Today is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day and I am spreading awareness through my blog and on Twitter. The theme of this year's awareness campaign is Make Fibromyalgia Visible , which got me thinking about all the ways fibromyalgia affects my day-to-day life. I started composing this Top Ten list in my head yesterday. Hopefully all the wittiest items made it out of my head and into this post...
Top Ten Signs You Are Living with Fibromyalgia
The first thing you do when you enter a room is look for a place to sit down.
You keep a rolling walker in the car, a cane by the door and a mobility scooter in the garage.
You find yourself frequently asking your spouse, "Please bring me the thing. You know, the whosy whatsit. Arrgh. You know what I mean. The whatchamacallit! "
You calculate whether you can meet a friend for coffee or see a new doctor based on your "comfortable driving distance."
You realize that most of your hobbies involve your television, your TiVo and your computer.
You only buy relaxed fit pants with pockets, comfortable t-shirts and leisure bras. You have put everything form-fitting, sexy and revealing in mothballs.
You made a t-shirt that says, "I'm not lazy, I'm pacing myself."
You walk your dog using a mobility scooter.
You accept that a good night's sleep means fall asleep before 6 a.m. and getting up sometime in the afternoon.
You don't care anymore if your family or friends believe you have fibromyalgia because all your new friends believe you because they are people living with it each and every day too.