This is just a brief and humorous look at what it's like living with Fibro (Fibromyalgia) and CFIDS/CFS/ME (Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome) and is not meant to offend anyone living with it, caring for or knowing someone with this crud. For me, humor is good medicine.
There is no cure for this life altering, life stealing crud, but there is hope and what is referred to as remission or as most say: good days/weeks/months/years. I know this well because for years I fought my way out of that hell and back to good health and a new life style. While this crud is no longer a major part of my life, it is far from gone (as I like to wish) and rears its ugly head now and then just to let me know. I keep my gloves nearby because nothing will ever keep me down!
Mark and I believe that having gone through all that crap is what prepared me for breast cancer. And while I did not have to go through chemo, I believe that many of those who do may be able to relate to some of my Barbie's. In my next post, I'll go into more of what I did to get healthy again.
In case the above picture is too small to read, I'm including it below as well. When I wrote this, I didn't care so much for grammar, etc., so please excuse that part.
Introducing Fibro/CFIDS Barbie’s!
Light Heartedly Written
By Rocki Adams
This little beauty is a part of all our Fibro/CFIDS Barbie gals, however with “Fatigued” Barbie, you don’t have to do a thing with her as she will just sit or will lay down where ever you place her! She goes by the nick-name “Crash.” Bed, couch, recliner and jammies are included.
Warning: “Fatigued” Barbie is not just being tired, it is an all-encompassing exhaustion that renders you immobile, so be prepared to carry her at a moments notice if she over does it.
Fibro Fog Barbie
Confused? Forgetful? Do you find yourself standing in the bathroom looking in the medicine cabinet for your coffee? No problem! You can rest assured that with Fibro Fog Barbie, she’ll keep all your secrets untold! Memory aids included: necklace pen, note pad and map.
Low Immune System Barbie
Make sure not to take this Barbie outdoors or let anyone come near her that looks the slightest bit sick. This doll needs constant care, as she requires several medicines, supplements, vitamins, doctor visits, etc. A list of her daily regimen included.
If you can handle bloating, cramping, constipation and/or diarrhea, then this dolls is for you!
IBS pamphlet provided with a bonus recipe book Fiber Filled Foods!
“You Don’t Look Sick” Barbie
Sick? Awe, come on! Our “You Don’t Look Sick” Barbie is a quite a looker. On the outside she looks just like a “normal” gal. On the inside she’s in pain, feels sick, fatigued and hurts when she hears negative comments that her illness isn’t real, yet forces a smile in return.
Food Allergies Barbie
With Food Allergies Barbie you will get to experience foods you’ve never tasted or even knew existed before since she cannot eat most everything you can. Signs of reaction vary, but you’ll know if she ate something she shouldn’t because she’ll get sick quick.
Chemical Allergies Barbie
Don’t take this little gal down the cleaning
a pool chemical store as she’ll go into immediate allergic reaction and will be
down for days or weeks! This also
includes, but not limited to, perfumes, air fresheners, soap, flowers, pollen, aromas,
wind, air, etc. isle OR
Pity Party Barbie
Everyone’s invited, but most of the time, she’s at this party by herself. Comes complete with tears and pull string for blubbering. First year of Kleenex included.
Cannot touch, bend, move, or grab this gal. For display only! NOT for small children!
Caution: includes pain relief cream, ointment, heating pad, cold packs and many other pain relief items that may or may not even work.
If you are a night owl, then Zombie Barbie is for you! She doesn’t sleep a wink and will keep you company all night long – even if you don’t want her to.
Active & Aware Barbie
This gal represents all our Fibro/CFIDS Barbie’s. She is determined to continue to educate herself and others about this invisible illness. She will continue to fight to stay strong and be positive that she will overcome obstacles and learn coping skills to better live with this illness. She will provide you hope for the remission times to last longer and be more frequent until one day you will be symptom free! Please provide her with unconditional love, patience, understanding, and care. She comes complete with a large supply of Fibro wristbands and information flyers to be passed out to everyone.