20 Products People With Fibromyalgia Should Try For Themselves

Twenty Products People With Chronic Disease Should Try For Themselves

When you struggle every day with the pain, fatigue and or brain fog of fibromyalgia or other chronic disease, it can quickly become frustrating and exhausting – especially since there’s no cure or one-size-fits-all treatment. Finding a product or technique to help ease your symptoms is often a never ending process of trial and error that usually involves a combination of treatments rather than one single solution or fix.

Although there is likely no single item that will totally alleviate your symptoms, many of those in the chronic illness community have found some products (or a combination of products) that help them push through even their toughest flare up days.

1. Epsom Salt – Epsom salt has a number of health benefits, including soothing muscle pain and reducing swelling. Try adding some to a warm bath and give your body time to soak and relax. – Buy the epsom salt above for $27.99 on Amazon.

2. Salonpas Pain Relieving Patches – Salonpas patches are applied on your body directly where you’re hurting and have a topical analgesic that can help relieve muscle aches and pains. They offer several types of patches (i.e. some contain lidocaine, while others provide heat) depending on the type and level of your pain. – Buy the pain patches above for $9.89 on Amazon.

3. Magnesium Lotion – Magnesium is a nutrient that has many health benefits for the average person, but for those with fibromyalgia, its anti-inflammatory properties can be especially helpful. Some use magnesium lotion and let it absorb through their skin. Be sure to talk to your doctor before taking any supplements. – Buy the magnesium lotion above for $18.50 on Amazon.

4. Yeti Hand Warmers – Not only do these gloves look awesome, but they plug in via a USB cord to warm your hands. If you have Raynaud’s phenomenon or get cold often, these fun hand warmers may help. (They also come in slippers, too!) – Buy the Yeti Hand Warmers above for $34.99 on Smoko.

5. Heated Blanket – Not only can a heated throw blanket help keep you warm, but the heat may also be beneficial in soothing some of your aches and pains. – Buy the heated blanket above for $49.26 on Amazon.

6. Deep Heat Gel – The Deep Heat rub delivers both heat and pain relief when applied. “Deep Heat gel! It burns like hell but it works wonders after the initial burning sensation dies down. – Buy the rub above for $6.17 on Amazon.

7. Chillow Pillow – The Chillow Pillow is a cooling gel pad you can use to ease hot flashes or aches and pains due to fibro. You can place it under your back, wrap it around an arm or leg or even put it under your pillow to keep you cool while you sleep. – Buy the Chillow Pillow above for $11.09 on Amazon.

8. Pain Gone Pain Relief Pen -If you need pain relief on the go, this portable pen may be useful. “Paingone – it’s a pen-shaped device that delivers little shocks like a TENS machine. – Buy the pen above for $58.83 on Amazon.

9. Two Old Goats Essential Oil Lotion – Made with goat’s milk, almond oil and six essential oils (lavendar, chamomile, rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus and birch bark), this lotion promises to help soothe sore muscles. – Buy Two Old Goats Essential Oil Lotion for $28.80 on Amazon

10. Lush 93,000 Miles Shower Jelly – Made with eucalyptus and mint, this shower jelly promises to cool and soothe cramping muscles and ease aches and pains. – Buy Lush 93,000 Miles Shower Gel for $19.99 on Amazon.

11. Tennis Balls – If your muscles are aching and in need of some massaging, a tennis ball may be a helpful tool. You could roll it back and forth where you’re tense or use it to put pressure on trigger points. – Buy the tennis balls above for $8.88 on Amazon.

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12. CBD Lotions and Oils – CBD topicals, such as lotions or oils, are infused with cannabis that, when absorbed through the skin, can help with pain, soreness and inflammation. – Buy the hemp salve above for $18 on Amazon.

13. Skechers – If you struggle with fibromyalgia, finding shoes that are tolerable on your feet may be a challenge. However, many of those with fibro have found Skechers to be a viable option. – Buy the Skechers shoes above on Amazon. (Price varies by size.)

