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   Posted 3/9/2010 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Nana, I am putting your post here.  It's best to introduce yourself this way because more people will see it.  Welcome to the fibro forum!  I'm glad you like Fibro 101, too.  A lot of info is right at your fingertips this way.
Don't hesitate to ask questions. We are here to help you!
Hey everyone. I am newly diagnosed also. You guys are a great source of information, support, caring and everything in between. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I started Cymbalta (30 mg for 14 days then up to 60 mg after that) last week and had a rough few days at first. Now I can function more than I could a week ago. The hardest part for me is being able to balance life. Like you say on good days I want to go full force, but if I do I end up crashing for days. Emotionally it's hard knowing I'll never be the person I used to be, but at least I can function and smell the roses so to speak. :-) Thank you all for sharing your experiences, what works for you, what doesn't and how to live life with this mess. I will continue to read (love the Fibro 101) learn and live life. I have a wonderful support system which helps. My dr signed the papers today for me to get a handicap place card!!! (very fortunate to have a great doc too) I look forward to getting to know you all and in the future knowing enough about fibro to help someone else. For now the best advice I can give is not to be hard on yourself for things you can't do, take care of yourself, take you meds, exercise gently and enjoy the good times.

Sorry I got winded. :-0
Take care!

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   Posted 3/9/2010 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nana, and welcome to the forum! I am new to the forum and newly diagnosed too (about a month or so ago). But as everyone says, not new to the pain. I hope we see alot of you around here, everyone is great on this forum. Just like yesterday I had to go to the dentist and many members helped me through my fear. It's great to have others to talk to and somewhere to turn for advise. It helps alot knowing we are not alone in this!
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   Posted 3/9/2010 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Nana, welcome to our fibro family. You have already checked out fibro 101, Sherrine did
a wonderful job compiling a wealth of wonderful info for us.

I'm glad that you have a great support system, that really helps! Your positive attitude
will benefit you as well. It goes along way when the tough gets going!

Finding a balance is tricky when trying to pace yourself. It is trial and error, sometimes
flares come out of nowhere, but thankfully they don't last forever.

It is great that you are getting good results from the Cymbalta.

Your advice is so right! Glad you have joined our family!!!

hugs, Robin

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   Posted 3/9/2010 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nana smile, welcome to our place where we can be ourselves. I'm glad you found us. It really is a great place with so much info and people that know what your going thru.
Hi there  Damouthy1...I love your siggy name! Welcome to you too, great place to learn, vent, share and just be in the company of others that feel your pain "Literally"
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   Posted 3/9/2010 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for the very warm welcome! I've done the hardest thing today. (emotionally anyway) At almost 42 years old I got my handicap place card. I know it will come in handy on those days I feel the worst. I guess it's just an emotional thing. lol Relief, grief and all that stuff.

A little more about me....I am VERY fortunate because I am a stay at home mom. I have a son that will be 13 on the 17th that has mild Cerebral Palsy, Colonic Dysfunction and Sensory Issues. I home school him & he is a true blessing. I have a daughter, 22, that is giving me my first biological grandchild next month, a step-grandson (I think of him as my own) that is 4 and a wonderful son-in-law. My best friend is my husband, Spencer. I have so much I am thankful for in my life so I try not to let things get me down. No matter how hard it is sometimes I do have my moments...lol We live on a small farm.

I really look forward to getting to know all of you and what you're going through. Thank you so much for being there!

Take care!!!!

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   Posted 3/9/2010 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   

I got my placard when I was 42, also.  I'm now 62 and it has been wonderful to have.  I used to go to the mall and if there wasn't a place close to the doors, I would turn around and go back home.  There was more than enough walking in the mall.  I didn't need to park out in the boonies and do all that extra walking.  I use it when I need it.  If there are places fairly close, or if I'm having an especially good day, I'll park in a regular space.

People will look at you but ignore them.  They don't have a clue what your health issues are and they aren't walking in your shoes.  Remember, your doctor would NEVER have approved the placard if he didn't think you needed it.  I'm glad you got that assistance.


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   Posted 3/9/2010 11:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nana and welcome to the Family!

This truly is a family as we are always here for each other and care deeply that everyone is doing as well as possible. It's so exciting to be a grandparent and you will have so much joy and love from the times you will have with the new little one. Please let us know when he/she arrives.
You sound as if you have many years of wisdom with your fibro and share it easily. That's what it's all about...sharing with each other is the only way we can have a quality life since you just can't get it out of books or doctors.

Warm hugs,
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   Posted 3/10/2010 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Sherinne. I appreciate it. That's my plan as well-not to use it unless I have to.

Thanks Chutzie! I will post when he (Logan) gets here. I don't have as many years as a lot do here under my belt. (3 years I know of, but just diagnosed last week) My dr sat my husband, son and me down to deliver the news, give advice, information and remind us that I won't be 100% again, but I would have good days. Most important is to take care of myself.

I hope everyone has a good day!

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   Posted 3/10/2010 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I was going to post this on the other thread til I seen Sherrine was smart enough to start your own.
You said something about slowing down and smelling the roses, well I use to be a perfectionist at everything I did and was obsessed with keeping the perfect house. One thing fibro has taught me is how much of my life I wasted on trying to be perfect. Okay, it would be nice to have the energy to keep it moderately clean now which I don't and don't know what I would do without the help my DH gives me when he can, but I don't obsess over it anymore. I do what my body allows me to do each day and I'm always moving forward even if it is at a snails pace and that makes me feel good about myself.
I live in a small town and parking at our local Walmart, the only big store we have here, is not a problem for me unless it is the holidays so I haven't gotten a handicap card. Most of the time when I go to one of the cities around us to shop DH goes with me and drops me off at the door and picks me up. But if I lived in a bigger city I would have a card. Energy is precious to me and every step I take is energy gone for the day so why waste it on walking from your car to a store if you don't have to. No I wouldn't use it if there were parking places within reason.
Congrats on Logan. tongue I'm the grandma of many and have a great grandson that will be a year old the 7th of April. I don't get tired of babies but sure can't do with this little guy what I did with my grandchildren, darn fibro.
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