Saturday, December 27, 2014

Roasted Duck in Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Roasted Duck in a Cranberry Sauce


This is a great recipe for any leftovers you may have from a Christmas dinner. I was taught how to cook by my Italian/Austrian Grandmother. She was truly talented and could make a seven course Mediterranean meal out of almost nothing in the fridge. I owe a lot to her because she made me feel very capable and comfortable in the kitchen. 

But lately, though, I've missed my other heritage. So for the past few years, I've been traditionally making roasted duck l'Orange for Christmas to incorporate my Dutch, Irish, and Swedish roots. I find it's the best way I can honor my other Grandmother, who typically made traditional Irish meals.

The duck this year was large and we had a lot left over so I decided to create a unique dish for lunch the following day. This dish is quite easy to make and you can substitute any fruit or veggie you'd like, I just happened to have cranberries left over and added them.

The ingredient portions will very depending on how much you have left over, but when you add rice to anything, it will make the dish a meal. This dish can certainly be modified to add greens like broccoli or spinach to add more color. I just didn't have that left over when I made this. And you could also substitute pasta for the rice. I personally am staying away from pastas at the moment because I'm finding that most gluten (even the little you'd find in gluten-free pasta) is causing my stomach to be upset.


Duck breast, shredded 

One tablespoon orange sauce

4 ounces of cranberry sauce

1 cup cooked basmati rice 

1 onion, diced and sauteed in 1 tablespoon of ghee 


Prepare the rice according to directions. Saute diced onion in a large skillet with the ghee until translucent. Mix together the cranberries, orange sauce, shredded duck, and cooked rice and cook until heated through. Season to taste and enjoy! 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Pfizer Reports Positive Results From Phase III Trial of Pregabalin

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Fibromyalgia, A Real Medical Disease

I really find this study very interesting. A couple of years back my husband and I had to have a blood test for a new life insurance policy and we were mailed the results. In those results I was told that my cytokines levels were consider "high".

They were not alarming, in fact, they were just slightly above average, but I thought it was high enough for me to research why this abnormality may have occurred for me.

My research didn't amount to much two years ago because all I could find was information on RA. I was not diagnosed with RA and thought I might have possibly tested false-positive at the time. But these findings have me thinking much differently now!

I hope this is looked into further and will eventually become a standard to help all sufferers get diagnosed within a matter of months and not years. That would be most refreshing for us all!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Fibromyalgia and Pregnancy is Now Available

It's FINALLY here! The latest book in the Fibro and Fabulous Series is here!

Fibromyalgia and Pregnancy by Amanda Kimberley LB

Fibromyalgia and Pregnancy is Amanda Kimberley's third and latest book to the Fibro and Fabulous Series and discusses what every Fibro Mom should know about pregnancy. It offers tips and tricks to help alleviate both Fibromyalgia and pregnancy symptoms through extensive research and real-life experience.

Kindle Exclusive: $2.99
Print Book: $9.99

ISBN: 978-0692335499

Buy Links Available Through Amazon Author Page:

Buy Links Available Through Barnes and Noble Author Page:

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Food Allergies and Elimination Diets

Before you chalk your food allergies up to being only a wheat problem, you may want to extend your elimination diet into including water, fruits, and veggies!

Many people, especially Fibro sufferers have been going on elimination diets to see if certain foods are the culprits to their problems. Most have found wheat to be a big issue and once they eliminate that, they start to feel better.

However, there are a select few that still have symptoms, and for those people it has been frustrating because everything seems to bother them. These people may find some relief if they look to their water intake.

A new study finds that pesticides in tap water, fruits, and vegetables may be playing a larger role in America's food allergy epidemic. According to (, a study published by Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology states that dichlorophenols, a chemical used to chlorinate water and also used in pesticides, is possibly weakening food tolerance in some people. The article goes further in stating that food and environmental allergies are now so common in the US that 15 million Americans have at least one of these allergies.

So should one make the switch to bottled water in hopes of eliminating the problem? Chances are good that you might not. According to the findings pesticides used on fruits and vegetables are causing more of the damage.

I am personally one of those few that seem to be getting an allergic reaction from everything I'm eating. And though I try very hard to eat as healthy and as clean as I can, I'm finding it tough, like most, to buy everything organic.

And with findings like these, I just may start an indoor hydroponic garden! Wish me luck!

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Suffered Long Enough: A Physician's Journey of Overcoming Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, & Lyme by William Rawls MD

For patients suffering from chronic fatigue, Fibromyalgia, or Lyme disease, life can be extremely frustrating. Doctor visits that never yield a clear diagnosis, drug therapy that leaves you feeling weak and exhausted, and medical bills that you can never seem to pay off. Fortunately, Dr. Rawls is a physician who has discovered a path of natural healing–having struggled with Lyme disease himself–and has since dedicated his life to helping others overcome chronic illness. If you have suffered long enough and you are ready to embark on the path of natural healing, the search is over—follow the lead and guidance of a physician who has been there.

Dr. Rawls is a board certified gynecologist who received his training from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine (at Wake Forest University). He has also undergone extensive training in herbal and alternative medicine and oversees two wellness-based practices in North Carolina.
For more information on Dr. William Rawls please visit:

Suffered Long Enough is available on:

I will post my review of this book within the coming couple of months, till then, please enjoy the blurb and bio.

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


Friday, October 10, 2014

Book: Nightmares and Dreams

Nightmares of being raped as a teenager have haunted Christy for years. She’s tried to run and hide from them to no avail. Over the years pain has taken its toll, until she finally has enough and moves back to her hometown of Moneta, Virginia to be with the woman she loves. After being away for six years, facing her fears and being in Heather’s arms again gives her hope for a normal life.
Once she realizes that running away doesn’t really solve everything, Christy deals with the mental fears as well, seeking professional help. Everything begins to fall into place. Christy is with Heather and doing what she loves most, teaching.

