My Long Journey

By: Candy Bashore

My long journey with Fibromyalgia started 29 years ago. I was 27 and had endured 3 surgeries in the span of 4 months. I had a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old, and my last surgery was a hysterectomy. I’m guessing those surgeries were my trigger. I started with symptoms the summer of 1992. That is when I began the round of doctors. One after another after another only to discover no one knew what was wrong with me. Sound familiar? It took until 2005 to get my fibro diagnosis. I cried when my doctor told me she knew what was wrong with me.

A Long Journey With FibromyalgiaFinally, I had an answer!! In 2007 I had anterior- posterior back surgery. It fixed my back but made my fibro go out of control. I had to quit my job as a paraprofessional (I loved that job!) and was unable to work for 11 years. After a 30-year marriage, a divorce, and a move to another state, financially I had to try and work.

Thankfully God allowed me to work part-time for about a year. I am now back in my home state and will be job searching again. I can only hope that my fibro will stay under control so that I can work again.

If not, I don’t know what I will do financially. I just face each day as it comes along and try to listen to my body. I take my meds, try to sleep as best I can (which is not well) and move as much as possible. Some days are good and other days I can’t get out of bed. I’m thankful for the good days. I refuse to let fibro win!!