Are You Thankful for Fibromyalgia?

Karen Lee Richards Health Guide
  • Asking whether you're thankful for fibromyalgia may sound like a ridiculous question. But I've found that being grateful for even the seemingly negative things in my life brings positive results.


    Early on in my life with FM—during a particularly bad flare—it dawned on me that I could choose to be miserable or I could choose to be happy. Since being miserable felt awful and wasn't getting me anywhere, I made the decision to be happy. What I mean by that is I chose to focus on the positive things in my life rather than dwelling on the negatives.


    We've all heard the example of optimism vs. pessimism that asks if you see the glass as half-empty or half-full. But I think a quote by nineteenth century author Alphonse Karr paints an even better picture of what it means to have an attitude of gratitude.

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    Some people grumble that roses have thorns;

    I am grateful that thorns have roses.”


    This year as Thanksgiving rolled around and I was thinking of everything I was thankful for, I decided to list the reasons I'm grateful for fibromyalgia.

    • Because of FM, I was forced to re-evaluate what was most important in my life and focus my very limited energy on those things. Things I thought I “should” do were replaced with things that were truly important to me.

    • I've made so many amazing and wonderful friends that I never would have met except that we have FM in common.

    • I'm working at my dream job—thanks entirely to FM. I wanted to be a writer my whole life but never imagined that I could actually make a living at it. But when FM forced me to try to find work I could do from home, I gathered my courage and took a shot at it. There were some very lean years at first but I've been supporting myself solely by writing for several years now.

    Although FM has brought thorns into my life, it has also brought many beautiful roses. I'm thankful for the roses.


    What are the roses in your life that you're thankful for this holiday season?


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Published On: November 30, 2013