By Robin -
Today hurt- Tomorrow will too. Some days the battle is won because I didn't stay in bed. The simple act of getting out of bed feels like an accomplishment when your whole body aches everyday, all day.
The motivation to start that day can be a challenge. it seems like I should be doing more; Some days I do a lot and some days I don't.
My name is Rob Nelson. I am 22-years-old and I have fibromyalgia. I have always had it. I was diagnosed with fibro at age 10. My mom gasped when from the doctor said that that was what it was; she had never heard of it in someone so young. It's rare but it does happen.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas. you never know when you'll have a flare-up. it can strike anytime, anywhere else and it could last for days.
But because I've always had fibril I don't know it would be like to not have it. I imagine mornings might be easier- The hardest part of fibro for me is to get going. After I’ve gotten up and move around some, it seems that I can keep going most of the time. Things like exercise and stretches help, as well as applying heat and muscle rub like Icy Hot.
There are little tricks that each person with fibro learns to help reduce the pain. Still some days are hard. There are a lot of people who struggle with fibro but you might never know it. Because we set our own limiTs. I’m the one who decides what fibro is to me. I choose how I will react to what life is giving me.
So I get up each day. I attend school. I work full-time and generally it's with a smile. My happiness is not limited to how my body feels.
Happiness really is a choice. I think that everyone has a story behind their smile. This is mine. Share yours you never know who you might inspire.