Between the widespread pain, tender spots, and general fatigue, living with fibromyalgia means taking it one day at a time. By stepping into the shoes of those diagnosed with what’s been called the “invisible illness,” we’re offered insight and perspective into what it really means to live with fibromyalgia.
Each of these bloggers beautifully portrays the highs and lows of their own experiences with this disorder. We’re pleased to honor them here for their perseverance and grace.
Counting My Spoons
Julie Ryan began both her journey with fibromyalgia and her blog in 2010. Over the last eight years, she’s learned how best to manage her illness and commit to leading an inspired life. Julie shares personal experiences, as well as guest posts from doctors and chronic illness bloggers, and relevant health news and information. Visit the blog.
The Fibro Frog
Amy Mullholand lives with fibromyalgia and arthritis. But it doesn’t stop her from choosing hope. That’s evident in every post she publishes on The Fibro Frog. Her writing is candid and honest. She’s endearing in her commitment to sharing her story and advocating for more research on chronic illnesses. Visit the blog.
In 2011, Shelley was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and Lyme disease. Her frustration with the medical system led her to start a blog. Back then, her blog was a safe place for her to vent about doctors and diagnoses. Today, it’s grown into a space that reminds those living with chronic illness that they’re not alone. Recent posts include useful tips for moving when you have a chronic illness, how the medical system often fails people with chronic pain, and pain management techniques. Visit the blog.
Fed up with Fatigue
Donna is nothing if not direct. The name of her blog speaks to that! She’s fed up with the pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia. She’s fed up with no longer feeling like herself, doctors who don’t understand, and of false claims for cures. So, Donna started blogging. Here, she’s straightforward with the knowledge that there’s no cure, but that there are steps that can help reduce and manage symptoms of fibromyalgia. Her posts feature current news and breakthroughs, tips for better sleep, and product reviews. Visit the blog.
Nikki Albert has lived with chronic illness since childhood. She was eventually diagnosed with hypermobility, fibromyalgia, and migraines. These conditions have affected her life and career. But her coping strategies have improved and evolved. Thankfully, her sarcastic, silly sense of humor is still intact. For Nikki, blogging became a critical and fundamental pain distraction. She posts regularly about her own experiences, book and product reviews, and management techniques. Visit the blog.
Skillfully Well & Painfully Aware
After her fibromyalgia and endometriosis diagnosis, Katarina Zulak left school and spent about a year living in shock. And then, she began learning self-care skills that changed the course of her life from career-focused humanitarian to self-care advocate for herself and others living with chronic illness. Katarina’s posts are inspiring and educational, and she’s a living example of how fibromyalgia does not define anyone. Visit the blog.
Rebuilding Wellness with Sue Ingebretson
Understanding why has been a driving force for Sue Ingebretson. She’s an author, speaker, certified holistic healthcare practitioner, and the director of program development for the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Center at California State University, Fullerton. Following her own diagnosis, she began researching the causes of chronic illness, and investigating the methodology of both traditional and nontraditional healing practices. On her blog, Sue shares the fruits of her research, current news, and much-needed encouragement to those living with chronic illness. Visit the blog.
After her fibromyalgia diagnosis in 2013, Donna began a personal blog to share her own experiences with chronic illness. It evolved into a vibrant and uplifting health and lifestyle blog. You’ll find honest, sensible posts detailing Donna’s personal triumphs and setbacks, self-improvement tips, and management techniques. She has plenty of suggestions for how to live your best life, no matter your diagnosis. Visit the blog.
Being Fibro Mom
As a mom of four and a fibromyalgia blogger, Brandi Clevinger writes about the challenges of parenting with this chronic illness. In addition to her blog, Brandi contributes to “Fibromyalgia Magazine” and serves as the program director for International Support Fibromyalgia Network. On her blog, she covers a variety of topics, including frugal living, marriage, book reviews, parenting, and fibro-friendly nutrition. Visit the blog.
My Several Worlds
Having chronic illnesses doesn’t mean you can’t travel the world. Carrie Kellenberger lives that very truth. The Canadian ex-pat has fibromyalgia and other long-term health issues. But this chronic disease advocate, vocalist, and writer believes that the only life worth living is the one you’re truly passionate about. Her passion took her around the world. Her blog is also an Asian travel guide highlighting destinations, cultures, and attractions. She also writes about the unique challenges of coping with chronic illness abroad. Visit the blog.
Cranky Fibro Girl
Jenny Ryan will tell you that words and stories are her favorite methods of coping. Her blog is proof of that. About six months after her fibromyalgia diagnosis, she came up with Cranky Fibro Girl. It gave her blog a new direction and a completely new attitude. Jenny’s blog has become a collection of her words and experiences. Readers will find she writes them all with just the right amount of snark. Visit the blog.
Jessica has been a writer and editor for over 10 years. Following the birth of her first son, she left her advertising job to begin freelancing. Today, she writes, edits, and consults for a great group of steady and growing clients as a work-at-home mom of four, squeezing in a side gig as a fitness co-director for a martial arts academy. Between her busy home life and mix of clients from varied industries — like stand-up paddleboarding, energy bars, industrial real estate, and more — Jessica never gets bored.