PhotoGrid_1453879893082Hello and welcome!

I have been on a long journey to get here. The first signs of chronic pain began at just 14 years old. Over ten years of increasing pain, I was dismissed by specialists and doctors, until I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. It took the entirety of my twenties to figure out that I had to do the work to be as well as I could be with this illness.

After a dramatic lifestyle change where I moved from Wellington to Auckland, New Zealand – a warmer city and reduced my work hours and cut the two hour bus commute, my life began to change for the better.

After several years of intensive researching and personal experimentation, I have gathered together multiple strands for weaving the best life I can despite the limits of this illness. Through this time, I have shared the journey here on this blog.

I spent a long time thinking over the name of this blog. I don’t claim ownership over the Fibromyalgia. It is not mine. I will never say “my” before Fibromyalgia. However, when you name a blog, people need to know what it is about in order to find it.

So here it is, Melissa vs Fibromyalgia. This encapsulates my mission perfectly – to live, love and be well. I am fighting Fibromyalgia. Not just for myself, but for my two beautiful, busy boys and the love of my life (Husband).

This site is the compilation of my learning from my own journey and from my research.

Pregnancy and Fibro

My first book is available on Amazon now

Melissa vs Fibromyalgia book cover

My second book is available on Amazon

Here’s my What I Offer Page

Here’s where I shared my pregnancy diaries from my second pregnancy in 2016 (a vastly better experience than the first, with the help of my research and experience!)

Here’s where I write about What it’s Really Like to Live With Fibromyalgia

Here’s a recent post of what other bloggers and I have found to help with fighting Fibromyalgia: What Works: A Roundup

Welcome to the continuation of my journey.

Sign up to my newsletter here.

Follow me on Facebook here.

Where Else do I Write?

The Mighty – here I have written several articles about pregnancy and Fibromyalgia.

I write about what I am reading (I am an avid reader) on The Fancy Nerds with my brother.

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I will only provide links to things I support myself.


PS: I am obviously not a health professional, I only know what works for me. I share my journey so that people would know the things they can try, in discussion with their medical team. We are a long way from the world in which I received my diagnosis, it was a hostile world where no one I knew believed in fibro/CFS and there was little information.

All content on this site is mine, unless cited otherwise. Copyright © 2018 by Melissa Reynolds. All Rights Reserved.

5 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Melissa! I just saw that you are following my ‘lovingmylumbar’ blog – thank you! This was a blog I started while I was going through my yoga teacher training (finishing up in time before my bub came into the world 2 years ago!). Since you signed up to this blog, I thought you might be interested in my my most recent blog https://nikkiveliz.wordpress.com/. I’m keeping my lovingmylumbar as a reminder to myself about my time going through an amazing part of my life 🙂

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    • Thanks Nikki! All signed up to the new one. I love that you are a yoga/meditation teacher and you aren’t extraordinarily bendy (lovely way to put it lol) as I would like to train as a yoga teacher one day! 🙂


      • Hi Melissa – are you in NZ? I think I remember reading that you were….Juliet Forch (NZ yoga teacher) is the reason I started yoga teacher training! She said we needed more inflexible teachers so if and when you would like to train, go check her out 🙂

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