–Widespread pain 24/7.
–Contractures & easy bruising.
–Sensitivity to noise, light, and temperature.
–For some people: anxiety / depression (my grandmother was a bit depressed; I had in some moments of my life anxiety).
–Tiredness. Pain. Tiredness. Pain. Tiredness. Pain. Tiredness. Pain. Tiredness. Pain. Tiredness. Pain. Tiredness. Pain. Tiredness. Pain. Tiredness. Pain.
–A pain in the ass, in the neck, in all your muscles and tissues, even in your teeth, gums, ears and hair.
–Not being able to walk one day and being very proud of yourself for being able to run the next one.
–An invisible disability.
–Anger, frustation and sadness, but also learning, acceptance and growing.
–Real. Real. Real.
Fibromyalgia sucks. But you can fight it. I started learning Taekwondo with Master Park and Master Chanmo here in Madrid and I’m kicking my disorder. My three children are great taekwondists and are super proud that their mother is doing Taekwondo too.
My grandmother had fibromyalgia. My mother has fibromyalgia. I have fibromyalgia. I only hope that my two daughters (and my son) do not inherit this shit. But if they do, I know that they will learn to fight it.
If you know somebody with fibromyalgia, please, don’t be an asshole or a bitch: this is real. Do not judge, do not criticise, do not mock, do not minimise; just support, understand, empathise, read about it, have compassion, and give love, love and love. Thanks a lot!
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Antonia Tejeda Barros, Madrid, October 4, 2021