Archive for September, 2007

The Clothespin Challenge!

I just love what the National Fibromyalgia Association has came up with to create fibromyalgia awareness- the Clothespin Challenge!

This challenge was created to help those without fibromyalgia understand what the pain feels like. Clothespins are actually clipped on the end of a person’s fingers and left there for a certain amount of time to help him to understand the pain we experience daily. For each minute the person stands the pain, they are asked to donate x amount of dollars to the NFA. If this challenge helps one person in our lives to understand the pain we experience daily, then I’m all up for the challenge.

Read here for more details.


New Blogs added

How to Cope With Pain blog was just added. This blog was created by a medical doctor.

Dine Without Whine was also added. This blog is a neat way to bring families together-but it’ll cost you. I’m not really feeling that. But, it may be worth the price for some.


New Website added

We Are FMily website has been added to the blog. This site is an online support group for fibromyalgia sufferers. So, check it out!

Medicial Abbreviations

Sometimes when we read articles or speak with our doctors about our condition, we may find this list of abbreviations helpful when researching about fibromyalgia. Click here for a list.

New Sites and Blogs Added

The following sites and blogs have been added to the Vanish Despair blog:

Fibro Hope
Dancing With The Sandman Blog (This one is a good one!!!)
Mothering From Day to Day

National Chronic Invisible Awareness Week

National Chronic Invisible Awareness Week is September 10-16, 2007. Please read the latest article at Bella Online for further details.

I’m Back

I just wanted to let everyone know that I’m back and writing Bella Online articles as usual. As many of you are aware, I have fibromyalgia and CFS as well, and I too have setbacks. It’s been awhile, but I had a major one recently. I’m doing better, but not thanks to any meds or Lyrica for that matter, but because I’m testing the Marshall Protocol. I’ll explain more about it when I know more and interview my friend Jeanine who has been on it for over a year and has seen improvements since then. It’s a tough plan, but many seem to be doing well on it.

The reason why I say it help me get out of this bad flare was because the first line of defense is to eliminate all sources of vitamin D which includes sunlight. So since I’ve been wearing shades everywhere (I normally don’t because I wear glasses), I’ve been feeling less fatigued and achy and the inflammation in my face from the neuralgia is going down. It was a strange feeling at first, but when I realize for the last 2 days, I wasn’t sleeping all day and too tired to do anything at night, I began to realize that it may be something to this protocol after all. Are any of you on it? Let me know how it worked for you.

So, when I know more, I’ll let you know.

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