Hello 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.
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.
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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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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.