About Me: Female, Norwood, MA, member since Apr 2010
I'm a single mom or 4, two boys (almost 12 and almost 16) and two girls (13 and almost 19.) I also have a year-old Yorkie named Charlie. We got him for my 13 year-old daughter but he's definitely bonded with me. My 83-year old dad also lives with us. Sometimes I thi
[More]nk he's in better shape than I am! I love traveling and don't get to do it as much as I want. I'm out on medical leave from work and have a lot of down time at the moment.
I have a bunch of pain issues. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia after I had my last son, nearly 12 years ago. I also have really bad arthritis. I have a very strong family history of arthritis on both sides of the family, but I watched my mom suffer with it for years and years. I seem to have inherited a lot of her genes (mostly good ones :)
Four years ago I had a joint replacement in my left thumb. It was a failure, and since then I've had about 9 more surgeries. I've had many procedures and done PT and OT with little relief. I am trying to taper my medication down to nothing. I want to see where my real pain is and then reevaluate things. I felt I was on too much and I wasn't myself any longer. I'll more than likely need to stay on something but I am hopeful it will be a lot less.
I try to keep busy by learning new things about different cultures. Since I'm home a lot I spend a lot of time on the computer. I used to love the gym and had finally got myself into amazing shape. Unfortunately, over the past year my pain issues has made the gym an impossibility. I'm hoping this summer that I can start back to the gym slowly. Swimming has always brought me a bit of relief. I just need to get back at it again!
I was thinking of you today and remembering the great fighter you are !!! long time since i have seen you around here but just wanted to send some hugs and good thoughts, remember you are a fighter with a beautiful soul, mellie
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