Joy in the Suffering–Living with Fibromyalgia

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Chronic Pain is a growing condition affecting over 100 million Americans in the world today–mainly women. Fibromyalgia has long been a misunderstood chronic pain condition. Thankfully though it is finally getting the national attention it deserves. However, the every day person still does not know much about this condition and how it affects their friends or family members. Many people look at a sufferer of Fibro and think, “Well they look healthy. What’s the problem?” The misunderstanding of this condition and the fact that there is no cure causes so much added stress to the pain. On top of this there are missed work days due to a flare and some people end up having to go on disability because they simply can’t work anymore. The judgment from others, flares, pain, stress, missed work, unpaid bills, and more can lead a sufferer to depression. This unfortunately happens a lot. But be aware my dear friends..you are not alone!

Others just like you have prayed for this “thorn in your side” to be healed and have not seen the result yet. Maybe your healing is not ready to manifest yet with God’s timing. And maybe God intends to let this thorn in your side remain.

Rest assured that God has seen all of your days and has not forgotten you. He has not forgotten every restless night, every long and painful day, and every tear shed.

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God has a purpose for what you are going through even though the way seems dark and the end of the tunnel looks far away.

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What if you were to see Jesus today and He told you your future? What if He told you that your pain and suffering would lead to great things for yourself and others? I promise you that He has a plan for you and for what you are going through! I think if we all knew exactly God’s plan that we would embrace what we are suffering with great joy instead of complaining to everyone we met. If we knew the reason our minds would be blown away! Yes, you don’t know the purpose yet. You may not ever know until you get to Heaven. But live each day with the excitement and honor that God has placed this upon you for a reason. Maybe it’s to be healed in front of others for them to believe in Jesus. Maybe it’s so that others will gain strength in their own pain by seeing how strong God is in yours. When we are weak, He is strong!

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“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.”

1 Peter 5:12-13

 

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I now would like to share with you some websites where you can find a community of people that share in your struggle. You can find extra peace knowing you have friends out there that understand. There are also links where you can find out more about your condition. These links are for those that have Fibromyalgia. If you have another chronic illness, there are sites just like these for you too. Just search for them on Google but remain safe and careful with your personal information. These sites may also be helpful for friends, family, or co-workers that would like to understand your condition.:

My Fibro Team

National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association

National Fibromyalgia Association

Web MD’s Fibromyalgia Health Center

Fibro Center

Fibromyalgia Care Society of America

Fibro AWARE Magazine

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I too am a Fibro Warrior! I just had to share this picture (above) with you that I found on Pinterest. I honestly don’t remember what normal feels like. However I do have my good days. I get so happy when I have my good days that I end up doing too much and then have subsequent bad days as a result. We have to watch our “spoons”. Being a spoonie is hard when you work full time, are a wife and mother, and involved in your church. I have to remember to take time for myself and I suggest that you do the same. A good soaking bath helps and a professional massage is the best!  If you don’t know about the Spoon Theory, read the articles on this site:

Spoon Theory

Here are some bath oils and salts I recommend. Nothing like a good soak for those aches and pains! You can find these online or in the bath section at Walmart.

Village Naturals Therapy Aches +Pains Muscle Relief

Village Naturals Epsom Salts

Doctor Teals Epsom Salts

Dear friend, you are in my prayers. Here is a Prayer for Healing. I hope it gives you peace.

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Don’t forget that this Friday, May 12th, is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. Wear your purple and share on social media to support awareness by using hashtag #FibromyalgiaAwarenessDay. Hopefully one day a cure will be found soon! 🙂

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Here are some ideas you can do to spread awareness:

Fibromyalgia News Today

Together Walks

Honestly, I have not heard of the Together Walks until I was researching sites for this post, but they seem to be the big thing everyone is doing for awareness this year. It sounds awesome!

Sending gentle hugs to you all my friends! And remember—you are not alone!

God Bless,

Jessica

 

 

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