Monthly Archives: May 2012
I was watching TV three nights ago, when an ad appeared featuring Toni Collette.
She was reading a poem: Ode to Can.
There’s a four lettered word
As offensive as any
It holds back the few
Puts a stop to the many.
You can’t climb that mountain
You can’t cross the sea
You can’t become anything you want to be.
He can’t hit a century
They can’t find a cure.
She can’t think about leaving or searching for more.
Because Can’t is a word with a habit of stopping
The ebb and the flow of ideas
It keeps dropping
itself where we know in our hearts it’s not needed
And saying “don’t go” when we could have succeeded.
But those four little letters
That end with a T
They can change in an instant
When shortened to three.
We can take off the T
We can do it today
We can move forward not back
We can find our own way.
We can build we can run
We can follow the sun
We can push we can pull
We can say I’m someone
Who refuses to believe
That life can’t be better
With the removal of one
I thought the poem very inspiring, and have spent the last 3 days trying to find the words (would have been easier if I had recorded the ad and transcribed it – oh well!)
I was disappointed to see the ad was for the Commonwealth Bank. Nonetheless, the poem should inspire us.
If you are in chronic pain (and which of us fibroMAGICians isn’t?), it’s challenging for you and your friends and family. This is particularly true if you have an ‘invisible’ condition like FM, which is hard for other people to understand.
I know that it isn’t always easy to ask for help; or to find the money to do some of these things, but hopefully, you will find something here that is helpful.
I have previously told you about my experience with Tai Chi – I go to a modified class for Arthritis, held by the Arthritis Foundation. We practice a modified Sun tai chi, which has 12 forms (this info is just so you can understand the next part).
Clinical Rheumatology reported, on May 13 2012, that the Oregon Health & Science University’s Fibromyalgia Research Unit held a randomized controlled trial of 8-form Tai chi to gauge any improvement in symptoms and functional mobility in fibromyalgia patients.
Previous researchers have found that 10-form Tai chi yields symptomatic benefit in patients with FM. The purpose of this study was to further investigate earlier findings and add a focus on functional mobility.
Participants met in small groups twice weekly for 90 minutes over 12 weeks.
Of the 101 randomly assigned subjects, clinically and statistically significant improvements were seen in:
- pain severity
- pain interference
- sleep, and
- self-efficacy for pain control
No adverse events were noted.
Accordingly, the study reported that tai chi appears to be a safe and an acceptable exercise modality that may be useful as adjunctive therapy in the management of FM patients. Yippee! Tai chi class on Wednesday is still on!
Having trouble explaining Fibro Fog to some-one else – or they just don’t believe you?
Sometimes all it takes is another person to describe it: