I have fibromyalgia, but I am not a fibromyalgic.

What? How can you have fibromyalgia but not be fibromyalgic, right?


There is so much power in the way sayings are phrased. How many heated discussions are truly the result of a miscommunication? How many times have you said something that “wasn’t what you meant”? The word “fibromyalgic” is a work to define people.People are far to complex and unique to EVER be defined by ANYTHING!  I believe that everyone and everything is beautiful in their own way and for different reasons. I choose to never “define” myself because there are no words, or combination of words, that will ever be able to fully capture me as a person. It is impossible.

Thus, I choose to say that I have fibromyalgia or that I am a person with fibromyalgia. I am not, nor will I ever be a fibromyalgic. Although my condition does affect my life in a great way, I am still me and much of me is so far passed fibromyalgia that it could never EVER describe me a person.

Fibromyalgia is a PART of me. It is not who I am. It is not who you are either.

You don’t have to give into that.




  1. Charlotte Said:

    Great post! I have said before, about another condition I have, that it certainly affects my worldview, but that I refuse to let it become my worldview. Your post reminded me of that, and I now realize that I can apply the same general principal to living with fibromyalgia, and I do not have to view everything through fibro-colored glasses. 😉


    • embrace72 Said:

      Absolutely! I’m glad you understand where I was coming from. The idea of “glasses” reminds me of that book 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. Haha. When it is talking about paradigms (I had to google that. Haha. I think it is right though). And it talks about the different glasses you may be wearing affect what you see. Hopefully that made sense. Haha.

      • Charlotte Said:

        Makes perfect sense! Cheers! 😀

  2. Your blog has spoken to me. Too Young For Fibro – that’s how I feel. I am 22 years old and fibro has been in my family and unfortunately, I have begun to feel the symptoms. I actually just wrote a post about it because I am currently feeling the symptoms. I don’t have a lot of the symptoms – what I usually feel is random pain usually on my legs, arms, back and ribs. The slightest touch or poke will leave a burning sensation minutes after I felt it. Sleeping becomes difficult also because the pain I feel in my ribs from the mattress becomes unbearable. I am realizing that many people do not understand the feeling or know what it is. I’m not sure on your symptoms, but you’re not alone.

    • embrace72 Said:

      Thank you so much for commenting. I am sorry that you are not feeling well. Remember that you do not lose your life to fibromyalgia you just have to manage a life WITH fibromyalgia. It is difficult with people that do not understand, but you will find people that do understand or at least try to understand. I hope you have a better day.

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