14. Kool Pak Cool Bandage – This bandage cools down when wrapped around your body, providing both cold and compression for inflammation, swelling and muscle strains – no refrigeration required. A downside is they are one-use only. – Buy the Kool Pak Cool Bandage above for $5.03 at Physical Sports First Aid.

15. Thera Cane Massager – Although this device may look a bit odd, it is actually the perfect shape for massaging parts of your back you cannot reach. The multiple treatment balls allow you to work on multiple areas at one time. For those with fibro, this can be helpful in easing sore and tight muscles. – Buy the Thera Cane Massager above for $29.95 on Amazon.

16. Vicks VapoRub – Although Vicks VapoRub may often be thought of as a cough suppressant, it can also be used to relieve aches and pains in your muscles and joints. – Buy Vicks VapoRub for $23.58 on Amazon.

17. Essential Oils – Essential oils can do a lot more than make your home smell nice. Different types are known to have different healing properties, both physical and emotional. – Buy the oils above for $16.95 on Amazon.

18. Biofreeze – Biofreeze is a topical analgesic containing menthol, which is both cooling and pain relieving for sore muscles and joints. – Buy Biofreeze for $9.99 on Amazon.

19. Tiger Balm – Tiger Balm contains a blend of herbal ingredients that can help reduce joint and muscle pain. They offer ointments, rubs and pain relief patches. – Buy Tiger Balm for $10.77 on Amazon.

20. Kindle – Sometimes, when the pain or fatigue is just too much, distractions are the best way to cope. Whether that means watching your favorite TV series, inviting your friend over for movie night or reading (or listening to!) a good book, immersing yourself in a different world can draw your mind away from your battle with fibro – even if just for a little while. – Buy the Kindle above for $99.99 on Amazon.

12 Life-Impacting Symptoms Complex PTSD Survivors May Endure


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Complex trauma is a relatively new field of psychology. Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) results from enduring complex trauma.

This type of trauma is ongoing or repeated interpersonal trauma, where the victim is traumatized in captivity, and where there is no perceived way to escape. Ongoing child abuse is captivity abuse because the child cannot escape. Domestic violence is another example. Forced prostitution/sex trafficking is another.

Complex PTSD is a disorder which is different to post-traumatic stress disorder. Many of the issues and symptoms endured by complex trauma survivors are outside of the list of symptoms within the (uncomplicated) PTSD diagnostic criterion. Complex PTSD does acknowledge and validate these added symptoms.

The impact of complex trauma is very different to a one time or short-lived trauma. The effect of repeated/ongoing trauma – caused by people – changes the brain, and also changes the survivor at a core level. It changes the way survivors view the world, other people and themselves in profound ways.

The following are some of the symptoms and impact most felt by complex trauma survivors.

1. Deep Fear Of Trust

People who endure ongoing abuse, particularly from significant people in their lives, develop an intense and understandable fear of trusting people. If the abuse was parents or caregivers, this intensifies. Ongoing trauma wires the brain for fear and distrust. It becomes the way the brain copes with any further potential abuse. Complex trauma survivors often find trusting people very difficult, and it takes little for any trust built to be destroyed. The brain senses issues and this overwhelms the already severely-traumatized brain. This fear of trust is extremely impactful on a survivor’s life. Trust can be learned with support and an understanding of trusting people slowly and carefully.

2. Terminal Aloneness

This is a phrase I used to describe to my counselor — the terribly painful aloneness I have always felt as a complex trauma survivor. Survivors often feel so little connection and trust with people, they remain in a terrible state of aloneness, even when surrounded by people. I described it once as having a glass wall between myself and other people. I can see them, but I cannot connect with them.

Another issue that increases this aloneness is feeling different to other people. Feeling damaged, broken and unable to be like other people can haunt a survivor, increasing the loneliness.