Christy has reasons to smile again…until a horrendous hate crime is committed which specifically targets homosexuals. The roller coaster ride that Christy and Heather will unwillingly have to experience will be like nothing they have ever encountered before.
Men, who are nothing short of monsters continue their rage by kidnapping Christy and taking her off into the hills. Being held captive in an old hunting cabin, her earlier nightmares dwindle in comparison to what she has to endure. Christy is faced with a life or death situation. With her fears becoming reality, can Christy overcome the odds stacked against her, or will the monsters kill her before she can return to Heather’s loving embrace? 

I am currently reading this book that I had purchased and I find it very thought provoking. Christy's character resonates with me because of my own experiences with rape. Author JamieLynn really understands what goes through a victim's mind. It's a book I wish I didn't want to put down, but unfortunately had to from time to time so my children could eat and get to school on time. I look forward to reading more from JaimeLynn in the future.

The book is available on Amazon:

About the author:
Jamie Lynn Boothe (1967- present)was born in Roanoke Virginia and grew up in a small town not far from there called Moneta Virginia. Currently living in Torrington, CT, Jamie Lynn spends her time, when she isn't working, writing on a new novel. She also tries to spend a little time with friends.

Writing a novel has been a life-long dream and there are many to come. Art, comedy and dramatic romance movies, romance novels, cats and time with friends are some of her favorite things. She currently has her first novel, Nightmares and Dreams with her publisher. She also has others in the works such as the sequel to Nightmares and Dreams, a romantic series, a trilogy and more.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Lymes Disease

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Recognized Again

Fibro and Fabulous has been recognized again as a blog worth checking out. Thank you readers! This honor wouldn't be possible without any of you!

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


Friday, September 26, 2014

NEWS Author Signing Event Oct 4, 2014

This book, along with several others, will be at a 40% discount at the NEWS Oct 4 signing in Worcester, MA. I'll also be handing out some very unique swag, holding a giveaway, and giving out a free eBook teaser of #ForeverBound, the prequel to #ForeverFriends, with each newsletter signup. By sure to stop by and say hello to me at table 28.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Possible Fibromyalgia and Heart Disease Link

I must admit that there are times when I don't want to look at studies about Fibromyalgia because I come across things like these. It's scary to think that this is possible since FM attacks men and women at usually such a young age.

One can only hope that all of these studies bring us closer to a cure!

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The New Edition

I've been working hard updating it and now it's finally here! Fibromyalgia and Sex Can Be a Pain in the Neck Second Edition is now available in for purchase through Amazon in print and digital format. It will be available through other channels at a later time.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Dementia, A Child's Perspective

I can relate to how horrible this diagnosis must have been for him. It's by NO MEANS fun-- neither is Alzheimer's, a close cousin. It's a sad thing to say but, I'm just kind of grateful that my mom was not clinically depressed along with her diagnosis. It gave me some more years to talk and relate to her and find out what made her sick. 

She was very tight lipped about it. She kept EVERYTHING inside. It wasn't until I reached drinking age that she'd open up. We'd go out from time to time or stay home and share a bottle. At that time she was very open. It's sad that it took that, but sometimes it does.

My heart goes out to the Robin Williams family. It is not easy to deal with any kind of dementia. I have a second cousin, a Great Aunt, a deceased Grandfather, and a Mother with similar forms of dementia and Parkinson's. I am so sorry that your father made the decision he made. 

BUT please understand, it's a normal process everyone diagnosed with that will go through. My Mom, who has Alzheimer's even questioned it and I was worried too with her depression. We ALL NEVER think it will happen. 

We ALL think it will be okay, but sometimes it happens. And you should NEVER-- NOT EVER blame yourself. I am SO SORRY it happened to you! YOU HAVE no idea! 

I stayed up late with my Mom, just as I'm sure you did with your Dad, when she was depressed trying to deal with what was happening to her, and sadly, I could never convince her to go to a doctor. I don't know if you could. But parents are a PITA (PAIN IN THE ASS). 

I'm sure that Robin Williams's kids felt the same way I do. 

I feel guilty because I was at least there in the beginning and the middle when she knew who I was. And I was trying, and trying real hard, to make sure she was in as good of spirits as I could get her to be in before she forgot me. Now? We are all nurses to her. It's tough! May God give the Williams family a ton of strength during this time of grief.

Stay FABULOUS!!!!!!!
 Love and friendship,

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Reader Casualties in the Amazon/Hachette War

WARNING! THIS IS A LONG ONE AND IS OFF TOPIC! I don't know if any readers out there are following the whole Amazon and Hatchette war. Today I received a letter from Amazon and you can read the letter here: The problem I have is not about authors getting fair pay. We ALL deserve to be paid for our work, if and only if, we choose to. Some authors would like to offer work for free because it is their way of giving back and I don't begrudge them of that. MY problem with this is that this fight will hurt readers' buying power. I remember a time when I used to be able to go to a book store and purchase a lot of books in both hard cover and paperback. I was in my glory in those days, but as the prices skyrocketed, and my funds grew smaller because of bigger responsibilities, I found I could no longer read because I just couldn't afford to. I didn't think it was fair back then to be denied my pleasure of reading, and frankly, to be denied my pleasure of paying the author for their hard work! Sure I could go to the library, but the author doesn't get a cent from me taking out a book. That's not fair! I first got published in a local paper at the age of 9 and I'm a now a nationally recognized writer for my articles, blog, and books on Fibromyalgia. BUT just because I'm recognized it DOES NOT mean I have a right to over charge people who want to read my books! These people who suffer from chronic disease are already suffering high medical costs-- why on Earth would I want to burden them any deeper? And it's not just the Fibro community, many others will be denied access to reading if prices go through the roof. Big book companies forget that kids read too and kids are limited to what their school or their parent can afford to put in front of them. Is it fair to "dumb down" our growing society just to make money now? What happens when these "dumb downed" children grow up? Do you think they will have money for books? NO THEY WON'T because they won't have good paying jobs to buy books! Reading is very important for growing children and very important for adults wanting to continue to exercise their brain. It is a proven fact that Alzheimer's can be prevented if you read, do cross word puzzles, etc. Are big book companies thinking about that? OF COURSE NOT! They want their money now and they don't care about the consequences this may cause our society or even their pocketbooks down the line! And finally, are big book companies thinking about crime? Surely we as a society have more than enough crime. Why add to it by denying books to the ones who need them the most! There is a community trying very hard to promote literacy because they have linked high illiteracy to high crime rate! Here's a little about this organization: The Book 'Em Foundation was founded by suspense author p.m.terrell and Waynesboro, Virginia Police Officer Mark Kearney as a partnership between authors and law enforcement. The mission of The Book 'Em Foundation is to raise public awareness of the correlation between high illiteracy rates and high crime rates. The Book 'Em North Carolina annual event brings together at least 75 authors under one roof to speak on a variety of subjects and to sell their books. A portion of the proceeds raised from the event (a minimum of 40%) is given to the community - Robeson County and Lumberton, North Carolina - for the purpose of increasing literacy and reducing crime. For more information on Book 'Em Foundation please visit their site! And also please consider sending a letter to Hachette if you are a passionate reader that doesn't want to see eBook prices skyrocketing to an average of $14.99 to $19.99 per book. Authors are caught in the middle of this. Some are under contract and are not capable of telling off the big book companies. Many indie authors like myself are trying to fight this, but ultimately it really is going to come down to the readers and what they are willing to pay for a book.

We Have Winners!

We have winners for the #ForeverFriends Book Giveaway! Congrats to Catherine Lee, Paula Johnson Harp, and Jessica Collamati! I have sent you all a message with the emails you provided. Please respond to them with your contact info so I can get the goodies out to you!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Guest Author Jennifer Beilis

Guest Author Jennifer Beilis has stopped by Fibro and Fabulous today to talk a little about her latest book Hear I Am!!

“Hear” I Am!! “is a powerful book that shows the author Jennifer Beilis’ strength, perseverance, and optimism. “There are many traits that she has exhibited throughout her long-term battle with hearing loss, disability and illness. In the face of great challenges that would defeat even the strongest and healthiest of people, Jenny has found ways to repeatedly survive, redirect her life, and flourish.

Book Link:

About the Author:

 Jennifer Beilis received her Associate’s degree in Social Sciences from Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey. She also earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey and her Masters degree in Education and Deafness Rehabilitation, SCPI (Sign Language Proficiency Interview) from New York University in New York. “She has weathered more storms than most people. Yet, she still perseveres and conquers her fears, never letting an ounce of weakness tell her that she cannot do something… Because she knows that she can.” – P. S., College graduate in New Jersey.

Facebook Fanpage:
Amazon Author Page:

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Power Morcellator Under Scrutiny

It isn't everyday that I get an email from someone asking me to post about products or a recent topic concerning health related to chronic disease, but when I do and I research what they have to say, and agree, I feel compelled to post.

This latest email request hits very close to my heart because I know what it's like to experience the pain of menorrhagia and many with Fibromyalgia experience this type of period Menorrhagia is heavy or prolonged periods, and with that, I have also experienced two miscarriages within the past couple of years that required me to have two dilation and curettage, as well. My doctor was, of course, concerned, and rightly so, because this change in me was very sudden.

But through all of the tests, visits, and surgeries, one of the things my doctor was very adamant about was the fact that he did not want to perform a hysterectomy due to my heavy bleeding. He truly feels that hysterectomy should be an absolute last resort, and I agree with him.

Thankfully, I was one of the lucky ones. My issues reversed as soon as I was put on a low dose birth control pill and I changed my diet by eliminating wheat. But some woman are not as lucky and sometimes a hysterectomy is in order.

Hysterectomies are only second to cesarean sections as the most common surgery for women in the US. And by the age of 70, one out of three American women will undergo a hysterectomy. 90 percent of these surgeries are done to remove Fibroids, a non-cancerous tumor found in the uterus, but the other 10 percent of these surgeries include uterine prolapse, cancer, Endometriosis, abnormal vaginal bleeding (menorrhagia), chronic pelvic pain, and Adenomyosis, or a thickening of the uterus.   

Just recently a new study came out about a particular device that is used in the hysterectomy procedure to cut tissue into small pieces to be removed from the body. However, uterine cancers can go undetected before the procedure, and in those cases, the device used may spread cancer to other areas in the woman's body.  A particular type of cancer known as sarcoma is of major concern and is potentially linked as a much higher risk than previously perceived to this device used in the surgery.

The device is called Power Morcellator. A JAMA article written in March of 2014 explains the risks, . Within the past week further articles have come out about this particular device and it is under further scrutiny. So much so, that Johnson and Johnson, one of the manufacturers of this device, has pulled it off the market.

For more information about Power Morcellators, please visit:

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


Monday, July 21, 2014

Book Review of Loving Those With Fibro

Loving Those With Fibro: Caring for those with the invisible diseaseLoving Those With Fibro: Caring for those with the invisible disease by Michael Holien

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this uplifting read. The author really took the time to start understanding what people with Fibromyalgia go through. It's a must read book for everyone who is newly diagnosed and everyone who is a caregiver.

View all my reviews

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

In Case You Missed It

If you missed last month's book launch, have no fear! I'm currently running another giveaway! Look towards the right to enter!

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Please Pardon the Dust

It has come to a point with this blog that a makeover for the website is needed. Fibro and Fabulous has enough posts where I can start to section off pages in dedication of certain topics so it's easier on all of you visitors while you are here perusing.

This process is usually only a small undertaking for large corporations, but it will be a little tougher, and a lot longer of a process for little old me because I'll be up against my writing schedule, family schedule, and of course, my body's schedule. BUT I'm up for the challenge!

My future plans include a separate page for all of my recipes, a tips for coping/daily management of Fibro symptoms page, my day-to-day thoughts in the form of blog entries, as well as, separate pages about my up and coming and published books. I'm also toying with a page geared towards caretakers and partners.

This will be a large undertaking and I want to thank you in advance for your patience, so please, pardon the virtual dust as I clean up and remodel the blogsite for you all!

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Petition to Thank Our Readers

Most people like to blame "the big guys" today because a lot of them are greedy. But as an indie author myself, I can attest to the fact that I make a minimum profit of 35% of the sale of my book through Amazon International and 70% in the US. They are not considered my publisher either. I am my own publisher. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY-- I know EXACTLY what the start up costs of publishing a book are because I pay for those out of my own pocket before the reader even sees the finished product and it's not as expensive as "the big guys" lead you to believe. As a consumer myself, I know how hard it is to afford food and shelter because I've struggled just like you all too. In fact, there are plenty of times that I STILL do. I remember a time when I was a teen and I could walk into a book store and pay a reasonable $5 for a paperback and about 10-15 for a hardcover. This is just simply not true anymore. As an author, it is important to me for all of you to be able to afford my work. I obviously won't make sales if you can't, and this is why (EVEN WITH SHIPPING) my book is in the $15 range and my eBook only costs about $5. I also use writing as a source of income because I am disabled due to Fibromyalgia and can no longer work in my trained profession. If this boycott goes through I will lose both ways of earning an income. So please, join me readers, and sign this petition to gain our independence from people who want us to conform to their wishes.

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Young Living Essential Oils and Jessica Collamati

From time to time I come across people in my everyday life that are doing some amazing things to help Fibro sufferers. And recently I had the pleasure of chatting with just such a lady. 

Her name is Jessica Collamati. She has two sons that she homeschools and she is an independent distributor of Young Living Essential oils.

As many of you know, I'm a BIG fan of integrating alternative therapies with regular therapy when it comes to daily pain management. Essential oils are a big part of therapy for me. I use them in a variety of ways from aroma and massage therapy to cooking and bathing. 

Jessica's essential oils are no different, Young Living started in 1993 as an organic herb farm and and distillery and soon became the largest, most technologically advanced distillery for the production of essential oils in North America.

Ms. Collamati just recently started distributing with this company. She is a huge fan of the oils and uses them for her own chronic pain issues, along with aiding in other aliments like stress reduction. Below is the interview I conducted with Jessica in its entirety.

FF: Jessica, there has been much talk over the past recent years about alternative therapy for Fibro sufferers. Many of us are looking for alternatives to medicines with side effects that are sometimes more painful than the actual disease. One of the alternative therapies is essential oils. Can you explain what essential oils can do for a Fibromyalgia sufferer?

JC: Oh sure! Essential Oils are basically extracts from plants. Extraction can be done by steam distillation or cold pressing. There are many different essential oils with many uses. The oils most used for Fibromyalgia sufferers are Frankincense and Wintergreen. Also used are German Chamomile, Nutmeg, and Idaho Balsam Fir. These oils can be mixed together and massaged in for the best results of alleviating pain. They really get into the muscles and minimize pain by relaxing you and your body naturally.

FF: Massage is always a great thing for Fibro sufferers, and oil is always used for this because it helps massage away the pain and the aroma helps to reduce stress. But are there other ways to use oils that will help people with Fibro?

JC: Massage is definitely one of the best ways to get the essential oils but there are many other ways to get your daily dose of essential oils, including warm compress, ingestion, aroma therapy through a diffuser, and many more. Here's a picture to give an idea of dosage you would use for each application of the oils.

FF: People with Fibromyalgia have a slue of other symptoms besides pain. Some suffer from skin irritations and skin diseases. I, myself, have eczema. Are there any oils that can soothe people with skin issues, and if so, how would you use them?

JC: Essential Oils have a large range of aliments they can help with. For skin irritations the best two I would recommend are Lavender and German Chamomile. These two also will help with the pain, any stress, and other symptoms as well.

FF: According to many health practitioners, Fibromites tend to have a weakened immune system. A weakened immune system is attributed to a lack of vitamins B-12, B-6, and B-9. A B-12 deficiency, something that is very common for even healthy individuals, is also very common for Fibro sufferers. A B-12 shot can help, and so can a multivitamin, but sometimes one wants that extra help during cold and flu season, when everyone, including your kids, have that cold from hell. Onions are great at removing bacteria from a home, but they aren't the best smelling. Are there any essential oils that one can use to help eliminate bacteria from the air in our home?

JC: To give a boost your immune system you can smooth Thieves essential oil on the bottom of your feet each night. You can also use it to clean your home and body. At Young Living we have a whole line of Thieves products including cleaning supplies and hygiene products. You can also use Lemon essential oil to clean your home to keep any bacteria away. And of course Lemon smells delicious too!

FF: Many people who suffer from Fibromyalgia also have chemical sensitivities. I have had to avoid detergent isles in department stores for a good amount of years. And I now either buy mail order all natural household cleaners, or I make them myself using vinegar with a little fresh citrus. But sometimes, I don't have lemons or oranges on hand in the house. Are there any essential oils that can be added to vinegar to make a homemade cleaning product?

JC: Like the last question Thieves and Lemon essential oils are best for cleaning. And with only having to use a few drops, it will be a cheaper decision in the long run than ordering natural household cleaners.

FF: Jessica, it's been wonderful talking with you about one of my FAVORITE subjects! I'm so glad we have had this chance to catch up with your new endeavors! Where can my readers find you on the web for more information about the oils?

JC: My website is, I have a wealth of information about how to use oils for Fibro sufferers and how you can purchase the oils at a huge 24% discount. That's the wholesale price. The cost of feeling better is so high today and I don't wish to make a profit off of someone's pain. I'd like to extend my discount to everyone.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Interview with Dr. Seth Lederman CEO of Tonix Pharmaceuticals

One of the things I enjoy the most about blogging is that I get a chance to talk with some of the most fascinating and brilliant people who are passionate about helping chronic pain sufferers. Recently I've had the pleasure of talking with Dr. Seth Lederman, a rheumatologist and CEO of Tonix Pharmaceuticals.

I have been interested in Tonix for quite some time and had posted a blog entry on 6/28/12 about their initial study for chronic pain sufferers. Their initial target was for Fibro and Post Traumatic Stress and it was going to focus on a medicine geared towards restful sleep that was opiate-free and non-addictive.

Tonix Pharmaceuticals, known as TNXP on Nadaq, as of August 2013, is a rapidly growing company that was founded in 2007 and went to public trade in 2011. It is currently boasting two sites with 13 employees. Manhattan, NY is their main base and San Jose, CA is where they do clinical developmental research.

The drug, which is now in phase 2 of testing, is known by the name of TNX-102SL, and is a tablet that dissolves under the tongue that is taken at bedtime. If this drug does well in trials it will change the landscape for many sufferers because there is currently not much available to help the sufferer that can be taken at night right before bed.

I asked Dr. Lederman why some of the drugs available today don't work for everyone. "I have a great respect for Cypress, Eli Lilly, and Pfizer because their drugs changed the landscape for Fibromyalgia sufferers. It is a much better place for patients today than it was before drugs like Lyrica. But these drugs don't work for everyone. About 40% will respond to the similar drugs Cymbalta and Savella. And about another 40% respond to Lyrica. Tolerability is the key. We hope our drug will help the others give them the help they need."

I also asked Dr. Ledermen about exercise and how it can play a role in helping chronic pain sufferers' treatment. "Yoga is wonderful for Fibromyalgia patients, however, many just simply can't exercise due to the pain, but with the help of this drug, perhaps they can. We also hope it doesn't stop there, though. We hope that other drugs will develop if this is effective."

Drugs like Lyrica, Cymbalta and Savella are taken during the day to target pain. TNX-102SL will focus on patient's sleep and hopefully allow them to have a more restorative sleep. Many people with Fibromyalgia are light sleepers and will feel like they haven't slept at all when they wake up in the morning. Their body may have slept, but it was not a refreshing sleep where they are full of energy in the morning. Often they feel groggy, stiff, and in pain. "A fibro suffer typically does not have trouble falling asleep or even staying asleep, but they do not feel refreshed. It's tough though because sometimes it's a chicken and egg thing. (As a doctor) you have to ask, 'Are you not sleeping because you are in pain or are you in pain because you have not slept?'"

Dr. Seth Ledermen went on further with the subject of sleep stating, "Often times a doctor will hear from a patient, 'Doc, I can't sleep.' Many will take the patient's words at face value and believe they have an issue with insomnia where they can't fall asleep at night. And really as a doctor, we should focus on sleep more. You spend a third of your life sleeping, so a doctor should spend a third of the visit talking about sleep by asking questions like, 'Do you have trouble falling asleep, do you wake up and have trouble falling back to sleep, or do you wake up not feeling refreshed."

Phase 2 trials of TNX-102SL should hopefully conclude soon and we will hopefully see the findings before the end of this year, early next.

It was an absolute joy to talk with Dr. Seth Ledermen and I hope that once the clinical tests are published that I can chat with him again to keep you all informed about this exciting drug.

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Forever Friends Online Book Launch Party

Come one, come all, and join in the fun! You don't have to bring a dish or a beverage to this shin dig! And you don't even have to dress up either. This kind of party can be done in your pajamas if you'd like since it's online.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Is It a Gluten Sensitivity or a Carb In The Wheat?

This article has been circulating the internet as of late in either written or video form. It talks about a study done where gluten sensitive people may not actually have a problem with wheat but with fructan.

The study is very small, and you all know what I think about small studies. I'd rather see at the very least 100 participants to see if there is any validity to these findings. Having said that, I can understand where this is all going. Many researchers believe Celiac Disease is rare since only 1 percent of the population ever gets diagnosed. So according to these researchers, it MUST be something else rather than wheat, right?

It could be. I personally didn't have a huge problem with wheat. I'd break out in an eczema flare if I had two servings of pasta in a week, but that was it. I didn't start having serve bloating that led to a 4 size change in my dress size until just a couple of years ago. I also miscarried twice, suffered from severe panic attacks, hand eczema, and severe fatigue and brain fog-- all of which can be considered symptoms of Celiac. BUT I could very well have a reaction to something the food manufacturers added to the wheat in the past 14 years if these problems are recent within the past 14 years.

Here's the thing, though, I grew up on a gluten-free diet. And by gluten-free I mean I didn't consume a whole lot of carbs at all. I didn't actually like bread growing up and would only have it one a week when I had my salami and provolone cheese sandwich on rye bread. I also wasn't a big rice or potato fan either. I only ate what I liked. I ate veggies and protein in the form of chicken, pork, or on rare occasion, beef. That was it as far as my diet was concerned. And I even steered clear of diary. I HATED milk as a kid and I still do unless it's in my tea.

My diet only started to change to the 4 basic food groups when I had kids and that's where I wound up getting into trouble because I always cooked a dreaded starch with every dinner. And even though I like carbs now, my body feels they are the enemy.

I do applaud these researchers for trying to get to the bottom of this, but I'd honestly like to see the studies grow into tests done on a processed free diet verses a processed one. I think that's where they might find something BIG, especially for chronic pain sufferers.

I'm not saying that processed foods are the only factor that makes any of us chronic pain patients suffer, but I know it plays a big role with me. I honestly feel much better if I don't consume anything out of box, can, or bag that has something processed in it. I LOVE my potato chips with Cabot dip, as well as Twizzlers, but my body isn't a big fan.

