I Am... More Than My Pain
I am a mother, a grandmother, a niece, a cousin and a friend. I'm a born-again Christian and my relationship with God is the center of my life. I am proud to be an American and am not ashamed to admit that I tear up every time I hear our National Anthem. I am also proud of my Irish heritage and have always enjoyed the fact that I was born on St. Patrick's Day.
I'm a writer, an editor and an artist. I'm a hard worker with perfectionist tendencies. I am loyal, sometimes to a fault. I am a former ballet dancer. I'm a music lover despite my terrible singing voice. I am a patient advocate and co-founder of the National Fibromyalgia Association. I'm an avid reader. I'm an 'i' junkie – iPhone, iPad and iMac.
I am blessed to have a wonderfully loving and supportive family and good friends who have stuck by me for more than 40 years. I'm an animal lover in general and a cat person in particular. I'm a fan of the color purple, anything vanilla-scented, crossword puzzles and old sitcoms. I am an optimist and a dreamer. I am easily bored. I am trying to grow old gracefully, but gravity is winning the battle. I'm passionate about the people and principles I believe in. I am comfortable with myself.
And, yes, I am a fibromyalgia patient; but I am oh, so much more.
Who are you?