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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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Hate Crime Awareness Week - This Is Me

If you've kept up with my Pain Management Posts, you'll know one of the main things we always did in the sessions was share our wins and our goals. Well, in Session Five I shared my win, which was attending a Theatre workshop to inquire joining. Well, I am now officially a member of the Dryburn Theatrical Workshop! I'm really enjoying it, it's something I've always enjoyed and I'm pleased I've gotten back into it. It was easy for me to stop doing the things I enjoyed once I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, hiding away at home instead of living my life.

On my first week there, one of the members shared an opportunity to work alongside Durham Constabulary during Hate Crime Awareness Week, to help raise awareness and to put an end to it. With everything that was discussed, it really felt like the perfect opportunity for me, very fitting for it being my first week there! Durham Constabulary are sharing a range of different videos over the Hate Crime Awareness Week (which started on the 13th October 2018). You can check out everything they're doing for this week on their Facebook here.

I honestly think this is something that is so important. I don't understand how anyone could feel comfortable spreading hate just because of someones skin colour/religion/sexuality/disability. With the way the world is now, it's so important that we spread love, and not hate, which is exactly what this video and Hate Crime Awareness Week is all about. I'm sure there's a lot of people out there with chronic illnesses who have experienced bullying or some kind of hate crime - you always hear stories of people being nasty because someone who uses a disabled parking space doesn't fit their idea of what a disabled person looks like. It's about time this kind of thing stops, it is 2018 after all.

Durham Constabulary asked Dryburn Theatrical Worskshop to put together a video to the song 'This Is Me' from the film The Greatest Showman. I think it's the perfect song for something like this, anyone who has seen the film will agree I'm sure. The song itself is such an inspiring song, I'm so pleased we got the chance to be part of something like this. It's so important so spread this kind of message.

We quickly got to work on it, I think we had maybe 2 or 3 practices and then we were ready to film - at Beamish Museum no less. We were up bright and early on a Sunday, ready to film in Beamish which was amazing in itself! Considering how early and cold it was, we were all pretty positive, and it didn't take long to warm up once we started dancing. I've never done anything like this before, but it was so much fun. You can watch the video here (see if you can spot me at the back!)

I feel so privileged to have been able to be part of this. At one point during the filming of this, I actually felt really overwhelmed by the message this song gives, and by the work we were doing with Durham Constabulary. I often refuse to show my symptoms and get help when really I should, simply out of fear of peoples reactions because to them I look completely fine. And I guess this is what this Hate Crime Awareness Week campaign is all about - it's about time we all share who we are with everyone and say This Is Me!

I'll most likely be sharing my journey with the Dryburn Theatrical Workshop on my blog and across my social media, but you can keep up to date directly on shows etc through their pages too. You can find them on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. Now this video is live, we're moving onto rehearsing for the Pantomime - we're doing Beauty and The Beast and I can't wait!

I hope during this Hate Crime Awareness Week we can all learn to spread love and not hate, and to maybe look out for those who could be experiencing bullying and hate crimes. We can all stand by each other to stop hate!

Abbey xx


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