Fibro Wall

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**Just a little note of warning, if you do not suffer from Fibromyalgia or other chronic illness, you may not want to read any further… when I had these thoughts about the brick wall, I wanted to share them, just in case they could be of an encouragement to someone else who may suffer with debilitating fatigue and pain. Just to let them know, that they are NOT alone. I am an optimistic person, but sometimes in life, we have to look at the dark and scary parts, as well as the sunshine. They are what comprise a life both light and dark. So forgive me for posting a little more on the serious side today. I appreciate each and every one of my readers. Blessings…Val**

If you are here and you do suffer from a chronic, debilitating illness, I am so sorry for your sufferings. Please accept my gentle hugs of friendship. Also, please feel free to click on the Fibromyalgia page at the top of my home page, filled with links to articles that describe my own experiences and things that have been a help to me. I strive to make this a positive place to visit. I hope you are uplifted and encouraged. You are NOT alone!

Spring has sprung! It's blooming purple ribbons! May 12th ~ Fibromyalgia Awareness Day ~
I am sure most of us have heard the saying “I have hit a brick wall.” I can truly say that this applies to the past couple of weeks for me. Due to the unrelenting nature of my Fibromyalgia, I have been literally up against a brick wall. I love the photo above, because it really is a true picture of what I have been up against these past weeks. I wake up exhausted, go through the day exhausted and go to bed totally exhausted. The pain is just a whole other animal entirely. One that can ravage a life, if I am not careful.  I am an active person, but the old adage “expending energy…begets energy,” does not apply here. I try to eat as healthy as possible and exercise. I think that sometimes this ‘illness’ just digs in its claws and refuses to let go. Much to my dismay. 
I am a firm believer in… we are what we eat. If we eat junk, then we will feel like junk…truly! My thoughts yesterday, as I battled through yet another day of  “The Brick Wall,” were “Dear Lord, just see me through…just see me through.” I just kept repeating this to myself, over and over and over. I am happy to report that He did. I awoke this morning with a renewed sense of hope and well being. The pain although there (as it always is…) is more bearable. The exhaustion is not as overbearing as it was just a day ago. This is the mystery of Fibromyalgia. It has virtually no rhyme or reason. Here I go walking down this road we call life, minding my own business, enjoying the sunshine, enjoying my family, enjoying my day as best I can. Smiling…is always in season. =) Then out of nowhere…the fatigue looms…like a brick wall…a solid brick wall. It cannot be climbed, penetrated, avoided. You cannot go around it or under it. It is just there. In my way! I begin to move slower and slower and then eventually I KNOW beyond the shadow of a doubt that I MUST stop. I must rest. 

                                                      Copyright 2010 shaggycreations

Once in a while, after this period of resting, I can pick myself up again and continue with my day.  Unfortunately, on most days, especially of late, I find myself done for the day in a manner of speaking. I of course, do pick myself back up and struggle on, but it is as if a load of brick has been added to my shoulders. I have a young family, so I do not have the luxury of lying around and recuperating for days on end. I manage an hour here…an hour there, of rest and respite. It helps, but I am here to say it is no miracle cure.
There are days, (here lately most of them!) when I wake up in the  morning and that brick wall is the first thing that greets me. I turn in bed and feel that old, heavy feeling…those painful ankles, knees, hips, back, elbows, shoulders and neck. I hurt from head to toe. I think to myself…”HOW?” How am I going to make it through this day? How am I going to smile? How am I going to laugh, when I feel like crying, sometimes screaming inside? But I do…make it that is. I plaster on the smile, that is genuine, but not worthy of the way I feel. I want to be a happy wife, a happy Momma to my children. I strive to be just that. But it is hard. 
I wanted to share with you today a little health drink, that has been a huge help to me during my struggles with Fibromyalgia. It has that wonderful healer vinegar in it. Now, before you turn up your nose,it really does work! It helps…it puts a little reserve energy in my energy tank when I really need it (which is every day!) I am sure everyone can use an energy boost…Fibro or no Fibro. Energy is great for everybody. 
So without further rambling, below is the little concoction that I use to supplement my fading energy levels. 
                                                        
                                     Recipe courtesy of Bragg’s Vinegar! 
Bragg’s Energy Drink 

8 oz purified water
3 teaspoons of Bragg’s organic apple cider vinegar
4 drops of stevia or 1 teaspoon of organic honey

Mix all together and drink to your health! 

