We are not only Fibro Fighterz, but we are writers, moms, dads, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, teachers, coaches, and so much more! Find out a little bit about us all below!
Jennifer L. Corter
Editor in Chief -FighterZine
Jennifer is a 22 year-old stay-at-home mom to a little ball of energy named Syrus Voltaire. She is a freelance writer/journalist with a passion for creating jewelry. She began FibroFighterz in the summer of 2007, and since then the site has grown to over 9,300 fans and growing more and more each day. If you would like to know more about FibroFighterz or would like to contribute to Fighterzine, please contact her at JLynnCorter@yahoo.com
Editor At Large/Super Supportive Spouse
Jeremy is a 25 year old devoted husband and father. He spends much of his time reading, playing with his son and supporting his wife’s many endeavors. He currently works as a laboratory assistant and frequently enjoys writing and editing.
Jennifer is a 41 year-old Fibro Fighter who has been battling this condition for the past ten years, and has been doing so without the use of prescription medications. She is currently employed as an executive assistant to an attorney, a job which she enjoys. She frequently enjoys football games, gardening, watching movies and writing.
Kate is a 31 year old Chronic Pain Demon Fighter, who has been battling chronic pain for 6 years. She has multiple headache conditions, Cluster Headaches, Chronic (everyday) Tension Headaches, Migraines & TrigeminalNeuralgia. She was recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in March 2012. She enjoys crocheting, scary movies, reading, music, spending time with her Husband & family. Her therapy is blogging about her “adventures” through out the pain infiltration.
Tabitha is a 34 year-old stay at home mom of 2 beautiful children’ 10 year old Brendin and 8 year-old Devin. She has been happily married to Matt, the love of her life for almost 14 years. She possesses a degree in Executive Secretarial and Freelance Writing. She was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia nearly 5 years ago, after she had gastric bypass surgery. Since then she has lost 130 pounds and has kept it off. She has enjoyed writing since she was a little girl, and has big plans for the future which includes writing and publishing her first book. She also enjoys reading and spending time with her friends and family.
Melody is a 26 year-old Fibro Fighter, officially diagnosed in 2012, but her symptoms began when she gave birth to her youngest daughter. Although this illness has proved to be challenging for her, she wouldn’t trade her daughter for the world. She enjoys being a stay-at-home mom, a writer, singer and scrapbooker. She also enjoys keeping herself busy and is always quick to lend a hand to those in need.
“Hello all! My name is Genna. I am a wife of (almost) 15 years and mother to 5 rambunctious little munchkins ages 12.5, 10, 7, 3.75, and 16 months old. Indeed, keeping up with my crew and the associated responsibilities is quite the monumental undertaking and would be so for anyone. Dealing with Fibromyalgia in the midst of all of this has truly been a test of my will and determination. My oldest daughter has Type 1 diabetes and chronic asthma as well, so, while she is an energetic and bright young lady, she has some struggles of her own, suffering from chronic migraines, too. I’ve dealt with Fibromyalgia and its troublesome symptoms for at least 10 years but thought that I was just exhausted and getting older. After the birth of my, now, 3.75 year old (LoL), something changed… EVERYTHING changed. I couldn’t remain alert, my body would hurt all over, and I’d fall asleep every evening on my husband’s shoulder. This was SO unlike me. Taking naps? Spending the entire day indoors, too worn out by the THOUGHT of an outing to even consider it. Initially, I thought that it was just a period of adjustment that I was enduring because of the baby. Thankfully, I have a very thorough GP who referred me to a rheumatologist immediately and I received a diagnosis very quickly. That, however, was just the beginning. I would be referred from my rheumatologist to a neurologist, trying all of the medications “approved” for use as treatment for Fibromyalgia: Lyrica, Cymbalta, Savella, Effexor XR with no relief. In the process, I became pregnant but suffered a miscarriage, that sent me into a very difficult time, physically and emotionally. Thankfully, through prayer and support, I was able to find comfort and have, since, welcomed a new little one to the bunch, now 16 months old. Unfortunately, I found no relief in the medications that I tried and had truly lost hope in EVER reclaiming any quality of life. However, after many, many doctor’s visits, I finally found a compassionate doctor who listened and worked with me to find the right combination of medications to maximize my comfort. It’s been a VERY long road but I’m SO glad to be here and be able to say: “I’m a FIGHTER!” I look forward to getting to know all of my fellow Fighterz!”
