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   Posted 10/7/2009 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi to everyone.  I haven't posted in months, yeah a bit of denial going on here.  My question is, have any of you explored further education since the onset of your fibromyalgia?  I am contemplating the idea of going back to school through the local technical center for my LPN.  The hours for the first nine months are 9am to 12 noon.  I think this is doable, but maybe I just don't want to admitt that I can't do it. 
I asked someone I know that has fibro, about it and she said, 'been there, done that', meaning she wanted to pursue further education and just came to the realization that she physically cannot handle it. 
What are your thoughts on it, or what have you done since your fibro onset?  I need some good advice.  Thanks!  curlykraut

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   Posted 10/7/2009 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't done that, but I know that several members of this board have gone to college or university with fibro. I definitely think it is doable, just maybe a little more work on your part. I'm sure they will be along shortly to offer encouragement.

I wouldn't take too much faith in your friend's 'been there done that' statement. Every one of us is different, so what goes for one can't go for another. And do you really want to spend the rest of your life wondering 'what if' just on some negative comments? Or try it for yourself and be proud of all you can accomplish and work for.

Good luck with your decision (((hugs)))
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   Posted 10/7/2009 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
delete duplicate... oops, sorry!
possible fibro and trigeminal neuralgia
50 mgs amitriptyline

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   Posted 10/7/2009 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I am currently in school, started having health problems when I started but I am stil going strong, I am not going to lie some days it is a war.  But you have to learn to take ti slow and not take on too much.  I am only a year behind for getting my bachelor's but the end in sight and I can't wait to be done.  I think my main problem with school is that I still have to work a lot of hours to support myself.  But hopefully these last three semesters will fly by!! Good luck! I hope I helped if you have any other questions feel free to ask! (((huggs)))
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   Posted 10/7/2009 7:18 PM (GMT 0)   
Hey, Curly,

Everyone's different, but after I got fibro I had to stop working and have never been able to go back, even to the easiest job in the world (whatever that might be). But I do enjoy writing and thought maybe I could pull together a book about my experiences with fibro. I struggled and struggled but I finally had to admit I couldn't do it. No matter how hard I pushed myself or what self-help tricks and tips I tried, I just didn't have the stamina, the concentration, the energy to do it. Yes, I still have regrets about it, every time I look at the stack of folders still sitting on the table four years later that I've been too tired to put away! But it is also easier somehow to deal with life on life's terms, if I'm able to admit my limitations and not aim too high, so that I'm not disappointed, crushed, frustrated and depressed when I don't achieve that unrealistic goal.

Everyone's different, as I said, so the right balance between trying and overdoing is something you'll work out for yourself. Good luck with your journey.
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   Posted 10/7/2009 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   


I just wanted to add my 2 cents worth.  I went to college at 48 and had fibro at the time but not the "official"  dx.  It was tough but doable if you pace yourself.  I worked for several years after that until I just couldn't do it anymore.  I wouldn't have missed the experience of college for anything or the experience of working in the field I had chosen.  Only you know your capacity to deal with college and the work environment.  Your choice of LPN is probably your love , but I wonder if it might be too physical?  Perhaps you could look into all the aspects of the LPN field and maybe strive for some part of the field that gives you more of a chance to pace yourself?  Good luck out there and enjoy school.  Education is something that can NEVER be taken from you and adds so much to your life .


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