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I was invited to the #EatDrinkSunderland Safari Supper to get a taste of what is on offer for Sunderland Restaurant Week in return for me to share my experience on my blog and social media. All views in this post are my own.
It's already half way through March and I've just been so terrible at keeping my blog up to date! I decided to extend my hiatus after getting caught up in a car accident last month (thankfully aside from some whiplash I'm fine!) as I needed to make sure I didn't stress myself out any further. I feel like I'm back on track now though and I'm really excited to be posting again as I've got loads on this year! This post will actually be quite a long one, and my photos have actually ended up being terrible so please bear with me! Hopefully you get the gist of it, but I'm a bit rusty and I was a bag of nerves most of the night!
I was so lucky to be given the chance to attend the #EatDrinkSunderland Safari Supper to get a taste of just som…

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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