• Fibromyalgia,  Health,  Reviews

    Secrets to Keeping a Full-Time Job with Chronic Pain

    Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor do I claim that if you follow all of these techniques and tips you will be able to keep a full-time job with chronic pain because chronic pain is different for each person. I just hope to share some of the things that have helped me in order to hopefully help you. Also, I am getting no money from this. They are all suggestions from the bottom of the heart. So, if I sound like I am trying to sell something, it is just because I believe in it so much. A few years ago, my advisor for student teaching asked me whether…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Health

    How to Fight Depression

    You may be expecting to read easy platitudes like: be more thankful, focus on others, and something the equivalent of – you’re not really depressed, you just need more sleep. Although there is some truth to these things, as someone who has struggled with the depression entangled with chronic illness, part of me stops listening when I hear these solutions. I have trudged through depression and want to give you some real tips to work through it that don’t require you to be superhuman, because, I hate to break it to you, you’re not.   Treat Yourself I thought of naming this post “How Getting a Manicure Changed My Life: And…

  • Devotions,  Fibromyalgia,  Health

    How to Keep Faith Through Suffering

    I recently came back from The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference 2018, an encouraging time with 8,000 other Christian women that challenged and grew me. “Listening In” Session: Wrestling with Chronic Illness was like a drink of cool water in the desert of my fibromyalgia. Their stories and words of wisdom not only apply to those with chronic illness but all those who are wrestling with suffering of any kind. The session was in the question and answer format with Elicia Horton (MS), Kori Porter (Endometriosis), and Vaneetha Rendall Risner (Polio). At the beginning, each woman shared a little of their story. Some of my favorite quotes from their testimonies are:…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Health,  Marriage

    What to Do With Chronic Illness Guilt

    Thank you to The Mighty for publishing this post! My husband opens the door for me, and I slip into the front seat. Suddenly, I feel the familiar shooting pain. Immediately my mind goes through a checklist:   Did I have sugar? Well, I mean, not directly. Just a little, maybe 3 pieces of dark chocolate. It was dark chocolate though! That stuff is supposed to be good for you, right?   Did I have dairy? No, I didn’t! I said no to the pleasant smell and warmth of pizza, free pizza, today! I should get a medal!   Did I sleep well last night? No. No I did not.…

  • Fibromyalgia

    Are You Okay?

    Thank you to The Mighty for publishing this post! Check out their amazing online magazine by clicking the link!   My hand’s shaking. No, not now. I can’t. “Mrs. Auwarter, did you hear me?” “No, I’m sorry, honey, please tell me again.” Stomach clenching. Did I eat this morning? Yes, crackers, scissors cutting at my stomach lining. “So, can you help me?” “Wait, sorry, could you tell me just one more time?” Her eyes roll, and I concentrate on my student’s face. I will understand this time. “Is this sentence, right?” I look down. English? Oh, good, I understand that. It’s fuzzy though. The words aren’t naturally fuzzy. I feel…

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