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Real People, Real Stories: Fibromyalgia E-Book

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Whether you (or someone you love) have just received a fibromyalgia diagnosis, have been a part of the fibromyalgia community for a while, or simply want to learn more about fibromyalgia, this book of stories is for you.

This book is comprised of stories written and shared by people with fibromyalgia. You’ll read an honest, heartfelt letter to anyone grieving the loss of who they were before fibromyalgia, from someone who’s been there. You’ll learn about the way words like “fog” and phrases like “making it through the day” can change after a diagnosis. You’ll follow the journey of a woman with fibromyalgia purchasing a walking stick for the first time at age 22. You’ll find these stories and more in the following pages.

All of these stories have appeared on The Mighty, a site where people share their personal experiences with disability, disease and mental illness. Visit our submissions page to learn about sharing a story with us — we’d love to read yours. Click below to download our free e-book.


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The book contains the following stories:

A Letter From Your Friend With Fibromyalgia by Lizz Schumer

To Anyone Grieving the Loss of Who They Were Before Fibromyalgia by Jennifer Yant

10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Diagnosed With Fibromyalgia as a Teen by Autumn Burns

What a Typical Morning With a Fibromyalgia Flare-Up Is Like by Kirri Liepins

5 Ways ‘Fibro Fog’ Affects Me by Pamula Floyd

When I Realized I Needed a Walking Stick at Age 22 by Jodie Wigg

How Honest Should We Be With Our Loved Ones About Our Pain? by Tamiko Arbuckle

16 Things to Stop Doing If You Have Fibromyalgia by Julie Ryan

Why I’m Doing Away With To-Do Lists As Someone With Health Challenges by Jacqueline Weir O’Brien

5 Daily Reminders for FInding Happiness With Chronic Illness by Kittie Rayborn

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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.

Originally published: October 11, 2016
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