Hi, my name is Hannah. I have Fibromyalgia.
My days were filled with constant pain, muscle weakness, muscle spasms, brain fog, fatigue, panic attacks, anxiety, and more. It didn't matter how many hours I slept, I never felt rested. I had nights of insomnia that I was lucky if I got a couple of hours of sleep. It was worse than having the flu 24/7. Some days I could push through but some days it took all I had just to get out of bed and take a shower. No one around me understood. Many people thought, "it was all in my head", or that I was exaggerating.
It was affecting my ability to work. I was someone who could always multitask, remember a ton of info at once, work long hours, focus, and even do physically straining work. When I began losing that ability it began to affect me mentally. I became depressed. All of this gradually got worse. It started when I was 23 and I didn't get diagnosed until I was 25. It continued to get worse and worse. Yet, it seemed that no one around me understood. Those closest to me sometimes would get upset because to them I was "making excuses" or just "being lazy". Would anyone ever understand?
I tried various medications and discovered that I am not able to take any medications because of a high sensitivity to side effects. If it has side effects I would get them, including the "rare" ones. I can't even take a regular pain reliever such as Tylenol! Forget about, narcotic pain meds. They make me feel like I am gonna pass out! So, this left me with just "dealing with it".
At the age of 30, I was able to move to Florida from Indiana. This resulted in being a HUGE help. Eliminating the cold weather made such a big difference. It didn't take it away but it certainly made my flare-ups occur less often. I still had really bad days. I still had daily pain from head to toe. It at least I saw some relief!
After moving to Florida, my family and I opened a printing a graphic design business. Finally, I can work for myself and not get fired because of the issues Fibromyalgia gives me! Well, if you don't know this already, stress causes Fibromyalgia flare-up and being a business owner is stressful. Let me just say this, I had really bad days and a lot of "sleepless" nights. A little over 3 years ago someone introduced me to some plant-based supplements that are known to help those with health concerns, including Fibromyalgia. At first, I was skeptical, but I decided with the way I felt, I had nothing to lose. I did a little research on the ingredients and it seemed promising. I placed the order and hoped for the best.
I received the product and within a week I started to notice a difference. I had more energy, less pain, and I was sleeping better. It only continued to get better. I still had issues. Then after looking into a couple of the other products they offered, I decided to add them to my regime. Within a couple of months, I was practically symptom-free! This amazed me! Shortly after that, I decided since the products worked so well for me that I would help spread the word so I became a distributor for the products. 2 years later in 2017, I had to close my printing business. It was very hard for me to do. I had worked my behind off for 6 years. It was my baby and I had to let it go. At first, I felt like a failure then after much prayer I realized that God had a bigger and better plan. After more prayer, I also decided to strictly work from home doing the things I love the most. Being involved with the company that changed my physical health has been such a huge blessing. I am my own "boss" and get pursue my passions and dreams. Most importantly, it has allowed me to serve and help others which is one of my biggest passions of all!
Do I still have Fibromyalgia? Absolutely. As a matter of fact, as I sit here typing this, I am having a “bad” day. I am having a flare-up, but what I want you to know is that it is a rare occurrence and it does not last for months or even weeks. It might be one or two days at the most. Not to mention, there is a full moon tomorrow night. My body is super sensitive to that or even weather changes. The supplements that I use have made it easier for me to get through those moments. Following the eating plan that I recently started following also helps. It happens to have a side-effect of weight loss which is an added bonus. I am able to enjoy life in ways that I was not able to before. Previously, I was just trying to get through the day.
If you are wondering why I am sharing this with you, let me explain. You can take from this what you will but what I want you to know is that I understand what you are dealing with. I have experienced nearly every symptom that Fibromyalgia throws at you. Each of experience it differently but we can all relate. I also want you to know that there is something out there that will help. You just have to keep trying. Most of all, don’t give up on yourself. Don’t think that you are not worth fighting for. I never thought this way before but, mindset plays a big role in the ability to overcome anything. Every negative thought just makes it worse. Start replacing your negative thoughts with a positive one. I know this may seem impossible and it may even take some effort to do but, it make's a difference. Smile as much as you can. Do what makes you happy and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t! I know that you are tired of fighting against something that seems to have no end in sight. You may never get rid of it but you can certainly learn to live life with it. I did and if I did, anyone can.