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Experiences, Fibromyalgia, PTSD, Trauma

Keep Your Head Up

I spent nearly three years with someone who took every chance to manipulate me. I was given lectures on pieces of my personality, and told to write lists of my wrongs -- Things like: "[He] says that I washed the dishes in the wrong order... *list correct order*", "[He, and his parents] say I need to speak more succinctly. Don't talk unless very meaningful". The lists infiltrated my personal writing, and over time, I began to hate writing anything. I felt so alone. I was told my friends were vapid and annoying -- I was isolated...

Experiences, Fibromyalgia

Allergies – Oh the Annoyance!

I have a lot of allergies - seriously a lot. I have what is called Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS), which is characterized by several foods in the same plant family, or with similar pollen, all causing allergic reactions upon consumption. My list of foods to steer clear of is a long one, and I had… Continue reading Allergies – Oh the Annoyance!

Experiences, Fibromyalgia, Trauma

Doctors and Diagnoses

As far back in my memory as I can recall, something always hurt. Whether I was home from school as a third grader with a crippling headache, or in high school with chronic knee pain. Whatever the pain, it was always there. People I knew would always roll their eyes when they heard me complain… Continue reading Doctors and Diagnoses