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VADiva Patient Expert

Winnipeg, Canada
I am an entrepreneur and mom of 4 wonderful children and 3 fur kids. I was diagnosed in 1998 with Fibromyalgia and diagnosed Decemeber 2008 with essential tremor. I run a blog called www.paradigmdiva.com about learning to live and work with a chronic illness and another blog,... Full Bio
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Old Skool Style by VADiva Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia Back in the day (late 80’s 0r so) I was able to drink - a lot! I could drink anyone under the table except for my friend Karen - who had a few too many and tripped up a set ... Read on »
Failing with Dignity by VADiva Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia My hub’s cousin L sent this to me yesterday - hilarious! ShareThis Read on »
Quote this… by VADiva Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” ~Proverbs 17:22 ShareThis Read on »
Sometimes Revelations Come at the Oddest Times by VADiva Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia So I’m on the treadmill, busting to my ass to work of a full year of a complete junk food diet and I have this lightning bolt moment - one of those scary and unsettling mome ... Read on »
The Fibro Shuffle by VADiva Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia I’ve been having some really great days lately - energy levels are up since I cut down on my sugar intake, and overall I’ve been feeling pretty good. There have been occasi ... Read on »
Quote this… by VADiva Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, ‘Oh yes — I alre ... Read on »
Heartfelt Thanks by VADiva Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia I want to take the time to say thank you to my VA friends and colleagues who have been so supportive of me.  My husband’s grandfather passed away last Wednesday and though h ... Read on »
Fibro Improves with Anti-depressant Therapy by VADiva Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia A study published in the 14 January 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that “ Antidepressant medications are associated with improvemen ... Read on »
Goodbye George by VADiva Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia My husband’s grandfather passed away this afternoon, and I need to write. I met my darling grampa in 1999, when my husband and I came to Winnipeg to have a social to cele ... Read on »
Adventures in Respiridone by VADiva Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia Oiy! I know that new drugs can take a couple weeks to become effective, depending on dosage and such, but the newest addition to the drug cocktail is giving me fits. I ha ... Read on »
Fibromyalgia Associated with Impaired Balance & Falls by VADiva Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia This is part of fibro that I experience on a pretty regular basis - the horrible dizzy spells that lead to my wanting frequent flyer miles from the MRI unit at St. Boniface ... Read on »
A small glimpse into the world in which I live by VADiva Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia As I wrote that headline my high school English teacher popped into my head and she would be proud of my correct usage of the English language.  Sorry, Ms. H - that’s all fo ... Read on »
Keeping Your Brain Flexible by VADiva Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia On days when I have literally no energy to do anything, I try to make sure that at least I’m keeping my brian active. I am a Sudoku fanatic, often tackling up to 20 puzzl ... Read on »
Fibromyalgia Trigger Points by VADiva Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain across the body - with a number of trigger points. Clinical diagnosis is defined as having 11 of 18 positive trigger poin ... Read on »
The Lengthy Symptom list for Fibromyalgia by VADiva Patient Expert 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia The guides to FMS at about.com have put together a rather exhaustive list of FMS symptoms that has completely knocked my sox off. Here is their list: General Fibromyal ... Read on »
Fibromyalgia Research in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine by VADiva Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia [The] results show that brain perfusion abnormalities in patients with fibromyalgia are correlated with the clinical severity of the disease. FIQ total score was po ... Read on »
Fibromyalgia - Mayo Clinic Style by VADiva Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia I’m not sure how you type a raspberry but I would love to address those who told me for the past 10 years that they are WRONG! Fibromyalgia EXISTS and is REAL! Neener nee ... Read on »
Quote this… by VADiva Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion. ~American businessman Jim Rohn ShareThis Read on »
Patients Like Me by VADiva Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia I found a fabulous new site for people with chronic illnesses called www.patientslikeme.com It contains several forums for a number of conditions and I was thrilled to fi ... Read on »
Yahoo Travel Customer Service is TERRIBLE! by VADiva Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia What an ordeal! We booked travel for August 08 via Yahoo Travel, thinking it would be easier to book thru their travel service than by chasing hotels on our own. Turns ... Read on »