One thing that I think is SO VERY COOL about being a part of the online Chronic Pain Community is being able to see the difference that each of us can make…. NO two Chronic Pain blogs are the same… Our words are very different, but our messages always have a common thread… We want to increase awareness and understanding… We want our words to be heard and somehow make it easier for someone else who suffers…. We want to be validated, and VALIDATE one another… Those who blog very selflessly share their truths and are an open book, which can be a vulnerable place to be at times… but the reasons behind doing it make us a united group… and I am honored to be a part of it….
One of the first Chronic Pain bloggers that I started corresponding with when I first started Graceful Agony is Deanna over at www.writingwonder.wordpress.com. In the first weeks of sharing my story here, Deanna gave me a lot of support, and inspired me to keep writing (along with many of you by the way… I wouldn’t still be doing this if it wasn’t for MANY of you who gave me my writing ‘wings’… I hope you know who you are!). She has been an invaluable friend to me… but she is also an invaluable RESOURCE for our community!!
I just wanted to draw your attention to her blog this week if you haven’t had the chance to visit her site yet…. PLEASE DO!!!
Because it is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Week, Deanna has been working on a series of posts…. I hope she doesn’t mind, but I have copied them here:
- Part 1, Wednesday, May 12th: What is fibromyalgia?
- Part 2, Thursday, May 13th: How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?
- Part 3, Friday, May 14th: How is fibromyalgia treated?
- Part 4, Saturday, May 15th, Fibromyalgia Awareness Events Day: My story – how I came to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
- Part 5, Sunday, May 16th: What you can do to obtain a diagnosis, (whether it’s fibromyalgia or not). Series review and Q&A.
She has put a LOT of work into this series, and it is bursting with information…. Do you know someone who doesn’t quite understand your diagnosis? Are you someone who thinks you might have Fibromyalgia, but you don’t know where to start in terms of receiving a diagnosis? Are you someone who doesn’t suffer from this condition, but you would like to learn more about it? This series will give you some really comprehensive info!!
Please stop by and visit her site!!! Deanna is a wonderfully talented writer, and I am honored to call her my friend.
HUGS TO EVERYONE!! YOU ALL INSPIRE ME EVERYDAY!!
IF ANYONE OF MY READERS HAS A BLOG POST PERTAINING TO NATIONAL FIBROMYALGIA/CFS/ME AWARENESS WEEK, AND YOU WOULD LIKE FOR ME TO POST A LINK TO IT HERE, PLEASE EMAIL ME AT firstname.lastname@example.org.