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 What is faith?

Faith is the belief in something one cannot explicitly prove. It’s the belief in a higher power, the belief in an eternal, omniscient and an omnipotent god. Most of us believe in some kind of power whether it’s the mother nature or power beyond our understanding. We know there is something greater than us.

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Suffering

Every one of us sooner or later walks through hell. The hell of hurting someone or the hell of being hurt. The hell of cancer, the hell of divorce, the hell of a loved one in trouble, the hell of addiction or the hell of grief. The point is to make your life worthy of your suffering. I believe there is profound power in the suffering we endure if we transform it into a more meaningful life. I am not glorifying or suggesting that the lessons we learn from pain are somehow worth the cost. But the truth is that most often for most people, real change is the result of real pain.

For me, my suffering is fibromyalgia, depression and as if these two weren’t enough to add pregnancy and hyperemesis brought me to my knees. You see, you can never understand the pain until you live through it yourself. With fibromyalgia and depression, I have good days and I have bad days, but I can manage and function to some extent. Now, my house is like a mini-clinic where nurses visit regularly. It’s a difficult time for my family, especially my kids. They miss their happy, active, funny, chief and mother. My husband is my hero, I don’t know how he’s doing it all. Without my faith, I don’t know who I would be or what I would do.

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My belief

I believe that there is one and only God. I believe in angels, in predestination, in the judgment day, in the holy books and the messengers of God. This has always been my belief. My faith is what is helping me manage and appreciate life even in sickness. Now let me tell you that it has not been easy for me, I was angry for a while. “why me”?, why is my God allowing this to happen?, these are the question I often ask myself. I could stay angry at my creator and reject him or I could accept that this is a test of my faith. With the first option, it’s not like I am going to get the answer to my questions by staying angry. Moreover, it will create a list of complex questions that I will have no answer for. However, if I accept it, I not only find humidity in my suffering but I also find peace in getting closer to my creator.

Healing

My experience with pain helps me understand and appreciate life. Life owes us nothing and it’s with his grace that we can breathe and do anything. When in need, he sends people that would be of help your way, people you may know and people you may not know. He has his way of doing things that just when you’re ready to give up, or when you think there is no way out, he shows you the way out or gives you hope. But you have to believe in him and trust that he knows what he’s doing. I am not saying that everything becomes easier because you have faith, or that because you have faith bad things will not happen to you, but he gives you the strength to survive every single one of your suffering. Think about it, how much pain and suffering can a human heart endure before it gives up? Not much.

Are there days I cry? Sure! Are there moments I wish everything was fine and I am not sick? Definitely! But I know just like everything in life, there is a start and an end, I believe in his plan for me even if I cannot foresee it.

To the one going through the hell of anything, know that you’re not forgotten, that your suffering has an ending. Take it one day at a time and practice gratitude every day, stay positive and never lose hope.

 

What do you believe in? How do you cope with pain and suffering? How does your belief shape your life?

 

 

 

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a disease that affects your bones and muscles. It is characterized by a widespread muscle-skeleton pain followed by fatigue, insomnia, mood swing, memory issues, burning and tightness. Fibromyalgia amplifies your pain sensation by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. Women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than men are.  Fibromyalgia co-exists with anxiety, depression and irritable bowel syndrome.

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What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

You ache all over…

Chronic pain and fatigue can cause decreased physical activity. Lack of regular physical activity can lead to weight gain, low energy, muscle tension, and pain increase.  Learn how to incorporate exercise in your daily routine.

Would exercise increase my pain?

Due to our daily pain and struggles, it is easy to assume that physical activity may make our pain worse. However, regular physical activity increases some of our body’s chemicals production, endorphins, and enkephalin. These are natural painkillers that decrease pain symptoms. Physical activity does more than reduce pain. It makes muscles and bones stronger, reduces stress, lowers blood pressure …

Pacing is key to managing fibromyalgia symptoms. we all have such a busy life that it seems impossible to do. How to pace yourself with fibromyalgia.

Why is pacing so important?

Fibromyalgia usually goes hand-in-hand with severe fatigue and sleepless nights. Together, this two leave you drained and exhausted. So it is understandable to wanna get everything on your to-do list is done on good days. But then you pay for it with three days of pain and discomfort on the couch. You regret it and become even more frustrated with yourself. The key to less pain and more productive days is pace.