I’m Carly, a 27-year-old Canadian woman. I am also a daughter, sister, fiance, friend, and advocate. I recently just graduated from my hometown university with a degree in psychology. I have always had a passion for finding different ways to help those around me, so psychology seemed like the right fit. Although I have yet to meet my ultimate goal (of becoming a social worker) I have been welcomed into a wonderful community that allows me to connect with all of you.
In 2017 I was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) & Fibromyalgia. This was the result of an injury I sustained in 2016.
ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia flipped my life upside down. It took away so much from me. It has also shown me how strong I am and how much I can gain when I share my story.
Sadly I haven’t experienced any form of healing. However, I do have some pain management favorites. I love my heating pad, tens machine, harmony roller, acupuncture mat, CBD rub, light exercise, and cannabis.
The physical struggle is REAL. The emotional struggle can also be real. However, what helps me is listening to my body and allowing it to feel what it needs to feel, honor yourself.
Smile because you still can. A lot of individuals battling chronic pain often feel like they can’t smile. Sometimes the pain is so intense that smiling feels something of the past. You mustn’t forget that you can always smile, nobody can take that away from you. I find it empowering to take control of what’s still yours, smiling is one of those things. Do what you have to do, watch a funny movie or TV show, never lose your smile. “Smile because you can”
Find Carly | @thefibrofemme
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