Finding Joy in life with Fibro…

Hello Fibro Warriors, for the last year and a half I’ve been trying to cope and come to terms with this illness. I had to do some soul searching, reading every wellness material that I can get my hands on, to try to find peace within the pain and chaos & isolation of it all. Now because of multiple surgeries I have not been able to be active in almost 4 years.

My husband decided to bring me to the woods (he knows that’s my sanctuary) I walked a 1/4 mile my first try. Of course I was wiped out, but it made me want to try again, So this time we went to the park where one time around is 1/2 mi. I was able to walk around again! This started to give me more hope, to be able to do more things. So now, when I’m not fatigued I can take a 1/2 mile walk on my own! The serenity of the woods and nature brings me so much joy. I also do aquatic therapy which is helping my muscles tremendously.

I take my supplements, B-12 complex, Vitamin D, Magnesium and Fish Oil, CBD Oil. I find these very beneficial. I als stopped my pain meds I’ve been on since 2016, feeling clearer, quite a bit of “brain-fog” lifted from these simple things. Don’t get me wrong, I still get “brain fog” I actually burned a pan on the stove the other day…forgot I was cooking! No fire, but my house was all smoky LOL! That’s another thing, I have to just laugh at myself, even on the tough days, because in retrospect….anything we go through doesn’t last forever. The pain comes and goes, just like muscle spasms, forgetfulness, fatigue, mood swings, depression, anxiety…it comes and goes in waves. But if I remember to tell myself that it truly is only temporary, I can get my mind in the right positive mindset to keep pushing forward.

Finding activities that can keep us distracted is a great way to push forward. I haven’t been able to garden in years and my husband and I Just planted a bunch of herbs & veggies. That was a great feeling because there is something about getting your hands in the dirt and creating something that is so fullfilling. I’m also reading & writing again which I love, but have been unable due to “brain-fog”. Thank goodness I’m having some clarity today! I haven’t felt like myself in months. It’s time for a new chapter, to accept the things I cannot change and the courage to know the difference!!!!

Wishing you gentle hugs and a pain-free day!

~Raquel xo

Raquel Palen

Hi guys, my name is Raquel. I'm 42, married to a very loving and supportive husband with 2 beautiful children. I've been living with chronic pain for many years. I was finally diagnosed with Fibromyalgia by my rhuemetolgist February 2018. It has drastically changed and rearranged my life. I also have been living with bipolar, anxiety and depression for over 20 years. These blogs are my stories of survival and hope, and providing information that I've learned about living with invisible illnesses along the way.
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