Welcome! Thanks for visiting Reclaiming HOPE! Wherever you are on your journey, I hope you’ll find something that will help you take the next step toward thriving, not just surviving, with fibromyalgia.
When I was first diagnosed in 2012, I honestly thought I would be someone who would find something I could do that would cure me. I’m a natural-born “fixer.” When something unexpected happens, my first thought is always, “How do I fix this?”. I got busy reading everything I could get my hands on and doing whatever I could to try to get better.
Is it always going to be this way?
As the years wore on and I still wasn’t cured, I began to lose hope. I feared I would never have a “normal” life again. It was time to take a more realistic view of my fibromyalgia and establish a new normal. I had to stop living in the past and how “I used to be” and learn to live my best life today. It was time to reclaim my hope!
We don’t have to be “cured” to thrive.
I’ve used my experience as a certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach to develop a framework for thriving regardless of my circumstances. Finding ways to control what we can and letting go of what we can’t helps us thrive, whether or not we ever find a cure.
Improving our general wellness is also critical to being able to live well within our ‘new normal’ so you’ll find Wellness Wednesday posts each week that cover topics that are important to our overall wellness.
Robin Roberts, a cancer survivor and anchor of Good Morning America often says, “Make your mess your message” and I hope that sharing my journey with you will help you navigate this labyrinth of good days and bad days, symptoms and setbacks, and everything in between.
For me personally, the things that are most helpful are those that point me toward actions I can takes much of what you’ll find here are practical tips. These are things that help me thrive with fibromyalgia, and I hope they’ll help you as well.
I’m a firm believer that God uses everything in our lives – He doesn’t let us suffer for no reason – and I pray He’ll use this to help you reclaim YOUR hope and move toward a more fulfilling life!