Sadly, Twizzlers contain wheat and after one helping, I have suffered from a panic attack the following day. Cabot dip (at least the one I like) has MSG and I got bloated and tired after having that within 2 hours. So, I really can't have any processed foods anymore.

Sure, it COULD be something else. It would be nice if it was so I could feel just as normal as everyone else that is healthy. But I doubt it. Fibro symptoms can get worse with age if you don't do what's right for your body. Period

How about all you? What do you all think? Is this study just bogus or do you think they might be onto something? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Manage My Pain App

An app created by founder and CEO of ManagingLife Tahir Janmohamed, called Manage My Pain is getting noticed. Not only is it the most downloaded app on Android and award winning, but the reviews are quite high with an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars for its free version and 4.3 out of 5 stars for its paid version.

This app offers chronic pain suffers a way to electronically capture their day-to-day pain in one program that is compatible with cloud and any Android device and then the patient can look up easy to read reports for him/herself and the doctor.

This app can replace all the hard copy tracking you have in a pain diary, journal, log, and/or tracker for any sufferer of chronic pain, especially ones suffering from arthritis, cancer, chronic muscular pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue, so you and your doctor have a better sense of your condition.

Both the main site ( and the Google app store ( have a video to further explain this wonderful app. It is available in a free and paid version.

Pain is considered chronic if it lasts for 6 months or longer and the free version of this allows you to add 10 records of data for your doctor. This makes it a great free app because after your initial consultation, you will at the very least a week and a half of data to share for your next visit.

However, if you'd rather share more data with your doctor, the paid version, which is priced at $3.99, will allow you to store an unlimited amount. This would be a good option for patients that only see their doctor monthly.

I like what this app has to offer, even though, I personally do not have it. It is not yet available for the iPhone, but I've been in contact with Tahir Janmohamed and will try and pin down the launch date for us Apple users and then announce it here.

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


The 15 Best Fibromyalgia Blogs of 2014

Fibro and Fabulous made the list for the 3rd year in a row! YAY!!!! A BIG THANK YOU goes out to all of you, my dear readers. I couldn't have made this accomplishment without all of you!

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


Monday, May 12, 2014

Upcoming Interview

In a few days I will have the pleasure of talking with a rheumatologist about a new treatment for Fibromyalgia.

If you'd like more information about the person or drug we will be discussing, please sign up for my newsletter.

I will be sharing not only that, but what we discuss on Friday with my subscribers first BEFORE it gets posted here.

Stay fabulous!


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Making of -- Forever Friends Book Cover (+playlist)

Are you curious about my upcoming Paranormal Romance novel? If so, hop on over to to check it out, like the page, and receive updates!  This novel will be available on Amazon and Kindle Direct Publishing shortly!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


I just came across this statement this morning and I find it to ring very true in my own life, but it may not be for the reasons as you see it. This entry today may sound more like a rant as opposed to my other entries, but it's nothing more than me standing up for what I believe we Fibromites should all have in our lives.

Relationships are truly important. You have family relationships, friendships, partnerships, working relationships, and the list goes on of important people in your life.

In today's society it seems we have many, many people that think our time means very little. I've personally spent countless hours driving all over New England for middle school band concerts, middle school basketball games and tournaments, school projects, school functions, and the like. Each one of these things had a person in charge who expected many, many hours of dedication from my child with little regard to the parent who had to supply the ride, time, and money to pay these people for such an event.

When you work at a job in today's society, many of the bosses seem to feel that if you are getting paid, you should be available on call for whenever they need you instead of working a set schedule.  My husband and I have both worked for places that expected 18 hours/day of work 5-6 days a week and did not provide us with maids or landscapers for our homes that we neglected for them to have a body at their establishment so they could (in my case) get their nails done.

Doctors and specialists in today's society will make you wait hours in a waiting room even when you have a scheduled appointment. Why is that happening? They certainly charge me and my insurance company an awful lot for 5 minutes of service!

There's an old saying that states, "Time is money". Well if time truly is money, then please explain to me why I'm at the mercy of someone else's time if I'm the one providing the money? And if I provide services, why do I have to wait to get paid from someone on their time?

We now live in a society that does not make any sense because many, many people forgot how to respect one another. I've spent years trying to do things expected of me out of the respect I was taught to provide and I've paid the price of that in Fibromyalgia pain. And is that fair if I'm the one paying for something mentally, physically, AND financially? I think not!

My take on this statement is very different from most because I truly feel people need to learn the term respect in today's day and age:

It's not often I come across a saying like this particular one that fits. Yes, relationships work both ways, and effort should be made, but when a person in your life clearly does not understand you, it is not your fault, nor should you be hearing the statement "relationships work both ways" from someone who is incapable of empathy, compassion, and understanding. Effort should be determined on a person's capacity to love and not on the capability of measured time (as in getting together). Some of the best relationships I've had are from people who barely know me and some of the worst relationships I've had are from those who have taken advantage of my loving nature because they claim to know me. It's about time that people value and appreciate what they have-- including the love that has been freely given to them by others. We shouldn't look for or expect anything more.

We Fibromites take a beating from people who lack respect, and on May 12, we should all take back some power through awareness, the power of respect!

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Why I've Been Silent

I know it's been a while since I have posted. I will say that I'm truly sorry for the silence. I didn't mean to go dark on all of you, I just merely needed to process what was going on and try and find some answers before I talked to all of you.

The truth of the matter is that I still haven't found any answers. I only know what my friends have been able to tell me through comfort and consoling.

I have found NOTHING on the subject, except speculation on my own part which I will offer, BUT PLEASE, do not under ANY circumstances take my words as truthful. There are NO studies backing up my speculations at this point, BUT, having said that-- I hope they will one day try my speculations.

I turned 40 this past year, I'm actually almost 41, and this year is the poking and prodding year for me when it comes to yearly exams. I probably should have had some of these tests a little earlier in my life, but insurance only covers so much and I'm not rich, so therefore, I'm on a payment plan when it comes to my health. I have been since 1999. I'm sure MANY of you can relate.

