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Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 15 - The Ultimate Guide to Online Support

Puja Rios | Posted 02.10.2017 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

Who's to say Valentine's Day is only about champagne, chocolate and roses? Don't get me wrong, I will gladly cheers to you with a glass of Moët, but ...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 14 -- Proof to Convince a Non-Believer

Puja Rios | Posted 01.26.2017 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

For those of you that are going through this, first and foremost, I am here for you.

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 13 -- 3 Ways I Fight Isolation

Puja Rios | Posted 01.16.2017 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

Isolation and Chronic Pain go hand in hand, there's no sugar coating it. Anyone with CP knows that we make deliberate choices about our schedules ever...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 12 -- The Secret to a New Year Resolution

Puja Rios | Posted 01.16.2017 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

"Here's to a happy and healthy New Year!" Before my diagnosis, I remember thinking how empty those words sounded to me. Of course I was going to ha...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Eliminate Recurring Pain

Puja Rios | Posted 11.30.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

Heal Your Chronic Pain: Understand The Source Of Recurring Pain and Learn Effective Techniques To Eliminate It. If there's one thing I know for sure,...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 11 -- Ongoing Effects of Chronic Pain

Puja Rios | Posted 11.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

The Struggle is Real For the most part, in my life and in my blog, I choose to stay optimistic. As you've seen in this blog, I'd rather focus on solu...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 10 -- The Dangers of Negative Thinking

Puja Rios | Posted 10.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

Since my 2008 diagnosis, I have experienced a list of grievances so long, I could complain about them every minute of every day, month after month and...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Founder of "Spoon Theory" Needs Your Help

Puja Rios | Posted 10.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

Whether you have Fibromyalgia, Lupus, CFS, depression or any invisible disease, you know the guilt that comes along with it. Asking for help feels lik...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 9 -- 15 Things to Know Once You're Diagnosed with Chronic Pain

Puja Rios | Posted 09.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

In 2007, the iPhone turned one year old, Fibromyalgia wasn't recognized as an actual condition and David Hasselhoff got really drunk and tried to eat ...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 8 -- 9 Quick Tips for Sleeping with Chronic Pain

Puja Rios | Posted 09.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

"The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more." -Wilson Mizener As funny as Mizener's quote is, sleep is no laughing matte...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia -- SPECIAL EDITION -- Marshall Field V: 6 Tips on Chronic Pain

Puja Rios | Posted 08.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

Chronic Pain is brutal, unpredictable, exhausting and of course, really painful. Somedays it feels a tornado ravaged my body, leaving nothing but wrec...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Sign the National Pain Strategy White House Petition

Puja Rios | Posted 08.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

In fifteen seconds you can become a champion of 100 million Americans suffering with an invisible illness. Almost 33% of the population and 50% of re...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia -- SPECIAL EDITION -- Marshall Field V: 40 Years of Chronic Pain, A Lifetime Of Success

Puja Rios | Posted 08.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

What do you think of when you hear the words, Marshall Field? The department store, The Chicago-Sun Times, the World Wildlife Fund or any of these Ame...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 7 -- 4 Relationship Saving Tips for Loved Ones of Chronic Pain Sufferers

Puja Rios | Posted 07.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

"Me vs. Fibromyalgia" is an in-depth, one-of-a-kind series designed to give readers and warriors affected by Fibromyalgia a comprehensive look into th...

Phantom Child: Mourning Motherhood

Joanna Charnas | Posted 06.29.2016 | Women
Joanna Charnas

I will always be grateful to my former husband for keeping his word about having a child and allowing me to make the decision to give up this dream. Quietly and repeatedly, he asked how I could raise a child when I struggled to take care of myself. Eventually I realized he was right.

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 6 -- What Happened When I Tried Something TOTALLY Different

Puja Rios | Posted 07.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

"Me vs. Fibromyalgia" is an in-depth, one-of-a-kind series designed to give readers and warriors affected by Fibromyalgia a comprehensive look into th...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 5 -- 5 Ways to Say Thank You to Your Partner (That Won't Hurt a Bit)

Puja Rios | Posted 06.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

"Me vs. Fibromyalgia" is a biweekly, one-of-a-kind series designed to give readers and warriors affected by Fibromyalgia a comprehensive look into the...

Small Miracles Ensure My Survival

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 05.26.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Nika C. Beamon

Whether I'm getting a helping hand from a neighbor, taking pills to ease the symptoms of my condition, accepting an arm of support from a mother, or receiving a grace period from a meter maid, I believe, all the little acts make each day bearable, brighter, and better than the day before; these are my miracles.

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 4 -- 10 Do's and Dont's When Someone You Love Has a Flare Up

Puja Rios | Posted 05.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

"Me vs. Fibromyalgia" is a biweekly, one-of-a-kind series designed to give readers and warriors affected by Fibromyalgia a comprehensive look into the...

25 Things People With Fibromyalgia Want You To Know

Puja Rios | Posted 05.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

"Me vs. Fibromyalgia" is a biweekly, one-of-a-kind series designed to give readers and warriors affected by Fibromyalgia a comprehensive look into the...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 3 -- Doc Appointments, You Are Your Own Best Advocate

Puja Rios | Posted 05.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

If you aren't getting the results you're looking for, I encourage you to keep fighting. Keep looking, keep an open mind and don't compromise. If you know you can do more, do it. This condition can be managed and you can live a better life.

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 2 -- Your Rheumatologist... The Secret Sauce

Puja Rios | Posted 05.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

Part of my mission is to bring the Fibromyalgia Survivor community together to offer real support and encouragement to one another. You can be part of this movement by sharing your story too. Have you found the right doctor for your wants and needs? Please tell us your story in the conversation below, let's talk about it.

How I Learned to Appreciate Nancy Reagan and Hair Spray

Joanna Charnas | Posted 03.07.2017 | Style
Joanna Charnas

Living with a chronic illness, as I do, is not always about managing big issues like medications and treatment options or about maintenance of adequat...

3 Reasons I am Distinctly Abled - The Underestimation of Disability in Business

Jay Crisp Crow | Posted 02.28.2017 | Business
Jay Crisp Crow

Here's a list (extensive but not exclusive) of things I am totally rocking at that will help your business: - Using the resources I have to cr...

An Alert, Well-Hydrated Artist in No Acute Distress--Episode Thirteen: Wanting to Believe

Catherine Armsden | Posted 02.03.2017 | Women
Catherine Armsden

A serial about two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding cr...