Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Blessings and Combat Boots

These are my new combat boots covered in beautiful pink roses.  I figured if I must battle my own private war with fibromyalgia, pernicious anemia, hypothyroidism, vitamin D deficiency and a multitude of endocrine problems I at least deserve my very own combat boots.  

It is true that when you are sick you are fighting a battle.  It can sometimes be a very lonely and isolating battle with few to champion you along the way.  I don't always talk about how I feel to others and for the most part people in my life are unaware that I am sick.  That everyday I fight my own battle to get up and move about and do the things that I need to do, that I must do.  I have chosen to keep my problems to myself.  I am very cognisant that we all have our battles to fight.  I am no different besides I tire of telling the story.  It is hard to explain and usually the response I get is "but you look great".  Being sick is part of me, it is my battle and I chose to fight it in my own way.  

Recently a very sweet person emailed me to say she had been praying for me.  She knew not why she felt she needed to pray for me but she just did it anyway.  During this time I was very sick and I was also upset that I was feeling this bad yet again. I would wake up so extremely sick and everything would hurt.  When I say everything hurt, I mean any stimuli such as light, sound and touch.  Every fiber of my being hurt from my head to deep inside my bones.  My muscles and joints screamed at me when I moved.  My head hurt and I experienced severe brain fog and the list goes on.   I would know the minute I woke up how bad it is going to be on any given day.  However, recently something has changed all that, at least for now. So , I wanted to send out a very special thank you to my friend for her prayers and for all my lovely friends that keep me in their prayers.

I have been sick for 16 years and there are always ups and downs to how this thing works for me.  I take the good days and the bad days and I do the best I can do with them.   I have all sorts of endocrine problems and to top it off I have a cholesterol problem.  The cholesterol problem has kind of always taken a  back seat to the many and varied other things on my list of problems.  High cholesterol runs in my family on both sides.  I can not take statins, they completely strip me of any quality of life.  I took them for a time and suffered from myopathy so badly that I could no longer function.  So now I am using Niacin which is a B vitamin and although it is working a little, it is not enough to combat the cholesterol problem.  A very dear and good friend of mine said you know I take fish oil (Omega 3) and I told her that I hated the taste of it.  You know those fishy burps, yuck....  Anyway, I found an Omega 3 that surprisingly does not leave me with that fishy taste in my mouth, so I started taking them everyday.  Now I have been told many times by my Doctor to take Omega 3 but every time I start I end up putting them down, so I knew it would be okay to take them.  

I am going into my 3rd week taking the Omega 3 and I feel different and I mean different in a good way.  I don't yet know if it is actually helping with the cholesterol (that test will be done later) but it seems the Omega 3 has done some other things for me.  I first noticed that I was waking up and I did not feel sick.  That is usually my first indication that I am going to be very sick that day.  I noticed I was jumping out of bed and getting dressed and I felt pretty good.  Not 100% but so much better than before.  I notice little things like my hair and nails were growing beautifully.  My skin feels softer and I have better coloring in my face. I was able to do things I have not done in a long time.  I have been working in my yard doing things like mowing the grass, repairing our fence and staining it and cleaning out all sorts of closets and drawers.  

So last night I did a web search to see exactly what Omega 3's do for you.  I was shocked when I found that Omega 3 helps with autoimmune diseases, fibromyalgia, brain fog (I so hate brain fog), cognitive processes, smooth joint and muscle functioning, and the list goes on.  This research validated what I had already been experiencing.  I keep thinking how come no one ever told me the benefits of taking Omega 3?  I have seen so many Doctors during the last 16 years and not one of them has ever told met that Omega 3 could help with my illnesses.  Having said that, it matters not because now I know.  What a difference this Omega 3 has made in my life.  I will continue to note how everything goes over time but for now it seems to be helping.  In a word I have been blessed and I am thankful for the prayers, friends and the Omega 3.   

May you always be the victor in all your day to day battles. 
God Bless


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  1. Beverly,
    Hugs to you sweetie...
    and I'm buying some Omega 3 as soon as you tell me what brand you use!!!! I think both Gregg and I need to be on them!!
    Thanks so much,

  2. Beverly,
    I am so glad to hear that the omega 3's are helping you. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 1992. Started a Comprehensive Elimination Diet Nov. 4, 2010 and have been pain free since. I have the story and a link to the diet on my blog if you want to check it out.

    God bless


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