Focusing on the ‘I Can’

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Chronic illnesses like fibromyalgia can throw your life out of whack, wreak havoc with your plans, and distort how you see yourself and your future. Staying discouraged, though, is counterproductive.

It’s super important to take good care of yourself. Practice good hygiene as often as your energy allows. Find shortcuts that work well for you. I find that I have to time my shower just right, knowing that I will be unable to do anything for about two to three hours afterward. When I’m not up for that, a good old-fashioned sponge bath will do. Also, I don’t brush my teeth every day, as it’s sometimes hard to stand for even a few moments. I do keep floss on my bedside table and use it every time I eat something.

I know how very frustrating and embarrassing it is to have to cancel plans or appointments at the last minute, especially if it was something you were looking forward to. Last year, for our anniversary, my husband surprised me with a sleigh ride. It was really wonderful, but I froze even though I was bundled up. He booked it again this year, but I know I’m not going to be able to physically handle it, and that makes me so sad. Instead, we’re offering it to my son and his wife.

Losing the ability to do more and more things can be really depressing, but I work hard at keeping a positive attitude through prayer, and being mindful of all I still can do. In fact, I recently challenged the women in my Facebook group to create an “I Can Do” list. Something they can pull out to remind themselves of what they can do when life threatens to overwhelm them.

Some things on my “I Can Do” list are:
• I can see, even if it’s with glasses.
• I can walk, albeit slowly and at times with a walker.
• I can hear and enjoy conversation, and listen to music.
• I can talk, sing, and tell people I love them.
• I can write and get paid for it.

Those are just a few things on my list. I encourage you to get a notebook or pad of paper and create your own. I really think it will help.

Fibro is a disrupter of dreams, an unpredictable disease, a wrecking ball of our best-laid plans. But we can, and must, stay positive. I’m not saying we won’t have horrible days or times we break down from all the stuff we deal with. But, sometimes, we can be our own worst enemy, right? What can you do today to improve your mindset?

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Note: Fibromyalgia News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The opinions expressed in this column are not those of Fibromyalgia News Today, or its parent company, BioNews Services, and are intended to spark discussion about issues pertaining to fibromyalgia.

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Robin Dix

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Bonjour, je n'ai même pas encore 40 ans, je suis fibromyalgique, j'ai un petit garçon de 2 ans, et je vis dans cette souffrance, mais dû a ma personnalité je ne peux pas rester sans rien faire, car ça me tue encore plus que la douleur. Je précise que j’écris le français que a 5 ou presque 6 ans maintenant et je parle et écris aussi d'autres langues, donc je fais des erreurs de orthographe et de grammaire. Le problème c'est que je ne peux presque plus marcher (béquilles et difficile), être assis durant plus de 15 à 30 minutes ça me tue le cul cul et le dos, même pour soulever mon petit qui pèse a peine 12 kg, mais on dirait un sac de ciment du type 50 kg. Lui changer la couche me fait trembler les jambes et on dirait qu'on me plante un couteau au fond du dos, même mes épaules et bras quand je soulève ces fesses me font mal, même quand je lui donne la soupe avec une petite cuiller mon bras se fatigue vite et les douleurs arrivent, L'autre jour on lui donnant la soupe j'ai appuyé mon bras sur le plateau de ça chaise et il a commencé à trembler violemment, que même mon petit de 2 ans a eu peur. Sur ma page j'assume l'identité de tous les fibromyalgiques du moins de ceux qui veulent me suivre sous le pseudonyme de "MafibromaVie" ou de "FiFi le clown", finalement nous sommes tous des Clows au yeux de trop de gens, d’État, de Pays, et de Communauté dans notre cas la UE! Je ne suis pas une personnalité et je ne recherche aucune reconnaissance publique. Je suis simplement une personne comme toutes les autres, comme vous qui souffrait peut être aussi de Fibromyalgie, et qui a ouvert une simple page privée ou j'ecris ma vie de fibromyalgique pour suivie médicale par mon médecin. Ben après avec le temps, l'histoire a changé beaucoup de monde a commencer a me suivre 50,100,1000 et maintenant plus de 3000. Je parlais plus de moi au début et maintenant plus de nous et pour vous, ainsi c'est crée une page de partage, aide, soutien, et de discussion pour tous les fibros.

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