I am 31 years old and have had fibromyalgia for most of my life. When the pain first started many years ago, I didn’t understand what was happening. I just knew that I hurt all of the time and I was having muscle spasms. Sometimes the spasms were so bad that I couldn’t walk or I would collapse. Physical activity usually made it worse, though some days I hurt badly even without being active. I let it stop me from doing things I wanted to try because I wanted to avoid the pain. Then in my early teens, I came to the realization that by sitting out to avoid the pain I was letting whatever was causing it to win. That was the turning point for me.
Now at 31, I know what I am fighting, and I know that the only way I win is if I don’t let it stop me. I dance, I hike, I fence, and I am learning to play roller derby. None of it is easy for me, but I always give it my best and work as hard as I can. When I start to hurt and feel like giving up, that’s when I push myself the hardest. It doesn’t matter to me if I’m not the best or never win a match or a bout. The only opponent I’m worried about beating is fibromyalgia. I will not give up. I will always give my best, and fight my hardest. I have fibromyalgia. It does not have me.
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This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.