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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/23/2009 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
blush  I have been 'lurking' for a little while now.  Oh, I answered a few posts, but I was afraid to really put myself out there.  Then the obvious warmth and support of all of you melted my internal scaredy cat - mostly anyway tongue   - and my need for you did the rest.
eyes  I'm a sixty-six year old female and got my fibro Dx fifteen years ago.  (Like most of you I have a multitude of other conditions, too, some of which are in my profile.)  I am the - single for years - mother of six, some homemade and some adopted, but I tend to forget who's which.  Ages range from thirty to forty-seven, three girls, three boys.  I have seven grandchildren so far, from two months (the only boy!) to twenty-two years.  Five years into my fibro, when she was fourteen months old, one grandchild came to live with me; we just celebrated our tenth anniversary, so she is now eleven, bright, often on my last nerve, and a blessing of enormous magnitude.  She gave me the strength and will to survive at least eight surgeries, two life-threatening, in our ten years together.  It hurts me deeply, as my limitations increase, that I am able to do less and less for her and with her.  It's not like she ever knew me when I was 'normal', whatever that is, but it still bothers me.  Thankfully, she is old enough now to do sleepovers and stuff with her close friends - and one of her aunts tries to pick up some of the slack for both of us.  And for our two Chihuahuas and two cats.LOL smilewinkgrin
smhair  Before fibro, I was a teacher who adored her career.  (After I became single, I went back to college as an older student, got my Bachelor's and Master's while parenting and working.)  I grieved for a long time after I had to stop teaching; I still miss it at times. cry   I despise my not being able to work and my need to depend on SS disability for an income. mad   But... I am also grateful for it.  Don't know where we'd be without it...
yeah  Well, enough moaning and groaning!  Sorry I got so wordy!  I seem to do that a lot lately...  Thank you all for being there and letting me join your FaMily.                                (Obviously like the emoticons...)
So glad for this forum and knowing I'm not alone..l
Dx: FMS,OA,depression,anxiety,DDD with 7 herniations so far,HTN,IBS,cardiac 
      stent,failing aortic valve,angina,migraines with aura,many surgeries,+misc.
Rx: Nifedipine,Atenolol,Enalapril,Simvastatin,Levothyroxine,Cymbalta,Bupropion,
      Dicyclomine,Lorazepam,Darvocet,Percocet,albuteral inhaler,nitroglycerin,+
Newbie to forum and novice with computer - patience, please!

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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 4/23/2009 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   
You're as welcome as the flowers in May! Jump right in and join the conversation. And keep moving! The more you move the longer you are able to fight the fibro dragons!
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 9090
   Posted 4/23/2009 10:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome from another 'retired' teacher! I too had to stop teaching because of my fibro and other conditions and I'm still hurting over it. Being a teacher isn't a career, it's who you are. I taught adults but no matter...I loved it. Enough whining

One thing to maybe remember about your sweet 'daughter', who's 11 now. Where would she have been without you? Yes, you may not be able to do the things you'd like...either can I...but you have given your your time and that's the most precious gift of all. She knows she is loved and that's what she needed. I think she's one lucky young lady and I'll bet she does too.

Sure am glad you have joined in. Come chit-chat on our daily Koffee Klatches. It's a time to laugh and talk about anything BUT pain!

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Fibromyalgia, Ulcerative Colitis, Insulin dependent diabetic, PTSD, dermatitis herpetiformus, osteoarthritis and a few other side dishes.
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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 229
   Posted 4/24/2009 12:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Sashe13,
I'm fairly new to these wonderful site also. You can vent here and nobody judges because chanced are, they've already been through them. Everyone is so helpful and you can really get some insights on things that have worked and not worked for some of them. I'm a 53 yr. old registered nurse who was forced to retitire in July of this year after my 4th cervical spinal surgery. I absolutely loved being a nurse and just crave to continue to do that kind of work but it's just not inthe cards. I've had both knees replaced due to osteoarthritis, too. I have a wonderful husband, three great daughters and three little grand babies. Somedays it is so hard for me to even hold them so I spend a lot of time in the floor playing with them so I don't have to do much lifting. I'm sorry thay you have this disease.. You just never know when it will creep p on you and foul up your plans. It is good to have you on the site.
Degenerative disc disease,osteoarthritis, status post 4 cervical spinal surgeries with plate insertions and fusion, Lupus, Sjogren's Disease, Fibromyalgia, chronic heacaches and chronic pain.

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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 478
   Posted 4/24/2009 4:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning Barry,

Welcome to our family. You are going to just feel so good "talking" with all of us about just anything. WE do discuss our woes with fibro a lot but we have great laughs along the way too. When you get to know Donna, Vestabula, get ready to howl. she is a real high spot for most of us. But everyone offers their own special part of themselves to help one another.

Look forward to hearing more from you.


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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 1097
   Posted 4/24/2009 5:07 AM (GMT -7)   

Wow-what an awesome person you are! Adopted kids..single mom...raising a grandchild. You really have a lot on your plate! I can't imagine :-)

I am glad you found our little family..please post often and know that we are here to offer support and some laughs, too.

love and hugs

fibromyalgia, ibs, gerd, anxiety

We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.~Carlos Castaneda

I wish you all the joy that you can wish.~William Shakespeare

Housework, if you do it right, will kill you.~Erma Bombeck

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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 17557
   Posted 4/24/2009 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome, Barry, from another retired teacher!  Seems to be a lot of us on this forum.  I'm so glad you found us and decided to join in.  It really is a wonderful group of people who love to help one another. 
I posted a long "Welcome" post yesterday with a lot of good info that could help you.  Scan down and find the thread.  It's still on the first page right now. 
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread.  There are links to great info about fibro.  Read back posts and ask questions, too.  We are here to help you.
I am so glad you joined in.  I know you will like it here.  Welcome to our family!
Forum Moderator/ Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7

lost in philly
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 243
   Posted 4/24/2009 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow! What a life story! Welcome!

I had no idea that so many of us were retired teachers! I too had been working in public and private schools for the past 10 years but as a Teacher's Assistant working with special needs kids. I loved the challenge of finding ways to motivate and encourage them. I went back to school (doing the nights and weekends thing too) to get my Bachelor's/ Teaching Cert. finally and that is when I came down with fibro.
I forced myself to graduate, although I barely made it across the stage. But now there is just no way I can teach and it tears me apart because it was my life and Im still so young.

It is a shame, my whole life I have been known as the person kids loved and that loved kids. Now it is very draining to be around them. I really hope it changes because I miss working in the schools more than anything else this dd has robbed of me.
lost in philly

Fibro, Endo, Migraines, Asthma, CFS

Topamax, Morphine, Cymbalta, Crestor, Resoril, Loestrin, Treximet

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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 33
   Posted 4/24/2009 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the group.... I also am a newbie yeah
Just jump in, hun.... the water is fine, turn
Hope to see you soon!
God Bless

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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 179
   Posted 4/24/2009 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Heartfelt thanks to all of you who read my post, and especially the replies... Makes me feel warm and fuzzy, oops, that's my little dogs... Makes me feel cared about and among friends... I needed that. A lot.
Dx: FMS,OA,depression,anxiety,DDD with 7 herniations so far,HTN,IBS,cardiac 
      stent,failing aortic valve,angina,migraines with aura,many surgeries,+misc.
Rx: Nifedipine,Atenolol,Enalapril,Simvastatin,Levothyroxine,Cymbalta,Bupropion,
      Dicyclomine,Lorazepam,Darvocet,Percocet,albuteral inhaler,nitroglycerin,+
Newbie to forum and novice with computer - patience, please!

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