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Retirement, Edge, and Deep Thoughts

Wrestling is not a subject I talk about often on Fibro and Fabulous.  I enjoy the entertainment side of wrestling very much.  My family and I watch RAW and SMACKDOWN faithfully and I've been a fan since childhood.  Something happened this past Monday on RAW that lead me to tears and I don't cry very easily, but this really hit home...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF4Eua3M6R0

Edge (Adam Copeland) is my age and he had to retire from something he loves.  It hurt to watch his speech because he's too young to have to be dealing with a tired, worn-out body.  It's sad to hear him say that he feels he's let his fans down and that he's mad at his body quitting on him.

This wrestler may not have Fibromyalgia-- and really-- let's not spread any rumor of that sort, but he most definitely is going through all of the same emotions that every Fibromite goes through when they have to come to terms with the fact that they can't do what they once did.  I know I went thr…

Down by the Willow Tree

I've been in the process of writing some fiction when it comes to Fibromyalgia.  Yep-- you heard me right, fiction.  I'm not talking about the kind of fiction that some doctors have told sufferers for ages (stating that the pain is all in our head).  No, I'm talking about an actual novel about a gal who struggles with the disease.

The novel, which is based on some facts in my life, shows a person's transformation from being newly diagnosed and depressed to finding out how to feel fabulous.  I couldn't make this novel historically factual.  All of the names have been changed to protect the innocent victims of this disease.  There is however, a lot of love, romance, fun, and tragedy all rolled up into one book.

I'm still in the stages of revision with this novel, and, God willing, an agent will be looking at it at the writer's convention I'm attending in May.  Keep your fingers crossed for me, and if you can, send some good thoughts my way. 

Regardless of…
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/george-heymont/medical-documentarians-pu_b_840446.html

Though the above link only touches on Fibromyalgia in the sense that its symptoms mimic Lyme disease, I wanted to share it all with you.  This link discusses film makers that are trying to put a human face on a search for a cure of many now well known diseases. 

Lyme is discussed because this particular disease, according to the documentary Under Our Skin, has been subjected to insurance companies wanting a profit as opposed to allowing patients' doctors to treat their disease.  This is nothing new.


Illinois just settleed with Blue Cross and Blue Shield to allegations that the large insurance company moved some of their sick child care claims to Medicaid and denied some claims all together.  Blue Cross settled by paying out 25 million.  http://chicagobreakingbusiness.com/2011/02/illinois-blue-cross-settles-claims-it-denied-sick-kids-coverage.html

Surprisingly or not, it's not just the health i…