Fibromyalgia: A Guide to Understanding the Journey Kindle Edition
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- File size : 1632 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B00BB0AQ3E
- Publication date : February 3, 2013
- Publisher : New Dawn Publishers (February 3, 2013)
- Print length : 103 pages
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
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"Just because I can do a thing one day, that doesn't mean I will be able to do the same thing the next day or next week." - From "A Letter to Normals." This was illuminating.
"One of the biggest weapons we have in this fight is attitude." The opening tool in the book is not just a positive attitude, but a spiritual one. As a pastor, I might especially appreciate that, though I also understand that many people have different spirituality. I think the larger point is to keep things in context. Having a support system is also very important.
One of the pieces of advice which Bolton admits is paradoxical is exercise. Tai Chi and Yoga are recommended, though, understandably, the training schedule of a fibromite could be sporadic given the nature of the condition. Diet is also a big tool, which includes avoiding refined sugars and starches and drinking plenty of water.
So, though this I gain a great deal of insight. I can see where I can give my fibromite friend (a new term for me) the benefit of the doubt, and, just as importantly, where I ought not count on her. She won't know if she will be able to keep a planned schedule because she won't know if her fibromyalgia might act up next Monday afternoon. That means we just need to learn to plan accordingly. We just build in the kind of flexibility that will allow for her to be there or not be there and not to know until the last minute.
It also shows me, perhaps, some places to not be quite as patient. This might require more deep pondering, but if she is insisting on the foods and drinks known to make her condition worse, then perhaps I should be less accepting of that. Certainly I should not be giving it to her. Before I make any significant changes that might show less patience, though, I think some discussions might be in order. I think I can get a much better understanding of how her particular condition manifests in her life now that I have a foundation. Thank you, Shelly Bolton.
I love the down to earth stories shared at the end of the book. I commend the author for allowing them to be printed in the personality and integrity they were entrusted to her.
Bravo for a book that literally "reaches out and touches" those seeking to understand the experience of Fibromyalgia.
I do agree with one of the other reviewers in that this book is good enough, and would benefit many, to be a handout in a doctors office.
May God richly bless you Mrs. Bolton
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The book is written in a simple way (double line spacing/short chapters) for a reason..... so that Fibromites, like myself can, through Fibrofog (although I do, personally, hate that expression) learn all about Fibromyalgia. We don't need the long medical terminology - even if we could understand the words - when we have enough to contend with on a daily basis with just being able to think, let alone read or read about our very illness.
Some of us can go about our daily lives, shopping and going out in the car, albeit painfully and like hell on earth. Others rarely leave home, if at all, and hate having visitors invade their space. We think we are going crazy, especially if nobody is able, or willing to help us. When tests proved fruitless in our search for answers, it doesn't make things easier. It emphasises that 'something is wrong with us' and 'we need help' .
Fibromyalgia: A Guide To Understanding the Journey by Shelly Bolton gets 10/10 in my book. She has put together what it is like to be a Fibro sufferer, clearly explaining that one sufferer is different to another. Volunteers have offered their stories and it makes you weep. I wept because I was not alone, because I don't want others to suffer the way I am suffering, because many people have had this horrible, chronic illness for nearly all of their lives, whereas I've only had it for 5 years.... I hurt for these people.
I have learned SO MUCH from this book - I can't begin to tell you how much without going into personal details. I've just found out that let's say approx 70% of what is going on in my health can be put down to the Fibromyalgia - the rest is due to another chronic illness, which I've had since childhood and can cope with. The two fight each other.
The cover speaks volumes....There is so much to people who have Fibromyalgia. Please buy the book, if you are a sufferer....know somebody who has Fibromyalgia or if you are a doctor and wish to know more about it, perhaps...? I RECOMMEND HIGHLY.
I hope this review has been helpful to you.
At times trying to say just how one day you can do various things without pain, then the next no hope in hell, well it gets wearing, tiring and also dammed annoying if not just for others, but just you the sufferer. Wished I had plucked up the courage to read this book before now, as it might have saved a little bit of not only my sanity but the family too.
It is a real life, straight talking book, that does make you realise that A. You are not going nuts with one bit of your body aching one time then another, another time. B. Your body temperature makes you either put on too many layers and other members of the family ask you are you ok as they have short sleeves on. C. Why you can not stand the smell of bleach/cleaning smells in supermarkets when the butchery part is being cleaned, when no one else notices it.
It does away with all the magical big medical words that at times just confuse, irritate and make you wonder well if that says it should happen, well it must do. Just because one person has more sleep problems, sinus issues etc more than another does not make you have or not have fibro. It makes you realise that people can have it but not all have exactly the same effects with it.
I know that the book has reference to prayers etc in it, but my way of thinking is too each their own, and what makes some happy and makes them feel better in anyway is fine. We all have different ways and view and I think that this book puts that message across well.