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FWOTW Julia Ruiz

Fibro Daily March 21, 2014

Fibro Warrior of the Week (#51)

Location: Carson City, NV USA

Julia may be a Fibro newbie, but she fights with the know-how of a seasoned Fibro warrior. She’s all about family, love, and music—and you have to check out the amazing tattoo her daughter got to honor her!

FD: : Tell us a bit about yourself – Where were you born, where do you live now, family, interests, etc.

Julia: I was born and raised in Oakland, California, and moved to Nevada in 1997. Just wanted a new life. I have three daughters – Felicia, 34, Sylvia 31, and my biggest supporter Jessica, 26. I also have five grandchildren that keep me young at heart – Amar 11, Ser’Rae 10, Khalio 6, Anthany 6, and Adrian six months. I have two brothers and about five or six adopted brothers. I am separated and love the single life. I enjoy doing crafts, but it’s been kind of hard lately. Music is the key to my peace of mind.

FD: When did you first suspect that something wasn’t right? What happened?

Julia: I’ve had issues with pain for a few years. Last March when I separated from my husband, I walked everywhere looking for a job. Then when I got one I was on my feet almost everyday. Ended up with severe pain in my legs and hips. My job sent me to the doctor.

FD: When were you diagnosed with Fibromyalgia?

Julia: August 2013

FD: When you received your diagnosis, how did it affect you?

Julia: It was like an ah-ha moment. Explained a lot of what I had been feeling over the years. I thought all my pain was from getting older.

FD: Since then, how has your outlook on life changed?

Julia: Before when I would hurt, I’d automatically lay in bed all day hoping it would quickly pass. Now I try my best to work through the pain. This is going to be apart of my life and I have to learn to cope.

FD: How does Fibro affect your day-to-day life?

Julia: : Well, it does keep me from watching the baby sometimes. When I have flare-ups I try to keep calm through it. My attitude changes day to day depending on my pain level.

FD: What can’t you do anymore because of Fibro?

Julia: Play outside with my grandkids like I used to. I would go out and play soccer with my oldest grandson. Now I just sit and watch. I don’t walk as much as I used to. Keep the baby over night like I did the other kids. Sewing… I love to sew.

FD: Name something you do now that you never would have imagined happening before your diagnosis.

Julia: Being on pain medication. Watching what I eat and drinking water. I’ve never been a water drinker. Limit myself, rest when I need to rest. If I am tired, take a nap.

FD: : What has been your experience with seeking medical treatment for Fibro?

Julia: I’m still new to all this. The hardest part has been being able to get in to see the doctor. Without insurance, it has been a rough road. But now I have insurance. I’m still experimenting with pain medication.

FD: How has Fibro affected your relationships, friends, family, partners?

Julia: It has brought the relationship with my daughter, son-in- law, and myself a lot closer. As soon as I was diagnosed, they got online and researched everything about it. (And that’s my daughter’s tattoo in the photo!) My brother and I talk a lot more than we used to. My grandkids are always willing to help when I need it.

FD: What is the biggest challenge you face living with Fibro?

Jessica: Trying to get people to understand about Fibromyalgia. To treat me with respect no matter what.

FD: What inspires you to keep on fighting?

Julia: I’m not going to let Fibromyalgia win.

FD: What advice do you have for other people who are living with Fibro?

Julia: Be sure to see your doctor as often as you can. Rest when you need to rest, watch what you eat, and as my daughter has drilled into me DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.

FD: Do you have a funny Fibro story you can share?

You: My daughter told me that before I was diagnosed, they thought I was faking. Every time I said I was in pain, they would kind of laugh behind my back. Then I got diagnosed, and all I got are apologies and help when I needed it! { :)—smiley face added by JC. }

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