I have a wonderful little girl and super supportive partner. Without my husband’s support I could not manage to care for our child, work full-time and pursue my other personal life goals. I also have a strong support system in family and friends. This team of people get me through each day. My team keeps God at the center of our lives. Our faith keeps us going when we feel like giving up.
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia (FM) when I was 19 years old, about 4 years after I first became sick. A few years later I was also diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Of course I suffer other ailments preceding and stemming from these diagnoses but I prefer to simply say I have FM. Who wants to launch into their extensive medical history unnecessarily. And above all, my illnesses are something I have but they are not who I am.
Before I became pregnant I tried to do research to see what I could expect for pregnancy with a chronic illness. I did not find much and what I found out about FM was contradicting. All sources agreed that the first 3 months post-partum would be the most debilitating. Once I became pregnant I cried at the lack of resources. I felt helpless as my body found new areas for pain to spread and my options for pain relief were few. By the time my daughter arrived I had decided that I would be the resource I did not find.
LIFE was created to provide support to mothers with chronic pain through pregnancy and motherhood. You can still enjoy your life and family even though pregnancy and motherhood will exacerbate the problem. I am here to answer your questions and direct you to useful information to help you feel better so you can enjoy life.