Today, May 12th, is International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.
I’m sending all my love to those who fight this illness with me everyday, to those who are finding it difficult to cope with everyday life because even the simplest tasks seem impossible, and to those who don’t have the much needed support of those around them.
Fibro is an invisible illness, and is so difficult to deal with because most of us with it don’t look sick. I’ve lived with Fibro for 7 years now. I have come across many people who simply don’t believe me because they tell me I look fine, even though my body feels as though I have weights tied to all my limbs along with being set on fire. I am constantly exhausted, and I often lose concentration. When I’m not working, I’m sleeping because I’m too tired to do much else. I have to plan socialising days or weeks in advance to prepare myself for using what little energy I have. I have to think about what I have to do days afterwards, so I can figure out if I have enough time to recover before I agree to making plans. It takes me a week or so to recover from one night out, so I often don’t make it out unless I have time off work.
Thank you to my friends and family who make my life that little bit easier by making adjustments to plans when I’m too sore to get out of bed and don’t get mad about it, and who support me endlessly.
Be kind to those around you. You don’t know what they’re dealing with and a lot of the time, they’re in need of a smile and some kindness thrown their way.