3. Emotion Regulation

Intense emotions are common with complex trauma survivors. It is understandable that ongoing abuse can cause many different and intense emotions. This is normal for complex trauma survivors.

Learning to manage and regulate emotions is vital in being able to manage all the other symptoms.

4. Emotional Flashbacks

Flashbacks are something all PTSD survivors can deal with, and there are three types:

Visual Flashbacks – where your mind is triggered and transported back to the trauma, and you feel as though you are reliving it.

Somatic Flashbacks – where the survivor feels sensations, pain and discomfort in areas of the body, affected by the trauma. This pain/sensations cannot be explained by any other health issues, and are triggered by something that creates the body to “feel” the trauma again.

Emotional Flashbacks – the least known and understood, and yet the type complex trauma survivors can experience the most. These are where emotions from the past are triggered. Often the survivor does not understand these intense emotions are flashbacks, and it appears the survivor is being irrationally emotional. When I learned about emotional flashbacks, it was a huge lightbulb moment of finally understanding why I have intense emotions, when they do not reflect the issue occurring now, but are in fact emotions felt during the trauma, being triggered. But, there is no visual of the trauma – as with visual flashbacks. So, it takes a lot of work to start to understand when experiencing an emotional flashback.

 5. Hypervigilance About People

Most people with PTSD have hypervigilance, where the person scans the environment for potential risks and likes to have their back to the wall.
But complex trauma survivors often have a deep subconscious need to “work people out.” Since childhood, I have been aware of people’s non-verbal cues; their body language, their tone of voice, their facial expressions. I also subconsciously learn people’s habits and store away what they say. Then if anything occurs that contradicts any of this, it will immediately flag as something potentially dangerous.
This can be exhausting. And it can create a deep skillset of discernment about people. The aim of healing fear-based hyper-vigilance is turning it into non-fear-based discernment.

6. Loss Of Faith

Complex trauma survivors often endure a loss of faith. This can be about people, about the world being good, about religion, and a loss of faith about self.
Complex trauma survivors often view the world as dangerous and people as all potentially abusive, which is understandable when having endured ongoing severe abuse.

Many complex trauma survivors walk away from their religious beliefs. For example, to believe in a good and loving God who allows suffering and heinous abuse to occur can feel like the ultimate betrayal. This is something needing considerable compassion.

7. Profoundly Hurt Inner Child

Childhood complex trauma survivors, often have a very hurt inner child that continues on to affect the survivor in adulthood. When a child’s emotional needs are not met and a child is repeatedly hurt and abused, this deeply and profoundly affects the child’s development. A survivor will often continue on subconsciously wanting those unmet childhood needs in adulthood. Looking for safety, protection, being cherished and loved can often be normal unmet needs in childhood, and the survivor searches for these in other adults. This can be where survivors search for mother and father figures. Transference issues in counseling can occur and this is normal for childhood abuse survivors.

8. Helplessness and Toxic Shame

Due to enduring ongoing or repeated abuse, the survivor can develop a sense of hopelessness — that nothing will ever be OK. They can feel so profoundly damaged, they see no hope for anything to get better. When faced with long periods of abuse, it does feel like there is no hope of anything changing. And even when the abuse or trauma stops, the survivor can continue on having these deep core level beliefs of hopelessness. This is intensified by the terribly life-impacting symptoms of complex PTSD that keep the survivor stuck with the trauma, with little hope of this easing.

Toxic shame is a common issue survivors of complex trauma endure. Often the perpetrators of the abuse make the survivor feel they deserved it, or they were the reason for it. Often survivors are made to feel they don’t deserve to be treated any better.

Subconsciously looking for someone to rescue them is something many survivors understandably think about during the ongoing trauma and this can continue on after the trauma has ceased. The survivor can feel helpless and yearn for someone to come and rescue them from the pain they feel and want them to make their lives better. This sadly often leads to the survivor seeking out the wrong types of people and being re-traumatized repeatedly.

