Are you looking for meaningful quotes that reflect your fibromyalgia journey?
Here are ten quotes that you can share on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.
"Fibromyalgia…Imagine waking up every day in pain, not knowing whether you can function. Fibromyalgia requires learning the balance between surrendering and fighting. And no-one even knows you are in a battle". -Unknown
This first quote is specific for fibromyalgia, but unfortunately, the author of these profound words is unknown. This quote is intensely relatable, and I think most fibromyalgia fighters know this battle, and these words will also resonate deeply with them.
"When you have an invisible illness, the instinct is to blend in and “Fake it ‘till you make it”. As you probably know, this survival mechanism is good in the short term but awful in the long term. It Makes you feel inhuman - like you are constantly projecting a fake persona. Like no on actually knows you. Like you have no real connection with anyone. Like I said: Awful". -Katrina Quarry
"Chronic pain is no joke. And it’s every day waking up not knowing how you’re going to feel". -Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga showed the world her struggles with Fibromyalgia in the Netflix documentary. As more celebrities speak out about their journey with fibromyalgia, fibromyalgia symptoms, and the fibromyalgia treatments they receive, fibromyalgia awareness spreads. Hopefully, this will lead to more research into fibromyalgia, the cause of fibromyalgia, and the possibility of recovery from Fibromyalgia.
"Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream, about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good". -Elizabeth Edwards
This quote is not specific to fibromyalgia or even chronic pain or chronic illness. Still, it strikes a chord for anyone living with a chronic condition, especially anyone newly diagnosed with fibromyalgia or a chronic illness. We have to face our new life and the loss of our old lives. If we aren't naturally resilient, we have to learn to be. If we are resilient, we have to learn to use that resilience on our new path. This quote by Elizabeth Edwards gives me the feeling of going through an emotional meltdown about my condition, then lifting my chest high and focusing ahead and telling myself - I got this. This quote inspires and encourages me to keep searching, researching, and learning everything I can about Fibromyalgia and Fibromyalgia treatments, but remembering to take it one day at a time, pace myself and try to add in other good things, and trust that this will help me improve my life with Fibromyalgia.
"So, what if, instead of thinking about solving your whole life, you just think about adding additional good things. One at a time. Just a let your pile of good things grow". Unknown.
"You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have". Bob Marley
The legendary singer, songwriter, and musician Bob Marley wrote this; However, the context is unknown, this quote could easily be the motto for everyone with Fibromyalgia. We face each day without choosing to be anything but strong as we deal with our fibromyalgia symptoms day in and day out. Perhaps we often don't feel strong; we break down, cry, and say, why me. But then we get back up and keep going, this takes strength, and it's the only choice we have.
"Even now, as broken as you may feel, you are still so strong. There’s something to be said for how you hold yourself together and keep moving, even though you feel like shattering. Don’t stop. This is your healing. It doesn’t have to be pretty, or graceful. You just have to keep going". Maxwell Diawuoh
This gem is one of many you can find on Maxwell Diwuoh's, a poet from New York City, Instagram page, @maxwelldpoetry.
"Behind every chronic illness is just a person trying to find their way in the world. We want to find love and be loved and be happy just like you. We want to be successful and do something that matters. We’re just dealing with unwanted limitations in our hero’s journey". Glenn Schweitzer
Elizabeth Taylor will always be remembered for her beauty, her legacy as a Hollywood icon portraying strong characters on the big screen. Perhaps she used the suffering she endured through her battles with her health to dig deep and show her inner strength. Elizabeth Taylor was born with scoliosis, which caused her chronic back pain. She suffered from various health issues, severe infections, and several surgeries in her life, including removing a benign brain tumor. She truly lived by her words, forcing herself to get up, to move forward, to keep fighting.
"You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other, and god damn it, you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about your business of living. Thats how I’ve done it. There’s no other way". Elizabeth Taylor
"At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can". -Frida Kahlo
There has been quite a lot of speculation amongst Fibromyalgia experts and the art community if the well-known Mexican artist Frida Kahlo had fibromyalgia. It’s known that Frida suffered from chronic pain and fatigue following a horrific street-car accident at 18-yrs old. Her art, showing nails puncturing her body in her self-portraits, and this quote suggests that Frida experienced pain similar to fibromyalgia pain.
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