This year I've had 2 EKG's for my heart. The first one was to make sure I wasn't having a heart attack. I wasn't and was diagnosed with anxiety. That's pretty normal for Fibro people, especially when you don't know you are allergic to wheat. Now, I still suffer from panic attacks every now and again, BUT they are mild compared to what I experienced before. The second EKG was for hitting 40. I passed with flying colors for both. In fact, one doctor said I had the heart of an 18 year old. I'm glad I "feel" less than half my age!

My second screening was a mammogram for 40. I thought that would turn out fine because I've never felt, nor has my OBGN's felt, a lump. It did not turn out so great.

I remember feeling numb during the first phone call. It honestly was the first call I had ever gotten that sounded bad right from the start. I could hear the woman's sympathy loud and clear. She wanted to schedule a second test. I confirmed a date without thinking of anyone but myself. Which to be honest, is actually a good thing, because I rarely think of myself. Of course, sadly, my ulterior motive was to get a second testing to clear me so I could care for everyone in my life. Yeah, I'm NO different than you. I have A LOT of people that count on me.

The second test had a lot more prodding than the first and I was sore for almost a week after. It was not a pleasant experience, but I was still hopeful until I got the third call for an ultra sound while I was still there.

I was prodded and poked again and the specialist came in and told me that I needed an MRI because they still see "something". BUT I had to wait until I had my period to schedule an appointment. Sometimes there is fluctuations in hormones and they want to capture that on an MRI.

In a week and a half, I was literally lucky to schedule an appointment. Terry, my OBGYN's receptionist nurse, was nice enough to explain more of my situation while scheduling the MRI at the hospital. I apparently had fibro dense breasts, but the left breast was the one in question. It was only one particular area. The top right, and deep in the tissue.

I went into the MRI scared as hell, and not because of the small quarters, but because this was a 5th check of my breasts at 40.

The MRI went okay. I heard A LOT of noise that felt annoying at times. I couldn't truly hear the music they tried to blast in my ears. I only heard the annoying buzzer of the machine.

My MRI didn't turn out great, though. They want to see me in 6 months because the area in question is still in question. The good news is that it's small. The bad news is that they can't biopsy it because they could hit a lung or a vein according to where it is.

Needless to say, I am overwhelmed by emotion and I had to wait to tell all of you. I just couldn't find the words. It pains me because I want the answers for all of you. All of this has happened in the course of the past 2 months. I hope can you forgive me for not speaking sooner because I want to research for you to the best that I can. IF this is Fibro related, I will do my best to research and keep you posted. If not, this is just another part of me.

Love and friendship!
Stay fabulous!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Great Deal on All of My Ebooks and 10% off of My Books!

Looking for a great deal on some of my books? is offering 100% off of eBooks and 10% off of everything else! See my storefront for more details on my titles.

100% off Free eBooks and 10% off everything else

Celebrate April Fools Day with 10% off through April 2!
Offer ends April 2nd at 11:59 PM.
Cannot be combined with other offers. Not valid on services.

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Food: When is it an Allergy and When is it a Sensitivity?

There is MUCH controversy in the medical field about allergies and sensitivities to foods. Some doctors feel that there is a clear distinction between an intolerance to food and an allergy. Others have used the two terms as a unified definition.

An allergy, to me, is defined as having a severe reaction almost immediately after coming into contact with something. For instance, I'm allergic to the drug penicillin because I go into anaphylaxis within the first minute of consuming it. My entire body, not just my throat, will swell up. I had this reaction at the age of 3 so if I were to try it now, I could possible die within seconds. I have a similar reaction to blue cheese, a component of penicillin.

A sensitivity is a much broader term to me. A sensitivity could be an upset stomach a couple of hours after eating dairy or red meat. Or a headache from drinking a glass of red wine. But again, I only consider these a sensitivity if they happen while digestion is occurring.

Some doctors may disagree with me when I say that people can very well have an allergy to food and NOT get the classic hives rash or anaphylaxis. I do believe that allergies can cause bloating, gas, skin rashes that are not hive-like, migraines, hot flashes, panic attacks, or even nausea if they occur within a few minutes after consumption of the food.

I believe this because I feel these symptoms almost instantly after I consume wheat. The only difference to these symptoms vs. anaphylaxis, is that anaphylaxis will go away with an epinephrine injection. But if you are allergic to wheat, your symptoms will not go away unless you stop consuming wheat for about 2 weeks.

I tried to go gluten-free a while back to see if wheat was causing my eczema to flare. I was doing okay with it in the beginning. I was very diligent about reading labels and I changed everything including my toothpaste. But once the kids went back to school I found myself slipping into old habits and wheat wound up becoming part of my diet again, especially if I was on the go. I'd deal with a few skin outbreaks from time to time, but it was bearable, or so I thought.

After a while though, I started noticing some other symptoms. My stomach would bloat within minutes of eating wheat and it got to a point where I had been wearing only yoga pants because those were the only comfortable pants I owned. I started to itch within minutes of eating wheat and I found that I would also get panic attacks right after, too. Long term problems that I faced was all-over weight bloat. I went up three dress sizes to be exact, but I didn't put on a lot of pounds at the scale. I've only put on a whooping 5 pounds of weight since Olivia's birth which brought me up to a grand total weight of 127 pounds. Yet, size 6 jeans, the size I was at 122 pounds, were too tight around my mid-section.

I also became extremely tired. I had no strength to lift pots or pans from the stove, I couldn't vacuum, mop a floor, or even carry my purse for a few short minutes without feeling extremely fatigued. My body would want to go to bed by 8pm, and if I could, I would fall asleep at that time and not wake up until 5:30 am. But once I woke up, I was still tired and very stiff. My hands and feet started to develop Raynard's Syndrome. I would have poor circulation in my lower extremities, and I started to develop hot flashes and a change in my cycle.

