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Tired vs Fibro Fatigue

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How to Talk to People with Chronic Illnesses

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by Richard Mansel

People don’t know how to handle things that are different from their own life experiences. They may treat such things with dismissal or derision. However, neither are healthy alternatives when dealing with the human heart.

People with chronic illnesses battle obstacles on a daily basis. Obviously, their health captivates much of their attention and energy. They simply want to be normal. Yet, they usually find themselves alone in a crowded room.

However, a healthy person may see such constant focus as unseemly. The more sympathetic may be embarrassed or uncomfortable. They don’t know what to say or do, and they just wish the situation would go away.

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Strategy for Coping with Stress

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by Richard Mansel

Worry can take our life away from us. It steals tomorrow before it ever arrives. Fibromyalgia feeds off of stress, and while there isn’t a cure for Fibro, there are strategies available to fight this dreaded illness.

Each of us must develop our own coping techniques. When Fibromyalgia came into my life in May 2010, I suddenly lost the ability to walk, some of the motor skills and strength in my hands and arms, and was left with a great deal of pain and fatigue. Read more…

Overcoming Disabilities

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by Richard Mansel

May 10, 2010 was one of the scariest days of my life. I was in the office writing. I stood up to go somewhere and realized I couldn’t walk. I stumbled home to lie on the bed, scared and hurting. Soon it spread to my arms and hands.

Several doctor’s appointments and tests followed. I eventually went to the Mayo Clinic and spent five weeks at a Pain Rehabilitation Center. I was eventually diagnosed with  Fibromyalgia.

At the Pain Rehabilitation Center, I learned to walk again and use my arms and hands better. I still have pain, serious fatigue and problems walking and using my arms and hands.

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Fibromyalgia: Will We Fight?

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by Richard Mansel

Fibromyalgia is a terrible illness, and there isn’t a cure. It isn’t going away. It suddenly appeared but it isn’t likely to vanish overnight. It’s a dark and evil thing but it’s here and must be faced. Ignoring it won’t help.

If we can’t get rid of it, we have to decide how we will react to it. Failing to make a proactive decision is concession and defeat. Action must be taken on a conscious level. We fight for victory or we surrender with timidity. Read more…

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