Interview With Sheri

This is Sheri’s story living with fibromyalgia and Raynaud’s phenomenon. This is her story in her words please be respectful.

Fibromyalgia explained

Raynaud’s Phenomenon explained


What is your name, age, and disease/invisible illness/mental health?

My name is Sheri. I am a single mom. I am 40 years old. I have fibromyalgia, Raynaud’s Phenomenon.

When did life change for you?

August 24, 2011, November 4, 2011 and January 20, 2016.

What was life like before diagnosis?

I was extremely active.

How has your diagnosis changed your life?

I live in constant pain. I lose sensation in my hands and feet and sometimes fall down the stairs. I have a hard time with day to day activities and I have to chose what I will do and what will have to wait. Sometimes I can’t straighten my back and other times I spend the whole day in bed. I don’t do the things I used to do such as exercising, Maui Tai, and I have a hard time spending time with my 4 year old. Sometimes even just grocery shopping or even taking a shower will completely drain me.

Please describe the best you can a day in the life of you?

I have to get up, get myself and my 4 year old ready for work and school. I work for 7 hours then pick up my daughter and start dinner. She gets a bath and sometimes I can shower (depending on my levels). I do lunches and get our bags packed and ready for the next day.

What was/is the most challenging thing you have faced because of your diagnosis?

The loss of even doing the simple things. Sometimes I don’t shower for days because it uses a lot of energy that I just don’t have. I have to work because I’ve been denied disability because they don’t believe it is a long term illness. I can’t keep up with my extremely active 4 year old.

Do you find that you can keep up with others?

Not at all.

What would you tell others living with your diagnosis?

I wish people would understand that even though I look healthy and smile that most days it takes sheer will power to even get out of bed just to do what I HAVE to do.

What would you like to tell others that don’t live with a similar diagnosis?

Same as above.

What have you learnt on your journey?

There is no relief or help. This is what my life is now so I learned to make the most of it and to keep fighting.

You are a Fibromyalgia warrior. Thank you for sharing your stroy with me and with the world. Hopeful for you always.

💗Anna Werrun


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