Fibro Warrior of the Week (#35)
FWOTW: Cynthia Fogle
Location: Derby, CT, USA
Mantra: Someday I hope to be a Fibro Warrior instead of a victim!!!
Our 35th Fibro Warrior of the Week is Cynthia Fogle, a “newbie” diagnosed in 2011. Cynthia doesn’t yet consider herself a full-on Fibro Warrior because she’s so new to this world, but we disrespectfully disagree and consider her a brave warrior! Besides, anyone who can’t remember how she likes her steak done is one of us indeed…
FD: : Tell us a bit about yourself – Where were you born, where do you live now, family, interests, etc.
Cynthia: I live in Derby, with my domestic partner, Sue, my sixteen year old daughter, Kendall, two dogs, two cats, and three fish. I was born in Bridgeport, but raised in Naugatuck. I have just recently been granted 100% disability. Before I became disabled, I worked full time as an avionics assembler, worked out, read a lot of books, and was a lot more involved and active with my daughter.
FD: When did you first suspect that something wasn’t right? What happened?
Cynthia: One day I woke up and my left leg was swollen twice its size, my body ached from head to toe, and I could not get out of bed.
FD: When were you diagnosed with Fibromyalgia?
FD: When you received your diagnosis, how did it affect you?
Cynthia: I was happy to have a diagnosis, but confused because I had never heard of Fibromyalgia.
FD: Since then, how has your outlook on life changed?
Cynthia: I have learned to appreciate life more. I realize that I took my health for granted.
FD: How does Fibro affect your day-to-day life?
Cynthia Before my disability, I suffered with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder- like symptoms (OCD). My house had to be spotless and organized! Not anymore. Because of the constant pain and fatigue, I have to pace myself with cleaning and laundry. I basically had to learn how to function in a different way
FD: What can’t you do anymore because of Fibro?
Cynthia: Due to the chronic pain and fatigue, I am no longer able to work, can’t drive like I used to, can’t work out on a daily basis, and I have been unable to be involved with my daughter’s activities…things like going to all of her softball games & taking her to the mall to shop as often as I did.
FD: Name something you do now that you never would have imagined happening before your diagnosis.
Cynthia: That’s a tough question because I am not able to do much of anything. I would’ve never imagined that I would be disabled at the age of 43, that I would never be able to run, exercise, or drive like I used to…
FD: : What has been your experience with seeking medical treatment for Fibro?
Cynthia: Fortunately, I’ve been blessed. Both my primary care doctor and my rheumatologist have been very supportive and understanding.
FD: How has Fibro affected your relationships, friends, family, partners?
Cynthia: Yes. As I stated previously, I’m no longer able to be as involved as I would like with my daughter’s activities. Also, I am constantly canceling plans at the last minute. My partner had to take on all the financial burden. But, I have been blessed because my friends, family, and partner have all been so supportive and understanding.
FD: What is the biggest challenge you face living with Fibro?
Cynthia: Depression. Feeling like a burden because I cannot function and contribute to society. Learning how to pace myself.
FD: What inspires you to keep on fighting?
Cynthia: My daughter, my partner, and friends.
FD: What advice do you have for other people who are living with Fibro?
Cynthia I’m still struggling and learning how to cope with it myself so unfortunately, I don’t have any advice to give.
FD: Do you have a funny Fibro story you can share?
Cynthia: In February, I took a trip to Florida with some friends. We went out to dinner and I wanted to order a steak, but could not remember how I liked it cook. Eventually, I had to text my partner back in Connecticut to ask her how I like my steak. Well, everyone was in hysterics about that! Damn you Fibro Fog!!
Follow Cynthia on Twitter: @Cyn_Denise
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