will you go and what will you do? What are your fav summer foods? Do you have a great grilling recipe? <BR> Lets share and chat about summer fun. Fri, 15 May 2015 11:25:52 EST May chat 2015 Wow it's the beautiful month of May-one of my favs! We have a blessing-we got my granddaughter this weekend! Court went well and we r so happy to get her again. I am at my youngest sons house for the weekend! <BR> <BR> <BR> The sun is shining and the sky is soooo blue-it's in the 80's and I'm out watching Madi my granddaughter play her soccer game. Happy day! We are going on a picnic and fishing later on. Pain has been bad but is controlled at this moment! <BR> <BR> I pray you are feel... Sat, 2 May 2015 09:40:31 EST PRAYERS needed I heard from DGD1 this morning. She had gotten results from Ultra-sound [???] and it confirmed the baby died at 6 weeks! She is having a D&C tomorrow to remove it! <BR> <BR> Sad day for the family! <BR> <BR> Prayers for her and Jay and unborn baby. They are trying to deal with it and get past it! <BR> <BR> Hugs Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:54:03 EST April chat Wow it's April-one of my favorite months <BR> I am at the eye dr for my post op check. I took my mom to her dental appt. this morning. <BR> <BR> I bought tomatos squash zucchini cucumbers bell peppers to put out. Will do that later today. It is a beautiful day here in Georgia-but here I am stuck in the waiting room. You guys understand. So glad to have a phone to play on but it is almost dead so I will post this before I lose it. <BR> <BR> Check in and let me know How you are. Wed, 1 Apr 2015 14:20:40 EST Describe your pain today! We have a place to rate our pain but not a place to talk about how it feels. I think it would be interesting if we could share our about our pain. I don't want this to be a depressing thing-I want it to be a place where we can come to vent....for example...we can share what our pain is like today.....if it is really bad we can share and encourage one another. So lets try this for awhile and see if it is at all helpful...if not I shall remove it. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 10:49:28 EST What do you love about Spring??? <BR> <BR> SUNSHINE!!!!! and warmth!! Sat, 21 Mar 2015 11:33:33 EST Fibromyalgia A to Z!!! A to Z anything goes related to fibromyalgia <BR> <BR> A-aches Sat, 7 Mar 2015 13:50:02 EST March 2015 Chat Well I had a long email written and lost it. Bummer. <BR> <BR> Now I am too foggy to write more...but know that I am praying for you...... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:12:24 EST FEB/MARCH CHALLENG -Finding joy despite the pain! Ok here it is....the place to post what helps keep you going, what makes you smile, what gives you joy in your life despite chronic pain. <BR> <BR> Anything lets get started sharing..... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 17:37:35 EST February 2015 Chat! Wow another month has snuck by me. Seems time is flying by the older I get. <BR> <BR> I read your posts about keeping joy while we deal with fibro. This sounds like a great challenge idea. I think the best idea is to simply make a forum where we can take this month to post some of the joys in our we share things that make us smile despite the pain hopefully we can encourage one another or at least make each other smile. <BR> SO here I to start our new challenge forum..... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 17:33:23 EST Jan 2015 Chat! Happy New year sisters. <BR> <BR> Janet-so sorry to hear you are sick....but it does sound awful cold there in Ohio.So stay in and stay warm....drink lots of fluids. Here in Georgia it has been pretty the 50's. We are to have rain all weekend tho so will be stuck indoors. <BR> <BR> Kay...I'm glad you are going to at least attempt to do a little something....little bits add up. When I first started walking I would do 10 minutes.....then I started doing it twice a day...till I worke... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:21:50 EST Desperate for Answers!! Hi everyone. I read all posts...I wish I could say I have been praying often, but I have been in bed for the past 3 days. It's been rough....I either can not sleep or I can't get enough sleep as in I wake up feeling so exhausted that I can not function. I literally can not sit up in a chair...feeling so tired/fatigued. <BR> <BR> The fatigue has been going on for about 5 years now....EVERY Dr. swears it's stress, Fibro, and my bipolar medication. I want to scream. I have never felt so terribl... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:30:53 EST December Chat! Wow its Monday and a brand new month. Great time for a new start or to work on improving an area you want to change. This month many people give up trying to lose weight saying they will wait till Jan 1st...well why not get a little head start on everyone else and focus on eating healthy this month....then we can cut down our portions next month. So enjoy healthy good for you foods and learn how to eat healthy this month and next month we can begin to cut back our portions. <BR> <BR> I am st... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 11:50:24 EST Fall/winter 2014 challeng -Healthy eating!! Many articles I have read state that health eating can help fibromyalgia patients feel better. So what do we eat? There are many differing opinions on that and no one diet is prescribed for fibro. <BR> <BR> This challenge is to get YOU to eat healthier and hopefully helping you to feel better. The holidays are upon us and many chances to overeat or eat the wrong foods. Together we can work to improve our eating and yet allow ourselves rewards. <BR> <BR> Feel free to post any articles or in... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 13:19:24 EST Name something good about winter! Lets name things that we like about winter...things that make it special to you or a special winter memory you want to share.... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 11:36:23 EST November Fibro sister chat! Well is a brand new month. Lets make it a great month. I want us to focus on heathy eating.....not necessarily dieting but improving our food choices. I have already started doing this and decided for me it is a good idea to schedule sweet treats every third day I can pick one anything I want as a "sweet" treat. Yesterday I only had 3 m&m's but if I wanted an ice cream sundae I could have had it. This gives me something to look forward to as I work hard to eat healthy. T... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 11:34:26 EST I am new :) Hi every one.. My name is Stacie.. I was diagnosed in 2006.. I have been trying to lose weight and become closer to God. When I saw this group I new it was just what I needed. Thank you for having me. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 22:00:29 EST Oct 2014 Chat Wow October is here already. Soon Christmas will be upon us. <BR> <BR> AJ-I am glad you are not stressing. You really do need to rest in Christ. Easier said than done I know. <BR> <BR> I am at my son Chris's house. I took my mom to her dental appointment and then drove 2 hours to Chris's house. I did ok driving with my eye-but I won't drive after dark. <BR> Pain level is high again today. So NOT fun. It gets really tiring as you all know. It seems to be wearing me down-so tired of hurtin... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:54:40 EST Question of the day!! This forum will be for us to get to know each other better and just for fun to see how each of us answer different questions. Some will be related to fibro and others will be just for fun. If you are interested in posting the question of the day any time....just let me know. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:30:20 EST September 2014 Chat Welcome to September. I find I am on a 60 day count down to a new home with none in sight. I have to continuously tell myself God has this under control to keep panic attacks down. <BR> <BR> I also have a major paper due Wed. and must Work at the beginning of this week so am once again doing a balancing act. I have spent several days researching the paper now it's time for me to get the words onto paper and it's just not there. <BR> <BR> It's just been tense around here as each day ticks... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 08:31:49 EST Were you active today?? This is the place to post what you did to be more active each day. This way we can encourage each other with our progress......keep a record of our activities and work to increase our activity levels. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:16:47 EST What makes YOU happy? Dealing with pain day after day is very difficult. Yet we still find joy in the journey. I would like to use this forum to write what makes us happy...... <BR> We could go A to Z but I think just writing one thing each day is good. <BR> <BR> SO I will start with: <BR> <BR> Being in nature makes me happy:) Mon, 4 Aug 2014 18:35:01 EST August Challenge-THe ONE THING challenge! This months challenge is up to you. I know we all have things we want to work on so I am asking you to pick ONE to share with our team and to focus on during the month of August. <BR> <BR> Mine is healthy eating. I ate a lot of quick foods while sick and know my nutrition was not very good. This month my focus is eating nutrient dense, healthy foods. This is peak season for fruits and veggies so I plan to do all I can to eat nutritious and healthy meals to help my body heal and feel better. ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:07:07 EST August 2014 Chat WOW...a new month. A new start. <BR> <BR> What do you like about August? This has continued from our July thread. I was saying how Aug was my least favorite month and others were sharing why it is a GOOD month. I need that. So share why YOU like August. <BR> <BR> I am always sad to see summer go...winters are so HARD..pain is so HIGH and I get so stiff. But there are joys of cooler weather and you can;t help but anticipate some of those. But we have more hot months yet so I won't worry abo... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:00:18 EST Fibro Crafters I sat thinking about all of us who have "desire" to craft in our moments of "fog" but might need encouragement or a place to just post the latest project. This can be anything from "hey I worked on one scrapbook page (which I need to do desparately as my kids are not getting younger) to I put together a quilt square or I crocheted 5 stitches. I figured out somewhere it's not necessarily how much we do just the fact that we did it. <BR> <BR> AJ Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:29:08 EST July 2014 Welcome to mid-summer and the Month of July. Sweet corn and bbq grilling is the theme of the month. (oh and that game problem got fixed). <BR> <BR> Will check in later once I get things done today. <BR> <BR> AJ Thu, 3 Jul 2014 09:30:49 EST Change one letter!! (game) Change one letter to make a new word! Just for fun! Life is too short not to have some fun:) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> pain Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:34:48 EST I Am New Not new to Fibromyalgia, but new to Fibro Sisters, having now followed our leader here. <BR> I am 57, married almost 33 years and raising 3 grandchildren 11, 12 & 13. I attend church when I can, but lately my docs are evaluating me sans med's and the pain is to much to bear. <BR> I miss my old life, moving around, being active but am determined somehow in some way to bring it back, so I have an organization that makes quilts for first responders. I am blessed to have many quilters who reach ... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:07:51 EST Team Prayer Challenge!!! Due to popular is the team prayer challenge. <BR> <BR> First...go to the prayer and praise section and post any prayer needs you have. <BR> The challenge is to daily check for any updates or needs and to add yours.....then to pray each day from now through The end of July. <BR> <BR> Also pray each day for our team in general and then come here and post an emoticon or note that you prayed today. <BR> <BR> The goal is to develop a habit of daily prayer for our fibro sisters a... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:23:34 EST 4 basic tips on fibro - see fibro articles article moved to fibro articles page Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:06:44 EST Does fatigue make you crave more carbs? Whenever I get overly fatigued, especially in the summer when it is so hot and I get fatigued more easily, I crave carbs, especially sweets. I always gain weight in the summer and I hate it! Anyone else have this problem? Sun, 8 Jun 2014 15:43:29 EST Sleep Challenge! Are There Sleep Strategies to Help People With Fibromyalgia? <BR> <BR> Establishing better sleep hygiene can help manage the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Improving your sleep may help decrease your pain, fatigue, and "fibro fog." Try the following strategies and see if they help your sleep. In addition, ask your doctor about a sleeping pill that's safe and effective to get your body back on a restful sleep regimen. <BR> <BR> Sleep only as much as needed to feel refreshed and healthy the follow... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 12:28:57 EST June 2014 Chat! Well its a new month...good time for a new start. Our challenge this month is on sleep and I have the first article in the new sleep forum.....hope it helps us. <BR> <BR> Lets motivate ourselves to work on getting better sleep and taking great care of our bodies this month-eat healthier foods-exercise what you can. Lets make June a great month. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 12:26:30 EST Happiness!! Many of us are searching for happiness. It seems to be elusive yet there are many ways to be happy. This forum is for articles, quotes, and just thoughts on being happy. What makes YOU happy? Share something that makes you happy or just express yourself here.... <BR> <BR> Hope you enjoy this forum: would LOVE any feedback! Sun, 25 May 2014 15:01:25 EST doTERRA oils???? Anyone ever use the doTERRA oils and fibromyalgia protocol to help ease their symptoms? <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 May 2014 13:20:08 EST I can do all things through Christ! Today I can.. I can.......enjoy family time today:) Thu, 15 May 2014 09:48:04 EST ABC's of Fibro (fun) Lets do our ABC's using words that describe out fibro. I will go first: <BR> <BR> <BR> A- achy Sat, 3 May 2014 16:25:04 EST About blogs... (((gentle hugs))) <BR> <BR> I was posting a thread to put your blog links here, but they are back on the right of our team page just as before. I'm so happy about that. It's so nice to be able to read your blogs. They knit us together as a team. Just having them gone for a day felt like we had lost a friend. <BR> <BR> Fri, 2 May 2014 07:54:46 EST Emoticon something! <BR> I enjoy the emoticons so this is a place where you can post an emoticon expressing how you feel, anything you like, or whatever you want to post! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:45:40 EST Fibro and Finances Having a chronic illness can definitely affect your finances. <BR> <BR> I would You are welcome to share as much or as little personal info as you are comfortable with. Some of you still work, others are on disability and yet others have no income. How do you handle the financial aspect of living when you have chronic pain? Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:46:26 EST What are YOUR symptoms? Fibro is such a strange disease. Many of us have different symptoms and difference types of pain..... <BR> Lets use this forum to try to describe our pain and health symptoms with each other so we can know how to better lift up our sisters in Christ. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:59:47 EST Song that pulls you through As I sat replying in chat I realized it would be interesting to find out what each of our go to song would be in a time of need and emotionally stability. I use music daily if not hourly to meet the emotions of those in my life, of my life and around my life. <BR> <BR> I'll start with my go to is Sandi Patty's song My Tribute. She's not the first to sing this song but the one who reached me when I was in the belly of the big fish running from Nineveh. My Tribute is about how I thank God f... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:28:13 EST A Smile a day keeps the doctors away:) Share any jokes or humorous stories here.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Proverbs 17:22 - A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. <BR> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:56:10 EST What are YOU thankful for today? <BR> <BR> 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV <BR> <BR> Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. <BR> <BR> <BR> Lets post each day something that we are thankful for! <BR> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:52:25 EST Helpful links Feel free to post any link you find that my be of interest to our team members with fibro..... <BR> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:36:42 EST Pacing with fibromyalgia! Everywhere I read I see the word pace. Pace yourself. Well...easier said than done I have found. This challenge is for us to develop the skills and ability to pace ourselves to help us control our pain levels better. Most of us with fibro were once type A personalities (very achievement oriented go getters) and fibro has really Zapped our butts.....we are MADE to slow down. But many of us push push push and then crash. We MUST learn to incorporate pacing into our lives....but on the busy days... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:58:47 EST April 2014 Fibro chat Lets use this forum to post our daily chats......feel free to vent and share anything you have on your mind. We are here to support and help each other. Dealing with fibro affects every area of our lives so lets share to make us stronger..... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:58:28 EST Name one thing that made you happy today! Gratitude helps to keep us more positive so lets look for at least one thing that makes us happy each day! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:06:28 EST Were you active today? If you were able to be active today post am amoticon or simply let us know what you did....lets encourage each other to be as active as possible with fibro! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:03:28 EST Welcome! Purpose of this team! Welcome to a new spark team for people with fibromyalgia. Lets share our hopes, dreams, struggles, and encourage one another as we deal with this dreadful disease. <BR> <BR> As a follower of Jesus Christ my dream is for this team to be a place where we can express our faith and we become all that God intended us to be. <BR> Hugs, <BR> Sarah <BR> <BR> Romans 12:1-5 ESV <BR> <BR> I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy an... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:00:14 EST