LIVING WITH FIBROMYALGIA PHOTO-DOCUMENTARY by MIAN BOND-CARVIN

LIVING WITH FIBROMYALGIA

by Mian Bond-Carvin

Ten years ago, Margaret was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, a chronic neurological disorder. She had, for most of her life, been a vibrant, active, social being. Now, when she’s not at work, Margaret is at home, quite often sleeping. Margaret is currently experiencing what is called a fibro flare. These are caused by triggers such as weather changes, allergies, over-stimulation, not sleeping well, travel, socializing, over-extending herself, eating certain foods. The list is lengthy. Being in a flare also means her memories and thoughts are fuzzier than usual, her pain is at higher levels, and she needs more sleep, quiet and calm. Flares can last anywhere from hours to months.

Margaret

It is necessary for Margaret to manage her illness every day, flare or not. Ways in which she does this is to make and eat gluten-free foods, relax in a hot bath of Epsom salts, meditate, stretch, gently exercise, read up on ways to keep symptoms at bay, take her medications and always get a good night’s sleep.

Medications, both allopathic and naturopathic
Daily pill packets
Just some of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia; the blue marks are ones Margaret has experienced
Rest is essential: Sleep disturbances are among the most common symptoms
Making gluten-free flour. When gluten is consumed by those who are sensitive, the immune system responds by attacking the small intestine. This affects the body’s ability to absorb and process nutrients.
The essence of pain
Today, my mind feels swampy, murky. It’s thick, like Jello. There are so many limitations; it makes my life boring.
Massaging her legs with CBD (hemp) oil, which Margaret makes herself
Preparing to meditate: It's important to quiet the mind
Gentle stretches and exercises can temporarily ease pain caused by Fibromyalgia
Getting out and working in the garden always raises Margaret's spirits
The silver lining is that having this condition forced me to slow down, allowing me to appreciate the intense beauty of the world around me.
There are good days - and good times within bad days

Made with Love. ♥

Mian Bond-Carvin ©2017

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©Mian Bond-Carvin + gumption girl pictures

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