Kitten, you are NOT alone by any means. I have theeee most supportive husband in the world, but my own blood relations can't make heads or tails of me.
It took my mother up until 2 years ago to believe how serious this was because my husband and I decided we may not have children. Even now I am still on the fence but he keeps reassuring me that we'll be okay financially, and I'll have the help I need when we're ready
My father is the worst in my family. He judges me as a person based on looks and status, and he's never been easily pleased. Getting Fibro made that 20X more clear when I gained almost 60lbs over 5 years. Even though I have a career, moved out, married a husband that met his expectations, and so forth, I still get a tea-spoon of support. That's got to tell you what kind of person he is when it comes to health. My brother on the other-hand lives with me and sees the physical limitations of my illness. He sees how much my husband has to take care of me some days. He's been able to accept me for some time now, but in the beginning, he was as hard as a rock about
the subject as well.
I don't have any other family support because my blood relatives are in Europe, but I have in-laws who could see that something was wrong. That alone made me feel more connected to them than my own blood. Sad eh?
All I know is I've asked my parents to research my illness and to accept it as a part of me. It's going to affect ALL aspects of my life and that's the hardest reality to swallow.
All I can suggest is that you tell them to research, research, research. Leave books from your local library about
Fibro 'conveniently' out in the
open so your family has a better chance of reading. Best recommendation is Fibromyalgia For Dummies
Print off stuff from the Fibro101 Forum as Sherrine suggested. Perhaps find local articles from your newspaper or doctor's office. Oh YouTube has great videos on Fibro as well.
Best of luck trying to get through to your family. Just remember that we're all struggling with some sort of family issue, but that you HAVE TO BE selfish when it comes to your health
Fibromyalgia, IBS, allergies, chronic Vitamin D deficiency, and possible Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
"Who wouldn't be the one you love? Who wouldn't stand inside your love? Protected and the lover of." *The Smashing Pumpkins, Stand Inside Your Love*