This Month’s Conversation Spark: Relationships & Chronic Illness
Chronic illness may cause stress in your relationships with partners, family members, friends, or co-workers. Differences in expectations and personal values are often at the heart of the matter. What expectations have you changed, and how do they differ from your loved ones’ expectations? What are the possible differences in values between you? Finally, how can you become a better communicator of your own expectations and values, both to yourself and to those you care about?
About the DFW Fibromyalgia Support Group
We welcome all with fibromyalgia (FM), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and chronic illness.
Our monthly meetings take place in the Plano / Richardson area (NE Dallas, TX USA).
What is Fibromyalgia?
According to WebMD, fibromyalgia is “the most common musculoskeletal condition after osteoarthritis.”
Patients with fibromyalgia typically experience chronic aches and pain all over their body. Many experience crippling fatigue, even after a full night’s rest. Specific tender points on the body may be painful to touch. They may experience mood disturbances, depression, or have problems getting restorative sleep.
Sat, March 18, 2017, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Monthly Support Group Meeting
Starting topics: Takeaways from March 11th’s session with Dr. Spurlock. Formulating a personalize plan of attack.
Have you ever had a doctor tell you that your lab results are fine, but you don’t FEEL FINE!? Have you been told “your lab results are in range” but you still feel something is off with your body? Why is it that so many doctors can’t seem to determine what is wrong with us, even though we are clearly not feeling well?!
If you have a chronic illness, such as fibromyalgia or CFS, it’s possible to have doctors run the standard lab tests and declare you to be in good health, even though you’re still quite ill. So…is lab testing just a waste of our time and money? And if not, how may we approach it so we finally get answers which can help us improve our health?
To answer our questions about testing considerations for the chronically ill, Integrative Medicine Doctor William Spurlock will be joining us on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 1pm. More info…
Sat, February 18, 2017, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Conversation w/ Sandi Pautler
Join us in a conversation with Sandi Pautler as she talks about her bold decision to travel alone to Denmark despite having early onset Parkinson’s disease (PD). Hear how she copes with chronic pain and fatigue on top of the constant involuntary motion of her body. Learn how she planned her trip to accommodate her illness. Talk with her about her outlook on life and how she developed such a delightful attitude despite having a potentially fatal illness with no cure, few treatment options, and no idea how long she has left to live.
Many of our DFW Fibro members are also travelers. What strategies can you bring to the conversation? We want to hear your ideas as we all consider the upcoming 2017 vacation season.