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A New Year Update

Hello everyone!
I feel like I've been so quiet lately! My blog has not been on my mind much through the Christmas break, which has been perfect really. As much as I love and appreciate writing this blog, I've had the busiest Christmas break ever! It's been nice to be focusing on what I've been doing instead of worrying about getting the right photo to share on Instagram. 
So because of this, I thought I'd do a quick post to update you all on the last couple of months and what I have coming up!

December was my last month working at what was my first proper job after university. The whole month felt so strange, but the timing worked out well as it meant my final working day was everyone's last day for Christmas and I had a nice break before starting my new job! I will seriously miss all my work pals but I know I'll still see them all outside of work

I had a lovely time celebrating Christmas with my nearest and dearest. I did unfortunately end up having a bit…

The Fibro Diaries | Pain Management - Session Four


Another day, another pain management session that I thoroughly enjoyed - onto session 4 now, it really is going so fast! You can read my post on my third session here but for now, I'll be talking about my fourth session.

Wins and Goals
We started our session with our wins of the week. I shared mine but it was actually probably the worst win ever, I'd had a tough week with feeling ill, so I didn't really do much aside from sleep and work! Again, I love this section, it's great hearing all the positive stories from everyone, I'm definitely considering doing this for myself on a weekly basis, positive thinking and all that. We also discussed some of our goals, things we'd like to achieve using all the things we've learned at these sessions. I chickened out of sharing mine, but I thought I'd share it here! I'm hoping to become a bit more active! I used to play netball and went to an athletics club, but I'm constantly worried about injuring myself or not being able to walk the next day after but hopefully I can take what I've learned to get back to it.

Exercising Safely
Perfect that we went through this considering my goal. I'm still so used to my life when I was so active so I would often go straight into it without thinking about pacing and building up to exercise now it's not as easy to do. We've previously went through some little exercises like 'sit to stand' and joint exercises to wake them up, but this time we learned how to build up these exercises, especially when we've gone through a flare up and maybe can't exercise the same as a 'good' day. 

Communication
Something I definitely need help with. I'm terrible at communicating about my fibromyalgia in person, one of the reasons I started this blog! This is something I'm going to take with me for communicating with both my friends/family and with Doctors etc. For a while I struggled with doctors, I often found like my way of communicating and my age meant that I sometimes wasn't listened too properly. It got to the point that I would actually have to take my mam in to appointments! I also struggle with explaining how I feel to people, one minute I'm very 'don't give me sympathy I'm completely fine' and the next I'm very negative about how I'm feeling and not able to really do much so I know it must be really hard for my family to understand where I'm at. So I really need to take on board everything that we went through, I know my family and friends will really appreciate that too!

We actually have two weeks off before our next session, so there won't be an update for the next two weeks but I'll be right back once we start up again for our final two sessions. Feel free to ask me any questions regarding the pain management programme, I'm not even finished it yet but I already recommend it! 

Abbey xx

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