Fibro Warrior of the Week (#50!)
Mantra: Life is meant to ROCK!
Ladies and gentleman: we have reached our 50th Fibro Warrior of the Week! Her name is Christy Buckner Foster and she is the lead singer and guitarist for the band Christy & The Professors. Christy’s Fibro is in remission, but she still fights to keep the flares at bay. Worrying about Fibro certainly hasn’t slowed Christy down; she’s also a wife, a mother, and a health and business coach: “I know what it’s like being sick. If I’m healthy, I’m going to LIVE and do what I want to do without fear.”
FD: : Tell us a bit about yourself – Where were you born, where do you live now, family, interests, etc.
Christy: I was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. I live in Michigan right now. I’ve been married for nineteen years and have two amazing kids. My daughter is thirteen & my son is eight. I am a health & business coach in my day job, and a musician any time I can be.
FD: When did you first suspect that something wasn’t right? What happened?
Christy: When my daughter was about a year old, I just didn’t feel right. At first, I chalked it up to normal new mom type stuff. But, I just seemed to be more tired than my friends and definitely had issues with memory and pain.
FD: When were you diagnosed with Fibromyalgia?
Christy: I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2004.
FD: Since then, how has your outlook on life changed?
Christy: Well, it has definitely been a whirlwind experience. I can say now that I am in remission from Fibro. After a ten year struggle to figure out what was going on with me—much of the time in debilitating pain— I finally found what the cause of my issues were. I learned that I am a fighter. I learned to be brave. I learned to advocate for myself. I learned to never take things for granted and to enjoy life to its fullest. I also learned that no matter how hard we want to believe that things are black and white, they just aren’t. Sometimes there is no explanation as to why someone is sick. Sometimes people who look completely healthy are anything but. My experience with Fibro has made me a better person. And I’m definitely a better health coach than I would have been if I had never been through this struggle.
FD: How did Fibro affect your day-to-day life?
Christy: It affected everything. I had to plan out my day like you would plan out a trip knowing you only had so much gas. I felt like a high-energy person trapped in a low energy body. I couldn’t hold my kids. I couldn’t play my guitar. It was hard, but I always tried my best to find the beauty in little things and continue fighting toward health.
FD: What can’t you do anymore because of Fibro?
Christy: I am lucky that I have found what was the cause of Fibro for me. The last time I had a flare was over a year ago. What can’t I do anymore because of Fibro? I can’t judge others. I literally learned that unless you are in someone else’s body, you really cannot assume what they can or can’t do.
FD: Name something you do now that you never would have imagined happening before your diagnosis.
Christy: Well, I’m in a band and I play on stage in front of lots of people. I think being so sick then experiencing healing allowed me to see that I don’t want to waste any time. I know what it’s like being sick. If I’m healthy, I’m going to LIVE and do what I want to do without fear. I used to be absolutely terrified to step on a stage and share my music!
FD: : What has been your experience with seeking medical treatment for Fibro?
Christy: Well, that was pretty much horrible! I know some people have had good experiences, I’m glad for that. I wasn’t one of those. I was told it was all in my head and offered antidepressants and pain medication. While I see the benefit in those for some, I knew this wasn’t what was going on with me. On the holistic side, I saw a few practitioners who were more than willing to put me on hundreds of dollars of supplements that didn’t do a thing. I honestly had to find my own healing.
FD: How did Fibro affected your relationships, friends, family, partners?
Christy: Great question. You definitely find out who your friends are, who will be there for you, who will understand. In my opinion, it was a great litmus test. It definitely makes your relationships deeper.
FD: What is the biggest challenge you faced living with Fibro and being in remission?
Christy: The biggest challenge I face is balance. I have to have certain things in line to keep healthy. If a few of those things fall out of line, I could end up sick again. I have to maintain a clean diet, low stress, enough sleep, and proper exercise. I have to always keep those things in check.
FD: What inspires you to keep on fighting?
Christy: My family. I want them to realize that life is meant to lived brilliantly and gratefully. My clients also inspire me every day!
FD: What advice do you have for other people who are living with Fibro?
Christy Keep fighting. And while you are fighting, take the pain and allow it to turn you into a beautiful, loving, grateful, and compassionate person. I believe we are creating amazing souls.
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