May 12th, which happened a few days ago, is the official Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, chosen because it was also Florence Nightingale's birthday. Naturally this is a day of reflection for me. Fibromyalgia is a rough condition to deal with. After all, it's an incurable, little-understood chronic pain and fatigue disorder, and every single one of those words brings new complications and struggles to the stage. So, as a disability rights activist and a fibromyalgia sufferer, I'm here to share a little bit about the condition.
Read my own story of how I developed and got diagnosed with fibromyalgia here. For a roundup of all my posts, past and future, about chronic illnesses like fibromyalgia, click here. A good website for general information about this condition can be accessed here, and if you'd like to buy fibro-themed products to share the love and help the cause, head over here.
Now, to share some images and memes related to the cause! Our official color is purple and the butterfly functions as our symbol. Check it out!
Images via zazzle.com, mollysfund.org, jenniferreeves.hubpages.com, psychologytoday.com, patientslikeme.com, and alifewellred.com.