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Hitting a wall.

How many of you have had to quit school due to chronic health problems?

WARNING ⚠️ the rest of this post is lengthy!!!

I have been working on my bachelors in community health through online courses (one class at a time) for the past seven years. A few months prior to beginning my degree program I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia following a car wreck that required a neck fusion surgery. From there my chronic illness diagnoses have continued to accumulate. I now have chronic migraine, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, chronic fatigue, degenerative disc disease, tinnitus, IBS, C-PTSD, and a long list of food and environmental allergies. I have 2 sons and 2 daughters. My youngest son (15yr) has serious ADHD. Both of my daughters (21yr & 20yr) have long lists of chronic health conditions. They live with me and probably will for their whole lives due to the impact of the disability that their issues cause. Neither girl can drive either. The oldest has Asperger’s, fibromyalgia, Ehlers Danlos, ADHD, C-PTSD, severe anxiety, depression, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, IBS, mild Ulcerative Colitis, numerous food allergies and possible Borderline Personality Disorder. The youngest has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Dysautonomia, C-PTSD, depression, anxiety, disordered eating, restless legs, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, constant skin picking, and numerous food allergies. All three of us girls and my youngest boy has severe sleeping problems. Me and both my girls have applied for and been turned down for disability. Up until 2022 I had been a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. At the beginning of 2022 me and my 2 girls and youngest son ( oldest son is in college and pretty much living on his own) loaded up and left my narcissistic abusive husband of 16 yrs. and began to start over in a tiny apartment in a small town with me re-entering the work force and starting a full time job in retail and officially divorcing him at the end of that year. My youngest daughter has since tried to commit suicide twice and my oldest has had several mental breaks that were extremely hard to deal with. Throughout the whole time I have continued with my school classes. Determined to finish what I started. However, my health has continued to decline from all my illnesses and the stress of my life and it is taking a toll on my cognitive abilities. I took a 8 month break from my classes but have started back recently and I’m struggling to keep up with the assignments and not learning as I know I should be. I only have 6 classes left, that will take me the next year to complete due to the schedule I’m following, but my body, mind and finances seem to be making it extremely hard for me to keep going. I’m really considering quitting, but feel like I would be a real failure if I didn’t finish it.
If you read all this……Thank you! 🙂 #ChronicFatigue
# Migraine
#c -PTSD

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Introducing myself #fibromyalgiawarrior #Grief #Diabetes

Happy Earth Day everyone. I have been here just a few weeks now. My name is Dany (she/her/they), 58, married lesbian. I have insulin dependent type 2 diabetes (although in todays new understanding, I should have been type 1.5). Diabetes affects everything and is affected by everything, hmm sounds familiar since Fibromyalgia is the same. So I have lots of fun with that. So, I was 24-26 when I got the diagnosis for Diabetes. I only got the fibromyalgia diagnosis in January 2020, after having knee replacement surgery in January 2018. I had no idea that I had Fibromyalgia until the surgery turned it up full blast! Both my full blood sisters have it. But it wasn’t something we spoke about. I’m the oldest and went to live with dad, they stayed with mom. It was only in adulthood that I got to know them. And we lost one in 2009.

I would like to talk about Fibromyalgia and grief. 2020 was a bad yr for most of us, but I lost my dad, my best friend, the son I helped raise (previous relationship), then my mom in 2022. Plus I move 500 miles last June. I’m from Central Virginia and now I live 11 miles from Lake Ontario. Grief itself is a flair trigger and grief comes in waves, unexpected. Tracking my flairs becomes hard because it’s not always a traditional trigger. My blood sugar affects and it is affected by my pain. I have now tinnitus, which I have been able to correlate with my pain levels, the higher and intensity of my ear ringing, the higher my pain levels are.

So that’s a lot to unpack 😁
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I’m new here!

Hi, my name is Liiliibee. I'm undiagnosed and think I have meninges disease. Currently have vertigo, tinnitus and loss of hearing in my left ear. exhausted and feel sick all the time.


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Allow Yourself The Courtesy Of A New Perspective

It's often easier to be kind to others than to ourselves. I've had to work hard at retraining my thought processes to accept myself as a work-in-progress. I think in visuals. One which has really helped me is to see it as rewiring the circuitry in my brain in order to recognize myself in a new light.

#MightyTogether #MightyPets #MentalHealth #Trauma #Anxiety #Depression
#intimatepartnerviolence #ADHD #Tinnitus

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How much is to much?

I will be married for 10 years with him for 14. When you first get together with someone you get to know each other. Can’t seem to get enough of each other. Most couples get into a routine and go about your business. My husband is different in a way I feel he thinks he is entitled to once a week. I just don’t have it in me anymore. I don’t get anything out of it anymore. I have so much going on in my body and I just don’t want touched anymore. I’m being so selfish. It’s killing me because I was a very touchy feeling person. I have pain everywhere.

I am trying to redo our bathroom. Paint, new fixtures and knobs. Trying to get stuff done before my knee replacement surgery. The last time I painted a room I could bend and get into the tight spots. No help needed. Well I got a real wake up call. I couldn’t do it. Then I get frustrated and just pissed off. I’ve been working on this all week. So I’m upset with myself and I get it’s been over a week. I just lost it!! I screamed at him I can’t do this and you when I’m not getting nothing out of it. I’m not the same woman I was and I keep telling you that but you keep thinking I am! He left and went to the store. I balled my eyes out went upstairs and painted trim. #Migraine #Hypothyroidism #RLS #Osteoarthritis #Hypertension #spinalcorddisease #Depression #PTSD #Syrinx #Tinnitus

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