1. The illnesses I live with is: Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Compressed Cervical Discs, Herniated Lumbar Discs, Hidradenitis Suppurativa, Major Depression
2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 2000
3. But I had symptoms since:: 2000
4. The biggest adjustments I had to make are: Adapting for my lost of range of motion, memory, and hand strength
5. Most people assume: I'm healthy
6. The hardest part about mornings are: Getting dressed has gotten more difficult due to the hand pain, severe pain in my lower back
7. My favorite medical TV show is: I don't have one
8. A gadget I could not live without is: my lobby upright dust pan ~no need for bending to sweep up dirt
9. The hardest part about nights are: relaxing my 'overstimulated' system enough to fall asleep
10. Each day I take 6 pills & vitamins.
11. Regarding alternative treatments : I exercise, diet, mediation, listen to music
12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: invisible illness
13. Regarding working and career: I am no longer working
14. People would be surprised to know: I was once committed to a mental institution
15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: is that my symptoms continue to change as I age
16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was:I can ride a bike
17. The commercials about my illness: They don't apply to me.
18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is:
being able to do more for myself without further injury or pain flare ups
19. It was really hard to have to give up: Actually, it hasn't been that difficult to give up things thanks to continuous counseling
20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: swimming
21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: Really? What's normal? This is my new normal
22. My illness has taught me: Stop blaming myself.
23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: I suffer more than you do since you don't take opioid medication.
24. But I love it when people: You have a wonderful smile.
25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: 'My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness". 2 Corinthians 12:9
26. When someone is diagnosed I like to tell them: I'm sorry to hear that.
27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: How much time it takes up managing it. Woo.
28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I didn’t feeling well: My husband took the day off, made me lunch and we watched a funny movie together.
29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: to learn, to educate, to spread awareness
30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: Great. Now, that you're finished reading my list, go out there and have a terrific day.