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Kelly’s Story (Fibromyalgia, Cornea transplant)

Hi My name is Kelly Bragg, and I’m 43 years old, but most days I feel 90. I’m a single mom to one son, Mikey, age 12. My illness started 12 years ago. I was tired all the time had pain throughout my body. It hurt to touch my hands to my toes. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Back then, it wasn’t really a DISORDER, and most people said, it’s all in your head.

Over the years, I tried medications such as Savella, Neurontin, Cymbalta and Lyrica. None of these truly helped me. Most of them made me swell or gain weight. I work two jobs and am constantly on my feet. Most days, I can hardly get out of bed. I fight this DISORDER or disease with everything I have. Doctors in my state refuse to give the narcotics, which for me would be Lortab. I’m given a steroid shot and muscle relaxers—Zanaflex—which helps for about an hour. I’m so tired of doctors not listening to me. Fibromyalgia is a NERVE DISORDER.

I fight every day to get out of bed and go to work. I had to have a cornea transplant in 2013 due to chicken pox and shingles virus in my optic nerve in my brain. I was totally blind for 5 years before that. The first one failed, so I had to have another one in 2016. So far it’s a success. I don’t have 100% vision, but I’ll take what I have.

People take things for granted. I couldn’t drive in that 5 year period, so I had to walk everywhere I wanted to go. Things can always be worse. The worst for me is CANCER. My grandma is dying from this. I watch her suffer, so I don’t complain about what I go through daily. I’m truly blessed to be here. My advice is to adjust your crown and be the best boss bitch you can be daily.

West Virginia
Submitted 11/03/2017

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.

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  1. Sessee

    Your story, Kelly, is intense and intensely inspiring. Could you please email me at There is something I would like to share with you. Bless!

  2. Jade

    Thank you for sharing your story, Kelly. It gives hope to those still fighting!

  3. Brigitte Estelle

    Dear Kelly,


    … ? “Adjust your crown and be the best boss bitch …”
    Oh boy, you made me laugh! Thank you for that!!
    Great way of putting it out there!?

    Please DO NOT STOP and stand infront of an ignorant man ~ woman ~secretary ~doctor ~ anybody…NOBODY and let “them think “, that they have controlled over your doubts, thoughts, ideas and CERTAINLY Doctors (anybody) who have no good manners and who have selective hearing!

    You live in your body, you know yourself and you know your body… You know what you feel… YOU KNOW!!
    Kelly believe in your strength is believing in yourself!

    I am sorry that you are going thru pain sending you lots of hugs and prayers kisses ?

    You are your own STRENGTH!

    ⚡️Keep Fighting Like A Girl⚡️

    With Love From Canada ??,
    Brigitte Estelle,xx

    ?Remember one thing but very important one thing You May Have (Fibromyalgia, Cornea , BUT It Certainly Does Not Have You!!!

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