Now, I cannot brag enough about BRAGG’S products. They make the best salad dressing EVER! Bragg’s vinegar is organic and whole meaning it contains “THE MOTHER.” These are natural strand like enzymes of connected protein molecules. It has long been touted as a miracle food. **I am not a representative in any way of Bragg’s products. I just love them and they have been a huge help in my journey to better health.*** You can visit their very informative site here to learn more! 


                                           Copyright 2010 Shaggycreations

On a brighter note, I wanted to share with you a sweet collectible that my grandmother gave to me when I was a little girl…of oh about 8 or 9 years of age. I have a vast doll collection, all of which were given to me by my dear little Grandmother and a few by my parents. I want to share some of these treasures with you all in the weeks to come. They are very precious to me and represent the love that my Grandmother showered upon me all the days of her life.  I have some bloggy friends who had expressed a desire to see some of my dolls, so I wanted to share. They have been my delight for many years now.

This particular doll is an IDEAL. Ideal is a company that is known for its quality dolls and collectibles. Her name is “Patience.” She is a part of the Victorian Ladies collection that Ideal presented back in the 1980’s.  I love her fiery red hair and her china doll face. She looks the part of her name, like a patient girl…who keeps her fiery nature just under the surface. I love the lace details on her beautiful blue dress. She wears black velvet boots and pantaloons with full petticoat under her dress.

                                                                “Patience”


                                           Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

8 Responses to Fibro Wall

  1. Valerie, I love the thought you put into this post. I do not have fibromyalgia but kept reading anyway. I just want to say I admire your perseverance and hope and pray you will feel better and better. Warmly, Vickie

  2. Denise says:

    Bless you for sharing the energy drink, so sorry you suffer with fibro. You will be in my prayers. The doll is beyond cute.

  3. Stephanie says:

    Oh my dear friend, my heart goes out to you! I do not suffer from this, but I do have other things that ail me and I am in complete agreement with you when you say we are what we eat. A good diet and moderate exercise truly makes a difference.

    Please know that you will be in my prayers as you battle this out – big hugs to you!

  4. Valerie says:

    Dear Stephanie,
    Thank you so much for your kindness and prayers. I appreciate your friendship! I will keep you in my prayers as well. Hugs.
    Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

  5. Valerie says:

    Dear Denise,
    You are so very welcome! I hope it is a help to you. It has been for me. =) Thinking of you and sending prayers your way.
    Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

  6. Valerie says:

    Dear Vickie,
    Thank you so much for your kindness. =) I appreciate your friendship. I am hopeful that one day there will be a cure for this old Fibro. 😉 Hope you are having a fabulous weekend. Congrats on your lovely book! I can't wait to read it.
    Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

  7. Jan Tanis says:

    Valerie,

    I'm so sorry you have to suffer with fibromyalgia. I don't have it, but my sister did….for many, many years. It just left her so weak and discouraged. She is in Heaven now, no longer suffering with fibro or the cancer that additionally ravaged her body and life.

    I will be praying for you.

    I know about Bragg's and what it can do to help you. I've had Bell's Palsy for over 2 years. It's never entirely cleared up, but along with prayers and the other natural things I did to be healed, I added Braggs, using a similar recipe to yours. And it's helped me. I also use Young Living Essential Oils and they have additionally helped.

    Hugs,
    Jan ♥

  8. Valerie says:

    Dear Jan,
    Thank you for your sweet and thoughtful comment. Yes, fibro is tough. Some days are better than others. So sorry to hear about your sister. Thank you too for your prayers. I'm so glad that Bragg's has been a help to you in your health struggles as well. It has made a positive improvement in my own life.
    Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

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