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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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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 »
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 »
Black Friday turns Bleak by VADiva Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia Attention Long Island WalMart Shoppers: Was the Black Friday deal you received worth it?  A man died for your greed. And when the store was locked down, you all booed ... Read on »
Chronic Illness and Access to Healthcare by VADiva Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia People with a chronic illness are not, and should never be treated as, second class citizens. We deserve the same health care as any able-bodied citizen around. We should ... 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
New blog name, same focus by VADiva Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia You have probably noticed that I’ve renamed the blog from Balance Diva to Paradigm Diva.  It’s all about shifting thinking about everything from motherhood to home-based bus ... Read on »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Setbacks and whining! by VADiva Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia Boy was hubby glad he was away for this!*lol Unfortunately, I’ve had a setback.  I have a hugely painful infection in my left ear that has left me deaf on that side for a ... Read on »