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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 | Pain Management - Session Three

If you're looking for a post of me rambling about my experiences at pain management, you've come to the right place! If you haven't caught up yet, you can catch up on my previous post here. It's mad to think that I'm already half way through! Actually a bit gutted at how quickly these are going because I'm really enjoying it and learning so much, not sure what I'm going to do with myself on a Wednesday afternoon once these are finished!

I was proud of myself again because this week, I spoke a lot more than the past two weeks. Sure, there were moments where I was dying to speak up but just chickened out, but I think there was still a huge improvement which I was really pleased about. We were invited to share our 'wins' from that week, and I really enjoyed this! It was so beneficial thinking about all the good things you've achieved, our focus is always on what we can't do, so this made a nice change! As nice as it was to share my win, it was so lovely to hear everyone elses too. I decided that my win was attending the Viking Picture Perfect event (post coming soon), it was completely out of my comfort zone with how terrible I am with meeting new people so I was proud of myself for attending in the first place!

Accepting Chronic Pain
The next section was a tough one, discussing feelings, thoughts and behaviours when it comes to chronic pain. I'm sure a lot of people who are living with chronic pain or an invisible illness have often had a range of thoughts and feelings running through their head as they come to terms with it all and begin to accept it. I started this blog so I had somewhere to discuss what I was going through and to socialise with a range of different people, as I felt myself withdrawing from my friends and family as I struggled with accepting fibromyalgia. Well the aim of this section of the session was to let us know that these thoughts and feelings are completely normal as we all felt them! And sometimes you need to share these feelings to realise this. I'm excited for the communication session for exactly this reason, it's not too bad discussing stuff like this with people in the same boat as you, but it can get a bit more difficult or upsetting when trying to share your feelings with your friends and family.

We then went on to medication. Now I'm actually not on medication, I decided against it as I wanted to try and learn how to manage it myself whilst it was still at a level where I could do that! This is another reason why I sometimes feel like a fraud when it comes to chronic illness, I'm forever worried people will judge me for it, but I feel like I'm in a good position right now to take the time to try all other options, and so far this option is working for me so I'm pretty pleased about that. I still feel like I learned a lot about the different medications out there, so at least I know that if I'm ever in a position where I could benefit from medication, I have a more informed outlook on them all 

No relaxation this time unfortunately, although considering my inability to focus on anything but the football last time, it was possibly a good idea as I was already nervous about our next match! I also got talking to a few other people which was nice. All in all, another great session. I'm thoroughly enjoying these sessions, and I hope that anyone considering getting more information from their GPs etc do, as it could really be something great for you too!

Abbey xx


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