Welcome! Thanks for visiting my blog! Wherever you are on your journey, I hope you’ll find something that will help you take the next step toward living well.

When I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia five years ago, I honestly thought I could fix it. I’m a “do something” type of person. When something unexpected happens, my first thought is always, “How do I fix this?”. I got busy reading everything I could get my hands on and doing whatever I could to try to get better.

As the years wore on and I still wasn’t cured, I began to lose hope. It seemed like I’d be making progress and feeling better, and the next thing I knew, I was spending the day in bed, exhausted and hurting all over. I feared I would never have a “normal” life again. I realized that I had to take a more realistic view of my fibromyalgia and establish a new normal. I had to stop living in the past and how “I used to be” and learn to live well today. It was time to reclaim my hope! Yes, it’s true I may never be able to do some things I once did, but there are still plenty of things I CAN do, and one of those things is to learn to live well wherever I am in this journey.

Robin Roberts, a cancer survivor and anchor of Good Morning America often says, “Make your mess your message” and I’m hoping by sharing this experiment of mine, I can help someone else navigate this labyrinth of good days and bad days,symptoms and setbacks,  and everything in between. I know for me personally, the things that are most helpful are those that point me toward actions I can take.

I’m a firm believer that God uses everything in our lives – He doesn’t let us suffer for no reason – and I pray He’ll use this to help others who are also on this journey to reclaim THEIR hope and move toward a more fulfilling life.