As someone who recently moved to a new town and is trying to make new friends, it's not always easy to know when, if, or how to tell people I have Fibromyalgia. Should I be upfront about it? Should I only say something if it comes up? Do I just keep it to myself? There isn't really a handbook for this sort of thing, and it's not always easy to know which direction to go- so what do you do? Tell people the truth and hope they understand, or cover up your symptoms with niceties and excuses?
This has been a crazy week! Work has been gearing up for a big event, and of course there was the inevitable fire drill to make sure things went well. I've also been busy in the social aspect of my life as well. I got cast in a play and have been prioritizing meeting up with people and making new friends- and it has taken it's toll. As someone with Fibromyalgia I only have so many spoons to go around, and it's not always easy to live life with limited spoons.
Have you done a mental health check-in lately? In light of the news of Kate Spade’s, and now Anthony Bourdain’s suicides this week, I’d like to encourage you to check in with yourself. How are you doing? Do you need a self-care day? Someone to talk to? Help? A change?
People with chronic illness tend to struggle with depression and other mental health issues more than those who don't have health issues, and I'd like to encourage you to check-in with yourself today. There is a stigma surrounding mental health, but as this is something that affects our community I'd like to share my story with you in an effort to help normalize conversations around mental health.
This week I was lucky enough to celebrate another birthday, and every year on my birthday I like to have an adventure day to celebrate the fact that I'm not dead yet, and there is still lots of life out there to live and experiences to enjoy. It's a day that I take for myself to celebrate having made it this far as well as to celebrate the possibilities that the future holds.
As I'm sure you can tell from my dedication to an annual adventure day, I'm a person who likes to explore and see new things and have adventures, but my body, especially as time goes on, is making the ability to do those things more and more elusive. Living with a chronic illness like Fibromyalgia means adjusting to the changes that inevitably come with it, and for me, my love of adventure is one of those things that has needed some adjustment. For me, having Fibromyalgia (along with a few other health concerns) means I don't have as many adventures or experiences as I used to, or as many as I would like, but one thing it doesn't mean is that those experiences can't be had- it just means that they need more planning than they used to.