My name is Kelli. I am 17 years old and I am a junior in high school. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in April 2010. It was blessing as well as a curse. A blessing in the sort that I knew what was wrong with me. A curse in the fact that I know what lies ahead of me. I have been told many times the pain is in my head and I can control how I feel, by doctors, family, friends, etc. I only go to school on half days and sometimes I struggle to do that. I have good days and bad days. Mostly bad days, it seems here lately. I found this Fight Like a Girl Club on Facebook and I have been reading article after article and I have learned so much already. I feel alone in my fight with fibromyalgia, although I have awesome friends and my family to support me – they can only do so much with words. Being 17, I get looked at extremely funny when I tell people what my disease is. I am known as the ‘sickly’ girl at school and now around my family, too. I really hope I find people on this website to help me in this struggle and show me how to truly Fight Like a Girl!
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.