My Favorite Fibro Book – Review for The Fibro Manual

I had been searching high and low for a comprehensive guide to living life alongside fibromyalgia-- one that was well-written, researched, and didn't lump the disorder into a wastebasket diagnosis (an illegitimate diagnosis), or one of outdated information, but one that acknowledged FM as a real disorder of the nervous system. Most books I've come across touted glamorous claims to "cure your...

Chronic Illness and the Holidays: Finding Reasons for Self-Care

In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, I think now is as good a time as ever, to hop back into my blogging. I have been MIA for the last 10 weeks due to a case of chronic urticaria...a nonspecific health condition, which I will write an entry on, in November. For now, I want to address the fat man in the room. By fat man, I mean Santa Claus and his fat bag of expectations. I am by no means a...

My Experience with Chronic Urticaria (Hives)

I have to mention why I have been MIA for the last bit, it being the reason that I decided to write today. In light of these grievous events, I'm aware an explanation is not owed to an imaginary audience anyway. Nevertheless, I will oblige to the future supporters. The latest of shenanigans in my health journey has been an allergic reaction of unknown origin... which is my fancy way of saying, I...

The Opioid Stigma Bandwagon: My Reaction to Gaga’s SuperSoul Interview

Lady Gaga has held my attention as a fan for more than several years. Each year she grows as a more outspoken advocate for mental health, chronic illness, and gives voice to groups that feel they don't have a seat at the table. She has inspired me in more ways than one, with her supportive disposition. She truly cares about her fans and she's grateful for how they have supported her along her...

How My Invisible Illness Prepared Me for Uncertainty

  "The uncertainty of the current situation can bring with it anxiety, and stressing about things big and small. Realizing that I'm no stranger to change, helps a little with the isolation."   "Grounded" can sound more like just another buzzword than a reality, for most of us right now at this time. With all the cases of COVID-19 climbing steadily, times have never felt more shaky in...

Two Simple Tips to Support Someone With Fibromyalgia or Chronic Pain

I don't speak for others with chronic pain and fibromyalgia, I am just one voice out of millions. This is a short article on my own experience, but I do believe this will resonate with many of you chronic pain warriors out there! For those who have not had the firsthand experience of these conditions: there are likely some questions you have about chronic pain, pain patterns, and are curious...

3 Studying Tips for Fibromyalgia

. Caring for your body and keeping pain at bay while working/studying is a to-do list, in and of itself. I've found it is best to keep it as simple as possible with just 3 tips. Being in school can be daunting. With all the deadlines for assignments, not to mention the additional tasks of shadowing professionals, and preparing for and taking standardized tests (I'm currently preparing for the...