I just wanted to introduce myself since I'm new on here. My name is Leora, I'm 28, and I'm a writer. I was diagnosed with fibro in 2008. I spent about
1 1/2-2 years stuck at home because my fibro was so severe. At that time, I couldn't drive a car, had to take a leave of absence from my grad school program (with only one semester left to graduate), and was basically dependent on my parents for everything. It was a really dark time in my life. Oh yeah, and the only times I actually left my home was for my almost daily doctor appointments (which my parents had to drive me to). I'm a lot better now - finished grad school, am able to work part time, and I have a social life again. Back when I was super sick, I used to come on these message boards on rant about
how much my life sucked. But I feel like I was given a second chance at life.
Anyway, the reason that I joined this forum is that I know how horrible life can seem with fibro and I totally know how bad the depression can get , I just want to provide any information or tips that I have to anyone who wants it, and I also want to support my fellow fibro survivors. I'm here to make friends and create my own fibro family
So yeah, that's it. Just wanted to let you all know who I am and say hello. I look forward to talking with everyone and sharing tips and ideas to help overcome our fibro.
I guess I have one more thing to add...I spent a lot of time focusing on the fact that the doctors were saying I would never get better and that there was little they could do to help. I heard this message over and over again and it tore me down. I strongly believe in the healing power of the mind - as well as in the power of the mind to make health issues worse. It was when I truly believed that I could get better that things began to change. Our minds are so strong and I am a believer that we can teach ourselves to get healthier and at least bring ourselves to a manageable level of pain.
**in NO WAY am I saying that fibro is in our heads - that statement pisses me off. I know this is real, I've been down that road. I just think it's important that we use the power we have within ourselves to help us heal. (Keep in mind the whole placebo effect).
So, hopefully I haven't made anyone mad or offended anyone. Just saying what's on my mind.
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