At first I dismissed these things as a Fibro Flare and nothing more. I was dealing with a lot of stress in my life so I assumed my flares were a direct result of my stress, but once this flare started to last for months where it was going onto almost a year, I thought maybe there might be something else to this. I wasn't exactly certain if I truly had a wheat allergy. I thought if I could have a little, I wasn't actually allergic and I was being pretty careful and only consuming really small amounts of it because I didn't want to develop severe skin eczema again.

And then my daughters started to get tired and have muscle fatigue too. The youngest also developed stomach issues and skin rashes that mysteriously came and went quickly. We, of course, went to their doctor to see what it could be. But we were all baffled and started to think we should monitor for Fibromyalgia in them.

After a few weeks of fighting with my daughters to get them up for school, I really wanted to pull my hair out. It seemed that their symptoms were getting worse by the minute. And then a Dr. Oz show aired giving you 5 tell-tale signs of having a wheat allergy. As I listened, I not only realized that I had all 5, but my kids, husband, and grandmother seemed to have most of them too!

After that show that aired on Feb 18, 2014, my whole family and I started to go gluten free and I can't begin to tell you the almost immediate change that has occurred! You can see a link to Part 1 of Dr. Oz 5 Signs here:

And part 2 is here:

After one week we are all experiencing less fatigue. None of us have a problem getting up in the morning. My grandmother has less swelling in her legs and is actually able to stand up with less pain after being basically bedridden for the past 6 years. My Raynard's syndrome, Fibromyalgia pain, and panic attacks have decreased significantly. I have not felt this little pain in at least 3-4 years and at that time I was seeing a Chiropractor to relieve a good majority of the pain. And my hot flashes have stopped too. My husband has shed almost 10 pounds this week alone and his arthritis pain is easing up.

Now, having said all of this, I do not believe that wheat is the only reason for my Fibromyalgia. I believe I will still have it even if I stay wheat free, but I know this will keep me from flaring as much. There are many sites to help you decide what to do if you have an allergy to wheat or gluten. One that I recommend is Dr. Mark Hyman. You can read his blog here:

Another thing you can try is eliminating wheat from your diet for 2 weeks and see if any of your symptoms clear up. If they do, you probably have an allergy. At that point you can try and reintroduce wheat back into your diet to truly see if wheat is the problem, or stay away from it all together.

Either way, it is your health, and I wish you the best of luck in your wheat free journey! You should, however, consult a doctor if you decide that you need to go gluten free. It may just be a food allergy due to Fibromyalgia, but it could also be Celiac, a much more serious issue.

My journey of getting tested for Celiac will start soon. And I'll keep you all updated on my progress ;)! I'll also from time to time post some delicious meal creations that I've come up with in my gluten free adventures. Till then!

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


Friday, January 24, 2014

Housework, Fibromyalgia, and the Flu Season

Having the flu, a sinus infection, stomach bug, or a cold is hard for anyone, but it's even harder on someone with Fibro. I can't speak for the entire Fibromyalgia community, but for me, if I'm not careful, my colds could very easily turn into pneumonia because I refuse to take the time I need to rest.

All mothers with kids will at one point in life hear their own mother in the back of their mind telling them to clean all of the sheets and house with bleach from top to bottom if the kids get sick. I'm not sure about any of you, but my mother suffered from OCD and a can of Lysol was her best friend. There was never any other scent in our house but Fresh Linen when I was growing up LOL!

This type of thinking may have been great for the Baby Boom Generation. They (pardon the pun) bought into all the products that promised to kill every germ in sight. I honestly think my mother may have thought it would ward of the boys too. LOL! That generation needed quick fixes because both parents worked and that was a great thing for them.  It did the trick.

HOWEVER, I believed it worked for a completely different reason than what was thought. That generation was the first generation to grow up with in an advanced world. And that has perks. They had new things to combat colds.

The prior generation that raised the Boomers, utilized the environment they lived in. Things like vinegar and baking soda were used in place of bleach. All three of those products work to kill germs, but how they were used was very different.

My grandparents didn't spend as much time cleaning the house as my parents did. They didn't because they knew that the human body needs some germs around to build up an immunity. In essence, many of our parents didn't have a lot of colds because they had a carefully built up immunity to them. That immunity was built from their very first days out of the womb. They were breast fed, ate foods fresh from the garden (yup, Organic isn't new), and had a few germs around the house to help build up their systems.

When I grew up, I grew up in a sterile environment. As soon as I had my first sneeze, out came the Lysol. And then my Mom cleaned and scrubbed everything. I was sick ALL the time. At one point in the fourth grade I was sick for a month and the doctor wasn't even sure what I had because my coughing, sneezing, aching, and fever just wouldn't go away.

Now that I have kids and Fibro, I have to be a little more creative when it comes to cleaning the house when the Flu Season rears its ugly head. I can't be as diligent as my mother was, nor do I even have the strength to scrub. My Fibro has robbed me of my strength and  even if I try, I'll either wind up with a flare, or worse. So what do I do?

Simple, that's what I do. I go back to the simpler times when bleach wasn't around. Yes, I adopted all the things my Grandmother did to clean the house. When we are sick, I will open a window to let the bad air out and the good air in. I also will boil a pot of water to get moister in the air. And lastly, I cut up an onion. The onion will not only help you breathe a little better, but it will take the germs out of the air, as well. And you know what? My kids aren't as sick as I used to be growing up!

So the next time you hear that the old way isn't the best, do yourself a favor and just don't listen! The old way WAS the best way for not only combating germs, but also to help you maintain your health in other ways. Some tricks helped you save time! Cutting up an onion was one of those tricks!

If you slice an onion and leave the cut part exposed it will absorb the germs. Once it turns black, dispose of it, and replace it with another if you need to. This may sound like a lazy way of doing things, but it really helps you when you need your rest just as much as your kids!

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


JS-Kit Comments