Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Not So Rich Look at a Billionaire's Viewpoint

I know this article sounds COMPLETELY off topic and borders on politics.  Politics is something that I don't really discuss much here on this blog because I feel opinions are like belly buttons.  Everyone's got one and sometimes the discussions can get so heated that an "innie" winds up having an "outy".

My personal opinion on politics is that politics suck.  The parties never seem to agree and they constantly bicker and never get any work done.  I know that if I pulled half the stunts the politicians have pulled in the past several years at MY job, I would have been fired.  But that's what makes them different-- they can sit on a law or policy, refuse to work across party lines, and STILL have job security because elections are only done every couple of years.

I think a lot of people are as fed up with me when it comes to politics and big business.  I'd say the economy-- but let's face it-- the economy IS big business.  They are the ones calling the shots-- not the little guy.  Which leads me to this article from the richest woman in the world...
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/drink-less-more-billionaire-tells-152654355.html

I must admit that I got a chuckle from this one because it reminds me of another historical line, "Let them eat cake."  Both lines were spouted from people who are complete morons when it comes to what society is really going through.  And what's worse, if people really believed their statements to be true, we might have an even worse problem on our hands.

I'm sorry, but "working harder" doesn't get you rich.  Working harder can get you sick, but it doesn't make you rich.  I understand that rich people take risks with money, that's how they get rich.  The thing is, most average hard working people aren't going to have enough cash on them to take high risks.  This is where other people come in.  Rich people have a lot of friends who have been willing to help them succeed along the way and not all hard working people have that luxury.

So if you tell people to just stop having a life and go to work, that's okay, but expect ramifications.  Why?  People ARE working and they are WORKING too much.  The average work week isn't 40 hours anymore.  In fact, I'm not even 40 yet and I don't ever remember working only 40 hours at a full time job.  Those days went by the wayside long before the 90's came around and were replaced with 80-90 hour work weeks.  This constant working (and obviously HUGE dependance on big business to fuel and feed us) has made society as a whole a lot more stressed than even a generation ago.  Stress leads to disease, and disease leads to high health care costs.  These costs aren't going to bode well for businesses, nor will it for society when the sickened individual has to go on short or long-term disability. 

Most of my readers know that I had to quit my 18 year career, but what you may not know is that I'm glad I had to quit.  That JOB would have killed me because they were asking for way too much from any one particular individual.  Some of you may disagree with me and say, "Hey Kim, it was a job and you got paid so you should have done everything they asked of you no matter what."  I'm sorry, but when a job asks you to give up 5 weeks of vacation that you don't get paid for, to stay till 1 am and come in for 9 am the next day, pull you from your unpaid lunches, and lift heavy objects that weigh more than you do on your own, they are not looking out for your well being as a valued employee.  They are looking for an extremely cheap way to make more money-- period.   

That job, and that job alone, caused a lot of my Fibromyalgia problems because I was young and stupid and DID do everything they asked of me.  And because of that, I'm convinced that if I stayed, I wouldn't be able to walk today.  No amount of money is worth my mobile freedom.  I'm glad I quit and allowed myself the decency to be able to have a life that's somewhat free.  I may not ever know what it's like to live a life pain-free, but I can at least walk which is a HUGE improvement from 2005 when I couldn't.

So, to all of the billionaires out there that think we not so rich folk are jealous, please do me a favor, live, learn, love, and find some kind of fabulous for yourselves and your families.  We aren't jealous of your money.  We prefer our time, something that is FAR more precious than that worthless paper you think we seek. 

Stay Fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley


Fibromyalgia does not hinder Concord artist's passion for painting - ContraCostaTimes.com

Fibromyalgia does not hinder Concord artist's passion for painting - ContraCostaTimes.com: Fibromyalgia does not hinder passion for painting

Saturday, August 18, 2012

LiquidCMO Formulation Gives Dramatic Results For Fibromyalgia Patients

This press release looks promising, however, the studies done do not state the number of participants.  I don't like press releases that don't state the facts-- that's a personal pet peeve of mine.  I shouldn't have to find the facts-- they should be there in the release-- but that's me.  And as far as the numbers go, it's a bit scary that they don't post them.

HOWEVER, MSM can help Fibro sufferers.  That has been proven and I've even used it myself when I've had inflamed joints.  It did take a week or two, though for me to feel better once on MSM.   So if you decide to go that route-- wait at least two weeks before deciding it's not right for you.

A word of caution though, this site is only worth looking into if it's affordable for you.  I say that because personally, at least from my stand point, it's a little high. The cheapest bottle is $92.00 for about a two week supply (16 days).  Now that may seem harsh and I don't mean to begrudge people of their lively hood but let's face it-- having Fibro is expensive.

My Tremedol cost about $200 when I was taking it as a newly diagnosed Fibromite.  That was too much of an out-of-pocket expense for me and my family.  I actually stopped taking it because of the side effects AND the cost.  I'm glad I'm drug-free-- don't misunderstand-- but I also feel it's wrong for companies to charge high prices on drugs AND supplements. 

Many of these supplements on the market today can be grown in own backyards if we had the strength to do so!  We all have our good days and bad ones, but it just seems like we'd be better off having good days.  It's a WHOLE lot cheaper!

Again, I don't want to begrudge people of their lively hood and I think it's a good concept so I'll let you all be the judge...
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/8/prweb9798145.htm

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Fibro and Attitude

I was in a conversation with a friend of mine the other day and the topic was about attitude.  She compared me to another friend of hers who had Fibromyalgia and said, "Kim, don't take this the wrong way, but you just seem to have a better attitude about your illness.  My friend gets too caught up in what she can't do and can't eat and she just seems miserable all the time."

Being the person I am, I tried to brush off the compliment.  I'm not one for accepting them well.  I'm me, a human being and I may do some things well, but I've been known to screw up too.  And when I screw up it's usually bad so compliments are not something that I've gotten used to.

But something else was hard about that compliment and that was the fact that someone else was suffering.  They were feeling down and out about their disease, possibly even overwhelmed.  We've all been there.  We've felt bad about having to change our lifestyles from a fast-paced type A personality to a B.  That can make anyone feel down but if you add the long list of foods that should be avoided into the mix it can make people discouraged and depressed.

My friend who complimented me stumbled upon something that I had forgotten in my years of battling this beast.  Newly diagnosed people will mourn their old life.  They will mourn for minutes, months, or possibly years.  And it all depends upon their attitude.

If someone is generally a positive person in life, mourning what was lost might not take very long at all.  The reason being is because a positive person will tend to find creative ways to incorporate their old life with their new one.  They may make substitutes in their diet by making homemade pasta and avoiding processed ones, or they may even try to continue their favorite activity, like gardening, but at a slower pace.

A person who can't see the silver linings may take a lot longer to mourn their old life.  This is sad but I honestly don't believe they do this because they are negative.  I truly believe that they need more time to process what is going on and they learn differently.  It might even have a lot to do with the fact that no one has ever shown them how to look for silver!  I know I have that problem when it comes to compliments.

So the next time you come across a person with Fibromyalgia who seems to be negative, try helping them find their lining.  For all you know they could lead you to a pot of gold!

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

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