A fibromyalgia poem...

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   Posted 5/7/2012 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   
This poem was in the Fibromyalgia Network news elert for April 2012. I too sometimes forget who I
am, that I'm more than this illness. I think as this poem says so well, the worst thing for me about fibro
is never knowing what tomorrow will bring. When someone asks me to go somewhere or do something I
always have to do a mental and physical scan and ask myself,"How do I feel? Will people be ok if I cancel
at the last minute? Is there somewhere I can get away by myself for a few minutes? Will it be very noisy?
What kind of food will be served?" And the list goes on.
By Hannah Hill
As a Fibromyalgia sufferer I do not want your sympathy, I just want you to understand who I am because I may forget.
Yesterday I may have been limping, today I may be skipping, tomorrow I may be having a sofa day.
Yesterday I may have been on top of the world, today I may want to stay indoors, tomorrow I may not be able to get out of bed.
Although my pain is all over, yesterday my leg may have been hurting more than my arm, today it’s my head, tomorrow it may be my back.
Yesterday I was able to make a three-course meal, today it’s a frozen meal, tomorrow it’s jam and bread.
Yesterday I climbed a mountain, today I may manage a mile, tomorrow I may manage a smile.
Yesterday I may have been engaging in great conversation, today I may forget my words, tomorrow I may have forgotten we spoke.
It's not easy living with Fibromyalgia, even harder when others do not understand you!
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   Posted 5/7/2012 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   
How true! After awhile, sadly, we learn to expect less of ourselves, and others do, too.

Of course, there are those times when it is worth it to push through it and overextend - but in general - we have to pace ourselves in ways that most people just can't understand.

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   Posted 5/8/2012 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
This is great. I posted it on facebook with a note about May 12 being Fibromayalgia Awareness Day.  Not many people know I have fibro because I haven't wanted to widely discuss it. However, this poem is a great help to introduce the news to my family and friends.  Thanks for posting!
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   Posted 5/8/2012 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I saw this on Facebook a few weeks ago--its so true. I can definitely relate, especially about the cooking. I try every night to make a real meal. My BF's family is a "hot-dog-and-sandwich" kind of family, so I made a deal that I would cook if his dad would buy the groceries. Now they get a fresh, hot, nutritious meal every night (or leftovers) but there are some times when I wish I hadn't even started this. There are times I really just don't feel like doing anything, but I have to bite the bullet and keep going; no one else can cook more than spaghetti or biscuits from a can :/
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