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Fibromyalgia Patient
Covington, KY


I am 45 and have had Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue for 16 years. I have worked for 23 years straight. I have no social life. The little energy I have is used to hold down a job and keep a roof over my head. I sleep and work and sleep and work and on my off days do laundry and as much of my personal resposibilities as possible, which most of the time I don't get done. What a way to live ! I don't "look" sick so I get very little understanding from Dr.'s and people in general. There is so much in this wonderful world that I want to experience but I can't. I am so grateful I have no husband or family because I could not take care of them the way I would want to. In order to get disability I must be off work one year before applying and will most likely get turned down at least once. A single person cannot take one year off work. I have had to go to lower paying positions because I can not handle the stress of higher paying jobs. I have no energy to fight the system. Someday I guess I will just fall down in the street and die.

YOUR STORIES
Karin M. Amour, Fibromyalgia
Lyssa Bode, Chronic Fatigue Immune Disfunction Syndrome
Frankie Campling, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Laura Cerasuolo, Fibromyalgia/Myofacialsyndrome
Karen Cerio, Fibromyalgia
Rhonda Dewinter, Various Immune Diseases
Jennifer Embree, Fibromyalgia/Raynaud's Syndrome
Lynne Enman, Turner Syndrome/Various
Fibromyalgia Patient, Covington, KY
John Kennedy, Chronic Fatigue Immune Disfunction Syndrome
Susan Larick, Fibromyalgia
Melissa Lawler, Fibromyalgia
Irene Leeder, Fibromyalgia/Various
Cait Lommel, Pseudotumor Cerebri
Jennifer Munn, Chronic Lyme Disease
Robin Poole, Fibromyalgia/Lupus
Pam Schmidt, Phenylketonuria
Lynn Tonoli, Various
Various Patient, Haughton, LA
Suzanne Witt, Muscular Dystrophy/Fibromyalgia

ARCHIVED STORIES

WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Jose Pedro Greer, Physician
W.F. Nagle, Physician
Ronda Riebman, Exercise
Cathleen Schilling, Case Manager
Jim Sykes

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