Suffering from fibromyalgia can be an isolating experience but, if you do suffer from the illness, it’s important to remember that you are in very good company. The internet is full of helpful websites (including those of national organizations) that can act as a great resource when seeking advice, support, and general information:
Another great resource made freely available on the internet are the hundreds of blogs created by fellow fibromyalgia patients. Over the past few years, blogging has become an increasingly popular means for individuals to share their advice and experiences with a wide audience. We have listed five great blogs that focus on different aspects of fibromyalgia, to give you a taster:
We love the sentiment behind this wonderful blog by seasoned writer Kimberly Linstruth-Beckom. Diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2005, Kimberly has been determined not to let it get the better of her and her general fabulousness – and she wants you to feel the same! Describing both her highs and lows: this blog balances an open and honest style of writing, with an upbeat outlook.
Fibro sufferer Tamiko Arbuckle speaks candidly about her experiences with her fibromyalgia condition, including moments of associated depression, stating:
“I created this blog to share my experience with fibromyalgia, depression, and various other fun things I have been diagnosed with over the years… my ups, my downs, my doctor visits, what I learn, and what I recommend.”
Described by blogger Dawn as her: “ journey through Fibromyalgia, Adrenal fatigue, TMJ, CFS, Hyperacusis, Misophonia, Hypothyroid, Pulsatile Tinnitus, and all the joys that come along with it..”.
This informative blog covers a range of topics relating to fibromyalgia, from personal reflections, and quirky exercise ideas to creative inspiration. Well worth checking out.
“Do you find yourself exhausted? Are you sometimes so tired you can’t even look at a problem, let alone do anything about it? Do you take your frustration out on the kids and end up shouting at them? Are you terrified of disappearing into the grey banality of suburban motherhood?”
If this sounds familiar, and you are a parent that suffers from fibromyalgia, then this is the blog for you! Covering a wide range of topics to help you to understand and better deal with the illness: blogger, Lisa Pearson, has also created a handy Pinterest board to compliment her writing.
If you are interested in reading a frank account of coping with fibromyalgia from the perspective of a fellow sufferer, then check out Jenny Ryan’s Cranky Fibro Girl blog:
“I believe that Cranky Fibro Girl showed up to remind me of the most powerful tool I have to deal with my illness: my voice. It’s composed of the ability to find the humor in any situation, a slightly offbeat view of the world, and a healthy dose of sarcasm topped off with just the right amount of edge. Or in other words, snark.”
Well-written, humorous, and refreshingly honest, this blog shares a delightful mixture of personal stories that are full of inspiration, regardless of the author’s highs and lows.
Once you have checked out the links above, there are plenty more to discover by googling “fibromyalgia + blogs”. Be sure to let us know if you stumble across a new favorite.
If you find this form of sharing helpful in dealing with your fibromyalgia condition, why not consider putting together a blog of your own? There are a number of free and user-friendly blogging platforms online that can enable you to share your own stories with the world. You have probably already heard of some of the more popular ones, such as WordPress, Blogger, and Tumblr, and there’s a review of a few more here. Blogging can be a great way to feel connected to a wider support network; as well as share your experiences, helpful advice/information, or just vent a few of your own concerns!
Fibro Women Blogs
Chronic Woman Blogs
Chronic Illness Blogs
Official Fibromyalgia Blogs