Ellen Rab Wildman
It was almost 20 years ago when my life changed from one of activity and energy to fatigue and pain. Back then some did not believe that Fibromyalgia was real and a respected rhuematologist in town actually said to me " you look cute when you cry". I knew that what I was feeling was not imagined yet I did choose to keep my symptoms quiet so as not to be defined by my illness. My life was not what I had hoped it would be. Always with the support of Ed I was able to function in ways I now understand were sometimes miraculous. I began moving (my body) and 15 years ago I found Alyssa ,who has helped take me from bed to brawn (hahaha) staying active and enegetically alive. Today I spend my days pacing myself often in the comfort of my home, working with the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association and taking care of myself and the necessities of the family. I advocate for the rights of Pain Patients to have access to the medications and treatment they need. I now know that I need to be a voice for myself and for those who are unable. In this environment of mistrust and labeling of Chronic Pain Patients, it is mportant to understand that Together We Make a Difference.
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