May 12th is a day committing to bringing Fibromyalgia to the forefront and raise awareness. As you probably already know Fibromyalgia is something that I deal with every day 24/7 and will for the rest of my life. Starting Monday May 7th I will post something about Fibromyalgia each day culminating with something special on Saturday May 12th. You will find out what that something special is on Monday the 7th.
I encourage you between now and Monday to find out if there is anyone in your family, circle of friends or in your community who battles with this syndrome. I think you will be surprised at just how many people deal with it silently every day. It may be the woman down the street you see wabbling out to her mailbox each day. It may be the co-worker who uses a lot of sick days but never really “looks” sick. It may be the teenage girl in your child’s class who always has such a pretty smile but doesn’t participate in sports and sometimes sits out of P.E. for “no reason”. It may be that friend who you think is unreliable because she is always canceling things at the last minute. It may be that “perfectly healthy looking” woman with the handicap permit hanging from her rear view mirror “just so she can park close”. You will be surprised who we are. Things are not always what they seem.
While you are observing the people around you, think about the pledge pictured here. You may be asked to sign this pledge to care next week.
Consider looking at people in a different light. Avoid making rash judgements about others. You never know what another person is living with in their life.
We will explore Fibromyalgia a bit more starting Monday. Bring and open heart and mind when you come to read here next week. You’ll be surprised at the things you’ll learn.