I was diagnosed with FM in Dec. of 2008. I am also an asthma patient, diagnosed in April 2001. I have been married 32 years to my high school sweetheart. We have had to learn how to deal with FM since it doesn't just effect me. He does have to put up with alot. We have two children, a daughter 29 having her first child, a boy, in just a couple of weeks now. Our son, 25 is Navy - Seabee, and has been deployed to Iraq and Afganastan. He came home from Afganastan with only PTSD which he is dealing with. He has two beautiful children, a girl 2 1/2 and a boy 16 months. I love them all.
I am 51 years old, was diagnosed when I was 48ish. I am 5'10" tall so that just give the FM more to love. My weight is 25 pounds north of where I would like to be, but I am told it's not that bad. I think they are being nice. I just say thanks and mentally roll my eyes.
I was diagnosed after I had been unsuccessfully treated for sinus infections. I had been having massive headaches that had both migraine and sinus identities which was making work hell on wheels. I stuck out work just as long as I possibly could. But mistakes were being made and I couldn't control the fibro fog or the rampaging pain any longer. So I quite work and eventually applied for and was denied disability. After 2 years I got it. So now I am a housewife or is homemaker the politically correct term? To help my anxiety and panic attacks and yes depression, I have gone back to my passion as an artist. I create jewelry and do a bit of painting. As long as I am creating something I am at peace. The pain doesn't go away but I put it on a shelf for just a little while. I am on more meds than ever in my life but I deal with it. I guess dealing with it is how I do anything unpleasent. I may not like it but facts are it's not going away and if the meds help even a little without making me glow at night then I'll do it. Like I said I just try to deal with it.