9. Repeated Search For A Rescuer

Subconsciously looking for someone to rescue them is something many survivors understandably think about during the ongoing trauma and this can continue on after the trauma has ceased. The survivor can feel helpless and yearn for someone to come and rescue them from the pain they feel and want them to make their lives better. This sadly often leads to the survivor seeking out the wrong types of people and being re-traumatized repeatedly.

10. Dissociation

When enduring ongoing abuse, the brain can utilize dissociation as a coping method. This can be from daydreaming to more life-impacting forms of dissociation such as dissociative identity disorder (DID). This is particularly experienced by child abuse survivors, who are emotionally unable to cope with trauma in the same way an adult can.

11. Persistent Sadness and Being Suicidal

Complex trauma survivors often experience ongoing states of sadness and severe depressionMood disorders are often co-morbid with complex PTSD.

Complex trauma survivors are high risk for suicidal thoughts, suicide ideation and being actively suicidal. Suicide ideation can become a way of coping, where the survivor feels like they have a way to end the severe pain if it becomes any worse. Often the deep emotional pain survivors feel, can feel unbearable. This is when survivors are at risk of developing suicidal thoughts.

12. Muscle Armoring

Many complex trauma survivors, who have experienced ongoing abuse, develop body hyper-vigilance. This is where the body is continually tensed, as though the body is “braced” for potential trauma. This leads to pain issues as the muscles are being overworked. Chronic pain and other issues related such as chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia can result. Massage, guided muscle relaxation and other ways to manage this can help.

 

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5 lessons Learned From Fibromyalgia

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5 lessons Learned From Fibromyalgia

Lesson 1: Believe Sexism Is Why We Do Not Have Cure For Fibromyalgia.

Sexism is alive and well in medicine, and believe it is the primary reason why fibromyalgia science is at least 30 years behind where it should be.  Fibromyalgia research has lagged far behind other diseases, bogged down by controversy and a century of arguments about whether it was a “real” illness. People who have fibromyalgia are mostly female and the illness has suffered from a gender bias that has hampered it being taken seriously by medicine. If this illness primarily affected males, think we would have a cure by now, or at the very least a well-funded governmental institute dedicated to finding a cure!

Lesson 2: Having Invisible Illness Is A Double-whammy.

Sufferers show no outward signs of the disease and standard blood testing is normal. Having an invisible illness – one in which you look fine – is a double-whammy, because not only do you have to try to manage your symptoms and grieve the loss of your health, you also have to fight against doctors, employers and even family members that may not believe you or understand your struggle.

Sometimes fibromyalgia feels like carrying a 200-pound invisible backpack. If others could see the backpack of fatigue and pain we carry, they would better understand our limitations. And your employer may be more forgiving when you need accommodations: “Wow, of course you need an ergonomic chair, you have a 200-lb backpack weighing you down!” But truthfully, employers, family and doctors don’t always understand or see the burden, which just makes the burden heavier.

Lesson 3: Pain Is Subjective Experience Cannot Be Truly Understood By Another.

Everyone experiences physical pain, and doctors as humans have usually experienced the typical pain that is described to them by their patients. Bad sunburn pain, check. Ankle sprain, been there. Sore throat, yep, had one last month myself. Doctors have a personal vocabulary to understand those types of pain.

But come into the office trying to describe a deep, aching, burning muscle pain that is migrating throughout your body, and you will get blank stares. I still remember the you-are-a-crazy-person look a doctor gave me when I tried to explain that it felt like my neck was tired of holding up my head.

Lesson 4: Most Doctors Still Do Not Know Much About Fibromyalgia

Our understanding and ability to treat fibromyalgia has made huge progress. Yet most of this information has not filtered down to the actual doctors providing care. The majority of care falls to busy and overwhelmed primary care providers who don’t have time to go searching for new treatment ideas among the sea of medical publications.

Lesson 5: Fibromyalgia Is Not Caused By Depression, But

Can Cause Depression.

