My name is Abby, and I’m a 17 year old high school junior. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in November 2011. (I’ve also self diagnosed myself with IBS, my doctor’s been out on leave for the last four months; but you never know). I’ve had joint issues, aches, pains, and depression for as long as I can remember, but my diagnosis was still a complete surprise.
Learning to deal with this has been the craziest, most interesting, and most exhausting experience ever. I have extremely supportive family and friend’s. Even though they don’t always understand all of these shenanigans firsthand, they have been absolutely wonderful to me.
My support system is amazing. I’m in the full IB diploma program in school. It’s so hard to do it all, but thankfully fibromyalgia has taught me to be a tough little bitch. I’m lucky that teachers give me what I need to succeed and yet still push me. Being diagnosed with fibromyalgia so young has changed my life, and even though I may feel alone at times, knowing I’m surrounded by family, friend’s, and all the wonderful women on Fight Like a Girl it makes it all better. Have a pain free day!
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