I am forced to take better care of myself --- get enough sleep, eat healthier, avoid caffeine, rest more on "severe" days. There is no place for perfectionism with fibro --- it doesn't matter if the house isn't cleaned like it used to be, if things have to wait, if you buy prepared foods instead of doing it yourself, etc. I take more breaks between activities. Some things I just can't physically do now regardless of how badly I want to.
6. As your daughter, I know you have gone on to accomplish a lot professionally and personally since your diagnosis. Would you care to share your successes?
I have done a lot of teaching nationally and internationally. I travel a lot and try to not let my fibro define who I am. I'm probably a better advocate for those in pain. But, I'm less sympathetic to those who complain about it because I live in pain continuously in spite of medications. I could choose stronger pain medication but I also choose to have a functioning brain and be in charge of my life. Some days I would rather crawl in a hole with a blanket over my head but I don't allow myself to that.
7. What are two things that guide you each day?
Prayer, daily Mass, positive attitude, in charge of my choices.
8. Any advice for others living with disease?
Don't let it get the best of you. Don't let it define who you are and therefore control your life. Keep pushing. Exercise is good for fibro patients but it hurts so bad to do it.
9. Anything else you would like to add?
Exercise, get plenty of rest, figure out what things work for you and then do them.
Cathy can also be found writing at her personal blog The Life and Adventures of Cateepoo.