51 years young (most days) and planning to stay that way. Diagnosed with FMS in 2002. It's been an interesting 10 years, but I'm managing my fibro through diet, good rest, movement, meditation, positive attitude and self knowledge. Most days are pretty damn good!
You may see me end posts with "Please be good to yourself today". This quote is in memory of my soulmale and late husband, Jerry. Sometimes we need permission to be good to ourselves until we learn how to give it to ourself. He gave that to me before I could. So now I say to you:
"Please be good to yourself today!"
Diagnosed in 2002 after 2 years of a steady decline in wellness and increase in pain and myriad tests for other things. By then I was in a wheelchair if I had to stand or walk for more than 10 minutes. I continued in that state- sometimes worse, sometimes better until 2005. During the time between 2000 and 2005 I gained about 50 lbs. I read, researched, and read some more. I began slowly to pay attention to my body, change my diet, monitor my behaviors. Dr. Lee's "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause", and Dr. R. Paul St. Amand and Michael L. Printz's "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia" were the beginnings of understanding my body in a much deeper way. Connections with the food allergies, the weight and "thyroid issues", the candida (yeast) of my younger days, the on and off depression...
I don't use a wheelchair anymore, and haven't since 2006 or so. I used a walker with a seat until 2 years ago if I knew I would have to stand for over half an hour, (although sometimes I end up rueing my positive thinking when I don't take it along just in case. I DO take it to DMV to this day!!)
I lost 60 lbs between April of 2008 and June of 2009 and I maintain that loss and my good health and management of FMS symptoms with a low carb lifestyle. I still don't do "exercise" per se, but I MOVE! Every day. I dance a bit most mornings, after a hot bath and an hour or so of careful movement and coffee to limber up. I pay attention to how much I'm sitting, standing or walking and vary those activities every half hour or so (or I pay for it!). I love my garden, both working in it and eating my good, organic, goodies!