There is an illness, it is both invisible and silent. It's onset comes without any warning, and there is no cure. It leaves the afflicted with chronic pain, cognitive impairment, chemical sensitivities, severe muscle aches and cramps, among many other symptoms. From the outside looking in, one cannot tell that a person is affected by anything at all, we look as normal as any other person.
So, what is this illness called?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness that causes constant pain throughout the muscles and the soft tissues of the body, leaving the person living with it fatigued and in pain. A common way of describing it to others is comparing it to a widespread bod-wide flu, but one that never goes away and always stays with you.
Fibromyalgia has stolen away whole lives, relationships, jobs, families, dreams, hopes and goals. While the illness itself may be invisible, those who live with this reality day in and day out, are not. We are your friends, neighbors, moms, dads, teachers, coaches, sisters, brothers, and so much more!
A Fibromyalgia patient has to learn how to live their lives all over again. We can still do the things we want, but we have to plan them and trade off. We may have to trade one day of doing something we want for 3 days of being bed-bound.
A cure for this illness has yet to be discovered, although there are a number of treatments that seem promising. Every person is different, and what works for some, may not work for others. We are constantly searching for ways that we can relieve the pain. Sometimes, the pain is so severe, that we are confined to our beds for days at a time.
Chances are, someone you know has this condition. Fibromyalgia affects 2-5% of the population, that math works out to about 5 million people in the United States alone. It knows no boundaries and affects men, women and children alike.
May 12th is Fibromyalgia awareness day. Many today aren't even aware that this condition even exists. We're asking you to educate yourselves on this condition, learn about it, and spread the word. Tell others about it, and ask them to spread the word, too. If you know someone with Fibromyalgia, offer them a kind word, let them know that you understand. To someone living with a chronic illness, this means the world.
Show you care, please share, and make others aware!
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