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Preparing for a Hen Do with Fibromyalgia

I'm not going to lie, I've got an insanely busy few months coming up. As someone who is used to spending a lot of time alone, this is genuinely so different to my normal life, but I'm so happy about it! I did a quick post earlier this year going over some of the things I've got going on this year, so I thought I'd share some posts about how I'm preparing for these with regards to my fibro.
First up I've got two hen do weekends for two amazing bride to be's this year. I am so excited and crazily happy that I've been asked to attend. I've got one in Benidorm and one in Leeds, and they're both going to be jam packed with activities to make it an unreal time. But with this comes a lot of preparation on my end, to make sure I know I can have a fantastic weekend without a dreaded fibro flare. Whilst I'm fully expecting to need a bit of recovery after, I'd like to try and make it through both weekends without a flare up.
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The Fibro Diaries | Reflecting

This is one of those posts that actually has absolutely no point, it's simply me having a ramble about what life with fibro is like. My posts like these are really going to be short and sweet, but it might give a little insight into life with fibromyalgia.

Lately I've been thinking about what my life was like when I was first experiencing fibromyalgia symptoms. I wasn't diagnosed until September 2015, but really it all started when I first moved to Uni in 2012. A lot of people think that fibro can start with big personal events etc, and the move to Uni was a big thing for me, so I think this may have been where it all started. Of course, when you start uni, your life revolves around eating your body weight in takeaways, constantly drinking and having the most horrendous sleeping patterns, so it was difficult to tell if what I was experiencing was just typical student life taking its toll or if it was something more. It wasn't until my second year when I found that I was really struggling to make the walk to lectures and my concentration levels just completely dropped that I thought it might have been something more.

It took me quite some time to get my diagnosis but really, I need to give a huge shoutout to Teesside University, I'm so surprised I managed to come away with a degree but I had some really great support so I will always be thankful for that.

Basically, the early days of fibromyalgia can be so tough. It's completely invisible and there's so many things that the doctors have to rule out before they can start thinking about fibro. I'm lucky that it really only took me about 2-3 years to get my diagnosis, I know some people it takes so much longer! But the timing of it all for me made it difficult to even know myself if anything was wrong! I instantly noticed an improvement in my health when I moved back home, so clearly the student life isn't the best for fibro warriors out there, but I still have days where I genuinely wonder whether I'll make it out of bed.

If you've been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia or another chronic condition, how did the diagnosis go? Or are you still waiting for your diagnosis? I think it's crazy how different everyone's experiences are!

Abbey xx


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