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.
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.