Several of doctors suggested my symptoms were caused by depression. But they were wrong. Was indeed depressed, but only because life was falling apart, doctors could offer no help and was exhausted and hurt all over. Anyone dealing with that would be depressed!

Know that pain can actually cause changes to the brain that activate the areas associated with depression. So while depression does not cause fibromyalgia, fibromyalgia most certainly can cause depression!

5 lessons Learned From Fibromyalgia

How to Solve the Biggest Problems With Memory Issues

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Memory Issues At Home

This world can be tough to navigate for someone with memory issues. When friends and family don’t understand what’s going on, it can cause devistating relationship issues. ake the mistake of forgeting a child’s ballgame or recital? The child might get upset and think you didn’t care enough to go. The other parent may also get upset and think you’re being neglectful or selfish. When this happens, not only are you, the one with the condition, dealing with your own guilt over missing something important to your child, but now you’re having to deal with your family’s disappointment and accusations as well. Forget a birthday or anniversary? Forget something your spouse told you yesterday? If he or she reacts to this in anger and frustration, possibly making accusations, your self-esteem can plummet.

Memory Issues At Work

Work performance can suffer too when someone is experiencing memory issues. The person might make mistakes on the job which can lead to them getting fired. Though you are not required by law to disclose any diagnosis to your employer, some openness and honesty about your situation goes a long way. If your coworkers know what’s going on with you, they can might be willing to help pick up the slack. Your Human Resources department should also be made aware of any condition that may interfere with your performance at work. If they are aware that something is going on, it is possible you could be transferred to a position that is easier to handle, be given a lighter workload or have your hours reduced. Your job can work with you to an extent as long as they’re aware of what’s going on, although it’s not reasonable to expect them to always cover for you or excuse your mistakes. If you have an intermittent illness that affects your memory or performance, you can utilize FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) in some cases to take time off until your normal functioning returns. Plan ahead for if/when the time comes that you can no longer function at work and need to look into applying for disability.

Memory Problem With Doctors

Forgetting a doctor’s appointment can unfortunately get you written down as a “no show” and there may be a charge for not giving them 24 hours’ notice. You can reschedule, but it may be weeks before your next appointment rolls around. That’s a long time to wait when you’re having issues affecting your daily life that need to be seen to. Even worse with your much needed overpaid specialists – it can often be months before you can get in to see them. If you miss too many appointments, they can even “fire” you as a patient for noncompliance. They you may be labeled as noncompliant for other reasons as well, such as forgetting to take your medication as prescribed. Maybe you accidentally take it too often because you forgot you already took it earlier. Maybe you forget to take it at all because you can’t remember if you already did or not. Maybe you forget to refill your prescriptions on time so you’re not able to take them for a few days until you can get to the pharmacy. When you give vague answers to your medical providers, it raises a red flag in their mind that something is off. You could find yourself mistakenly labeled as noncompliant, attention-seeking, drug-seeking, etc. It is extremely important for you to be as open and honest with your doctor as you can about your memory issues. You want them on your side, not working against you because of a misinterpretation of your actions.  I personally reley on my pill cases to keep track of whether or not I have taken my medicines.

Support Groups

Find a support group! There are others out there who are going through the same thing as you, or something similar. It helps to talk to people who understand what you’re going through. You may not get validation and support from those closest to you, but you can get it from people in similar situations. They may also have some tips and tricks for you that helped them deal with their symptoms.

 

 

It can sometimes be a sign of something else going on with your body. Memory loss doesn’t usually happen on its own, especially in younger people. Elderly dementia happens, of course, but most of the time there’s something else going on, the memory issues simply a symptom of a larger problem. There are many mental health and physical health issues that can lead to brain fog, memory loss and decrease in cognitive function, either permanently or intermittently. Getting officially diagnosed and receiving proper treatment can greatly improve all symptoms of your illness, not just the memory issues. Unfortunately, many individuals go for years without a diagnosis, so be your own advocate and don’t give up on getting to the bottom of your health issues. Enlist someone you trust who can help you remember your appointments, write down your symptoms and go to appointments with you. Forgetting to tell the doctor some of your symptoms makes it that much harder for him or her to come to a proper diagnosis.

