Fibro Warrior of the Week (#67)
Location: Perth WA Australia
Our Fibro Warrior of the Week hails from Down Under and hasn’t had a flare in a year! She’s determined and pragmatic in her approach to Fibromyalgia. Please continue reading to learn more about FWOTW #67 Danielle Carter!
FD: : Tell us a bit about yourself – Where were you born, where do you live now, family, interests, etc.
Danielle: I was born in Germany in the English army base, from England originally and moved to Australia with mum and sister 2001.
FD: When did you first suspect that something wasn’t right? What happened?
Danielle: The day after I had the cervical cancer vaccine.
FD: When were you diagnosed with Fibromyalgia?
Danielle: I was diagnosed four years after symptoms started in 2012.
FD: When you received your diagnosis, how did it affect you?
Danielle: The specialist took me off the tablets I had been on for the pain and I ended up getting more symptoms and worse pain than I had before
FD: Since then, how has your outlook on life changed?
Danielle: I have better understanding and compassion for people who are sick, but don’t look sick on the outside.
FD: How does Fibro affect your day-to-day life?
Danielle: Having to manage pain can be a hassle with full time work and a life but it needs to be done so I can have a life.
FD: What can’t you do anymore because of Fibro?
Danielle: Sleep properly.
FD: : What has been your experience with seeking medical treatment for Fibro?
Danielle: For first four years it was a nightmare. Doctors thought I was lying, but once I find a specialist it has been great.
FD: How has Fibro affected your relationships, friends, family, partners?
Danielle: When I was first diagnosed, I found it hard to get support from family, who didn’t believe anything was wrong with me. I found everyone didn’t understand or want to understand what was wrong, so they would get angry if I couldn’t go out, cook or go to work some days.
FD: What is the biggest challenge you face living with Fibro?
Danielle: Wondering when I’m next going to be hit by a flare
FD: What inspires you to keep on fighting?
Danielle: I’ve now gone one year flare free. I eat healthier and now I’m able to exercise so I just keep doing the right things for a healthy body and hope for the best.
FD: What advice do you have for other people who are living with Fibro?
Danielle: Don’t let other people make you think something’s wrong with you, that it’s all in your head. It’s not and one day if you keep doing the right things and listen to your specialist and your body, you too may be flare free.
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