Hi! (very original way to start but I really do have to introduce myself first)
(I have never blogged, followed a blog, or commented on a blog before so please bear with me as I learn the necessary tools)
My name is Simone. I am single, live alone and I have fibromyalgia. I was 40 before I heard about fibromyalgia.
Previously, I had worked in hotels, on cruise ships and in casinos.
Then I spent 6 years working (in the ‘real’ world) and studying (in ‘academia’) to get my law degree. About halfway through my studies, I had (what I call) a major breakdown.
I stopped working – I was broken. No getting out of bed. No getting in the shower. No getting dressed. I was depressed. I had depression. It took about 3 years to swim out of those murky waters (with lots of drugs acting as my life preserver – and definitely no photos from that time!)
For some reason the only thing that kept me going was my studies. Maybe it was the opportunity to start a new life, to get away from shift-work, or to live within the mainstream – but whatever it was, my studies saved me (I was never suicidal. I always thought that it had to get better than THIS otherwise how did other people survive. My psychologist said I was a very positive depressed person!) and I made it through.I was able to ‘practice’ law for one whole month before the debilitating purple wave took over my life – FIBROMYALGIA!
Unlike many, I have NOT learned to manage this condition so I am not working and I spend alot of time on my couch (AND not letting anyone take any photos of me!)
So I’ve decided to share this time with YOU (who may be a real person or may just be the ‘ether’).
I used to be a lawyer.
I used to be a student.
I used to be a croupier.
I used to have boundless energy.
I could do anything…
I CAN DO ANYTHING
Fibromyalgia has stolen my old life -
I’m fighting to get it back!