Be prepared at all times. Wear a medical alert bracelet or carry a card in your purse or wallet. Keep a list of all medications and be sure that list is current. If you have intermittent memory loss, or intermittent difficulty with speech, this should be written down and kept in a place that emergency personnel can easily find. If you’re unable to tell them what your allergies are, what medications you’re on or what your medical diagnosis is, there is a risk of emergency personnel giving you something harmful. Therefore, it is important for them to be able to look at your bracelet or a card in your wallet to get this information in case you’re unable to tell them. Keep your emergency contacts listed and up to date as well.

Plan for long-term care before you need it. Don’t leave that decision up to your loved ones to make. Too many people wait until it’s too late to make any plans. Choose a person you trust to make decisions for you and designate them your Power of Attorney for when the time comes that you need someone else to be your decision-maker. Tell them while you still are of sound mind what your wishes are so they can carry them out on your behalf. Your family may not want to talk about things like this, so you may have to be the one to bring it up. Their emotional burden will be eased if they have your help making plans while you still are able.

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About: Writer Jeanette Hall

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In her manual wheelchair.  Uses the chair to conserve what little strength she has to use each day.  The wheelchair is due to a disease that runs in her mother’s side of the family.

Was Not Diagnosed

Until over a year after she married her husband.  After her diagnoses, the rest of her family was finally given the name for their problems.  The local doctors just kept telling them they were all nuts!

Now her mother, her mother’s sister, and her two female cousins (her aunt’s daughters) all have an explanation for why their bodies decide  not to function properly.

They now know why, but there still is NO known cure.  Their vision goes out, coordination tends to be nonexistent, and legs may stop working, that is just the tip of the iceberg with Multiple Sclerosis!

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15 Year Old Minnesota Boy Emancipated From Mother Due To Being Trans-gender

Is 15 Years Old Enough To Make Life Altering Decisions?

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The child is receiving food stamps, legal services, driver’s license (16 is the normal age to apply for licensing), medical and psychological assistance, as well as free housing from the state.  There are plenty of homeless adults that  live on the streets, why is the state so interested in changing this child’s life from male to female?  All against his mother’s wishes, I might add!

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Questions

How did this child come to realize he was not really a boy, but a girl in a boy’s body?  Just because he likes other males doesn’t make him trans-gender.  It may just be another gay boy.  Gay people are just like every other person.  They are just not very successful at having children resulting from their matings!  Adoption is always a way to share their lives with children down the road when they are a little older.

The boy’s mother has tried asking the child to come live back in her home, but the child has had his/her first taste of freedom.  So the state will continue to support this child’s life altering choices by paying for them!

Will the child end up graduating from high school while living alone?  Or will this end up being another human living on welfare for life?   The state should think twice before creating another non productive member of society!

Resulting In???

So what sort of future can this young human hope for?

  • Ostracization from others in society
  • Others following the person’s example (Is this something we should want?)
  • Diseases resulting in medical decisions made at age 15
  • Suicide

 

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Saving Money While Living With Multiple Sclerosis

Who Doesn’t Want To Save Money When Dealing With Medical Issues?

Handling Multiple Sclerosis

People who are suffering from any of the Multiple Sclerosis varieties (or know someone who does) have to let their feelings of daily confusion about what is happening to their lives get out or they may EXPLODE!!  Cleaning up after an explosion can be quite messy for the best of people who are in good health, so imagine doing it when you may not be able to stop shaking or even stand up while vomiting all over the place!  Not a pretty picture, is it?

Keep Hands On Wallet At All Times

Keeping a supply of generic Dramamine may help stop the spewing of your last meal on the floor (doctors will probably try to dispense the pricey name brand drugs), but try the generics if you are not allergic to any of the ingredients (money saving tips).  With all the medicines a person with MS has to swallow each day, try to keep the price of each pill that you wash down your gullet more cost effective.

You will be pleasantly surprised about the alternatives that exist to name brand solutions.  Just takes a little investigation time that will pay off with great dividends by saving a few pennies with each usage of the more reasonably priced product.  Even better solution may be to start shopping where you can purchase your pills and other life staples at a discount and/ or in bulk!

Make Pharmaceutical Friends

Let your local Pharmacist know that you read each prescription’s paperwork that is sent along with the medicine in great detail, by calling if you suspect there may be a negative reaction with other medicines in your normal daily routines.  You are not being annoying, you are just protecting both yourself and the pharmacologist in case of a chance of  interaction! A pharmacist in the family was the first person to stumble blindly into the fact I might have MS by me asking if he knew anything about a drug by the name of Avonex!

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Intentional Blogging: Lesson #4

Type

Topical

Pro’s- Endless supply of writing research available on the internet for free!

Con’s- Having to cut out way too many interesting topics due to personal time restraints.  Risking missing the one BIG break because of my inability to keep up fast enough.

  1. Multiple Sclerosis Clinically Isolated Syndrome
  2. Multiple Sclerosis Relapsing-Remitting Problems
  3. Multiple Sclerosis Primary Progressive Difficulties
  4. Multiple Sclerosis Chronic Progressive Challenges
  5. Multiple Sclerosis Secondary Progressive Horror Stories
  6. Fibromyalgia Added Headaches
  7. Diabetes Type 1: What Is Happening To My Body?
  8. Diabetes Type 2: Ups and Downs
  9. Parkinson’s Disease: One Shaky Episode After Another
  10. Depression Is Not Always Your Fault!
Personal

Pro’s- Face it, it is my life after all!

Con’s- Do I really want to blog about all my stupid choices in life?  Doubt my friends would want to be dragged into this hideous display of our lives!

  1. My Diagnosis’s Story
  2. Growing Up In The Middle Of Nowhere U.S.A.
  3. Being Classified As Gifted In Third Grade
  4. Molested And Raped By Man Who Should Have Been My Protector
  5. The Only Instrument Tried To Play But Couldn’t
  6. Boy Asked To Junior Prom In High School
  7. Tripping Over My Own Two Feet
  8. Bailing Hay Was Extremely Profitable
  9. Milking Cows For A Living
  10. Motorcycles- History With Them

Decision

Will be mostly a topical blog site with personal stories included inside with the diseases that have made an influence on my life (both good and bad)!

Intentional Blogging: Lesson #3

Voice

3 Adjectives

Intelligent, helpful, and loyal are the best three self descriptive words that pop into my mind.  This is really how my communications with other people come out!  My ideal reader is looking for answers or just help in general.  She is also cursed by a chronic disease of some sort.

Use her as avatar.  Her name is “Ruth”.  Ruth is in her mid thirties and is retired on social security disability from her office job in the cities.

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Ideal Reader

My ideal reader is similar to my avatar except possible age differences.  He might be a care partner of an ill person or just know someone not in their best health.  They might just want to learn more for pure curiosity’s sake.

Sources Of Information

Get up-to date information from WebMD.  There I can research whatever disease or symptoms I might be investigating.

Visit the National Multiple Sclerosis‘s society’s web pages frequently.  Also visit the Mayo Clinic’s information on Fibromyalgia, since too many of my friends suffer from it.

 

Influences

Older movies I consider “classics”.  You know the 1984 movie “Footloose“.  The original 1984 Ghostbusters.

Music influences as a kid was strictly old country music you remember Patsy Cline and 50’s and 60’s rock.  My husband and I still listen to the classic rock songs from back then today!

Other people agree that this is actually how I sound in real life.  Am this clumsy every day in both my speaking and actual movements.  Continue to be the only person confined to a wheelchair that can still trip over their own feet!

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