The Sacramento Together Walk was a great success! Once all of the funds have been counted we will be at $6,615 with more to come.
May 24, 2017
EVENT: Sacramento Together Walk
EVENT DATE: May 21, 2017
Terry's story: I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about 10 years ago. It was a very long road to get to that diagnosis. Many tests...all negative. Visits to many doctors, neurologists, cardiologist, and psychologist. These are the questions I faced: Why are you here, all of your tests are negative? What kind of stressors are you under? I wore a heart monitor, but nothing came of that. I tried new medications, but nothing changed... I even had a very bad side effect to several of the medications. Until one day while I was in my classroom, a student got up from his desk, lost his balance, and fell towards me placing his hand on my back to catch himself so he wouldn't fall to the floor. That touch on my back left me screaming in pain. I went to the doctor and she checked all of the trigger points, and there it was I had sensitivity to the touch in 12/18 trigger points. The doctor said: "You have fibromyalgia." My response, "You mean that I am not crazy." She smiled and said, "YES." Then I began the quest to find relief from headaches, TMJ, IBS, all over body pain, heart palpitations, tingling/numbness, weight gain, dizziness, shortness of breath, I could go on. My PCP sent me to meditation classes, physical therapy, a sleep study, TMJ class, pain psychologist, and a neurologist for a re-evaluation. Some progress was made, but not as much as I wanted. It was up to me to find my own solutions. I started my own research, found a coach, worked with her, and found a naturopath and a chiropractor, who with my pcp found strategies, supplements, and medications that work for me. Then I decided that I would retire from teaching, that I would become a Certified Fibromyalgia Advisor/Coach so that I could help others with their diagnosis. I work with people 1-1 and in the Fibromyalgia Pathways' support group. Now I am the leader/coordinator of the Sacramento Together Walk. It is important for all of us to help those with fibromyalgia know that they are not crazy, that they are not invisible, and that what they are feeling is real. Please register to walk with Sacramento so that we can help others know who we are and what we feel.