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Elizabeth Christy has fibromyalgia, and over the years she has had a difficult time balancing motherhood, work and her chronic illness. What Christy found even more frustrating, however, was the lack of resources for kids and parents looking for a way to communicate about fibromyalgia and other chronic illnesses. Her solution? Write a book and create a community that tackled all of these issues.

Christy told The Mighty that she initially wrote her book, Why Does Mommy Hurt?, just for children, but once she started getting feedback from other parents, she wanted to offer them her support as well, so she started the Facebook community group, Parents With Pain.

Christy told The Mighty that the stories in her book are based off of her interactions with my son Jimmy, who was 3 years old at the time. “I don’t expect the book to truly make him understand what its like to have chronic pain, but I hope it opens the door for us, and families like us, to have true, open and understanding communication about chronic pain and illness, and the emotions that go with it, on both sides,” Christy told The Mighty.


Fibromyalgia, a chronic illness with three main symptoms — widespread pain, chronic fatigue and cognitive trouble. Fibromyalgia is a complicated illness that’s not well understood. In the past, it was mischaracterized as a mental health disorder. Even today, some doctors wave off fibro symptoms as being “all in your head.” This isn’t the case. Read The Mighty’s comprehensive guide to fibromyalgia here. Click here to join our fibro community and connect with people who get it.

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