My profile photo is radiographic proof that my head is screwed on crooked.
I am a forty-something stay-at-home wife with no kids at home - unless you count my husband and my brother. My sister and our mother also live with us. Mother has severe Lewy-Body Dementia with Parkinson's, and probably a bit of Alzheimer's as well. Mindy is her primary caregiver.
I was formally diagnosed with FMS in June 2008, and confirmed June 2009. My pain and fatigue levels are generally tied to weather (storm and/or cold fronts) and also tied to external stressors. I was first diagnosed with migraines in early 1992, but had been experiencing them since high school. The most recent "formal" diagnosis was in 2010-ish I think. I have hereditary essential tremors - my paternal grandmother had them, my dad has them, my brother also - although to a lesser degree than the rest of us. I also have secondary Raynaud's phenomenon, probably attributed to some of my medications and various life stressors.
The first thing anyone needs to know about me is that I am a Christian. My faith defines who I am, by defining how I react to situations in my life and relate to those people around me. I don't see my fibromyalgia as an injustice being done to me, nor do I see it as punishment for some wrong I've done in the past. Rather, I see it as God allowing me to be tested so that I will learn my own strength, my own boundaries, and my own abilities.
I have three dogs and six cats. Of the dogs, the oldest is a 14 y/o female Dalmatian/Pointer mix and the youngest is a 5 y/o male Dalmatian, retired showdog. The "middle child" is an 8 y/o male chocolate Lab x Bloodhound, actually owned by a military family stationed overseas. Of the cats, one is mine and the other five actually belong to my sister. My cat, though, is mostly afraid of the others, so she stays in the master suite, separated from the rest of the crew.