I am so happy for you, that you were able to go on vacation and have such a marvelous time!
I also want to say thank you. Toward the beginning of this year, I posted on here after I was first diagnosed. I was scared and confused, petrified that my life was going to go through a major overhaul. You did not just tell me it was ok and moved on - you were tougher, stronger - told me that my career and my life wouldn't have to change if I was determined not to let it. I came on here today to tell you that you were right and to say thank you.
One day a few months ago, I was fed up with this whole thing. I realized that this was not going away, no matter how much I wished it away. I also realized that I was much stronger than Fibro. This thing was not going to take my goals and dreams away from me. I decided then and there that my new motto was going to be "feel the pain and do it anyway".
Since then, my career is going fine. The only change I made was adjusting my hours to come in earlier and leave earlier - I am more alert earlier in the morning and coming home earlier has decreased stress within my home. My family and I went on a vacation to Acadia National Park, where I walked and hiked, carrying our lunches in a backpack. I painted the inside and outside of my house, planted a garden, etc. Do I hurt? YES! Am I tired? YES! But, I am telling you that the simple act of defiance - of not letting this thing get me down - has done wonders for my psyche. I have also noticed that the more active I am, the more energy I have.
When I am having an especially bad day, I don't paint the house ;). I may take it a bit easier on those days. I try not to schedule important meetings on especially foggy days. But, I have refused to allow this thing to beat me into submission. I would much rather hurt while I am doing something than hurt when I am not doing something.
Thank you, Jokat!
Current Treatment (holistic): D-Ribose, Adrenal Distress Guard, Cod Liver Oil; Qi Gong (to begin soon)