“My name is Sonya Richards. I am 48 years old, married and and have two daughters, 24 & 18. I live outside of Richmond Virginia. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia eight years ago. I started out with some strange fatigue. I can’t really remember the specifics now, but I know it was more than just a tired feeling, otherwise I would not have gone to the doctor about it. He thought I might be depressed and so did I, so I started taking St. John’s Wort. Don’t remember how that went, but it didn’t work or I wouldn’t be here now. Next came the strange pains. Again, hard to remember it all but what I do remember is my GP touching a spot on my back along the spine that made me nearly jump off the table! It felt like a bruise, only ten times more painful. So off to have an xray, which showed some arthritis in my spine but not enough to cause the degree of pain I had.
I have my biggest supporter of all time and that has been my Chihuahua, Emmy aka Emmy Lou. I gotten her about 6 years ago. I have never regretted getting her. She has come to learn when I am in pain truly and gives me that look of, “slow down”, them I do. She has also helped me by giving me something I had to get up and take care of as well being I have no children and I am not married. Emmy is my motivator when I need the extra boost. Pets are amazing to have for any reason. I love my Emmy Lou lots!
My biggest thing I get great joy out of is doing volunteer work in my local area. Currently I volunteer with animals at our biggest animal shelter, The Humane Society of Utah. I get great pleasure from the animals and knowing that they want what I want, someone with a caring heart and a gentle hand. Its a great feeling to give an animal a second chance to find that one family, who will love them.
Now for my story of how I have gotten to this point, to where I have taken the chance to blog.
I had never even heard of fibromyalgia until I was 18 years old. I was starting to have pain all over and it was getting worse. Just getting out of bed was becoming a night mare. I had been working full time since I was 16 years old. But it was getting harder to even make it to work, I was falling down a lot and I would just cry in dying pain even just getting out of bed. After a year, of undergoing what felt like a million tests and negative tests results, with lots of wondering if this was all in my head like the doctors had been treating me. I finally was getting at my wits end and was going to give up completely and let go of all hope for myself, one afternoon like always I had another doctors appointment that I was going to be treated like I was making my symptoms up; finally my doctor had come in the room and told me, ” I have bad news and good news which would you prefer” … of course, I had told him, ” give me the bad news first”, he had told me, ” well bad news is you have fibromyalgia, good news is your tests came back negative”, of course at this time is was confused being I never heard of it before. After being told what it was and my treatment options plus being told its incurable. I was even more depressed and didn’t know what I could do to over come this new condition I had. At 19, I began doing my own research and my own treatments at home, I made the decision to not let this beat me. I became more active by walking more and changing my diet around. I was on so many medicines I wasn’t able to keep up what I was trying to do. My doctor had told me there was no other options for me at this time other then what he had been doing. I had taken it upon myself to find a more caring and understanding doctor. I met with a few doctors before I found the one. Finally, I had gotten a doctor that agreed with me that all the medicine I was on, was only masking my pain and not really helping me. After about 6-7 months of different medicines, we found some that I was able to function on well. I was finally able to work my full time job and get back to being active. I started all of my hobbies again. Although here I am at 31 years of age, I have also been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, tendinitis, carpal tunnel, a inflamed ligament along my spin along within the last year of 2011 to 2012. I know I am able to overcome it all with time and patience. I still do everything I enjoy and learned to live my life to the fullest that I can, but most of all to never give up hope within myself.
This is what I want others to feel within themselves as well. It is a struggle at times still don’t get me wrong but being positive and focus you will be able to accomplish anything. Support of family and friends help a lot but you can only help yourself and keep going strong. Again never give up hope!!!! I look forward to being a part of many positive things to come.”
“My name is Tiffany Reuzenaar, am 27 (28 next month), and have been treated for fibro for 3 years now.
I was lucky enough to marry my best friend last May. We live in Indiana, and have 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a horse. I am a huge Pitbull advocate as one of my dogs is a pittie, and the other is a pittie mix. I love this breed and do all that I can to educate people on this wonderful, and misunderstood breed. My “kids” have been there for me through all my struggles with love and devotion.I started having back, shoulder, and neck pain at 20. I was a vet assistant and all the lifting was a constant source of reinjuring myself. I had to give up my passion after 5 years, I was told by my pain specialist I would be in a wheelchair if I didn’t by 30. After that I was a dental assistant, and that’s when the pain went to full body.I have been through many different specialists, and everyone of them I have heard “your too young for this pain”. Believe me, I know that, and would do anything to change that fact! I went through a mourning period as we all do, missing the life that once was. But I still enjoy taking care of my kids and my horse. I’ve been trying to teach myself animal massage and as I know how much a pair of hands can be so healing for pain. My horse, Princess, is in her mid 20’s and can tell that a good massage makes her feel better! I enjoy various crafting. I also have recently taken up crocheting, which helps keep my mind occupied.
I also do a lot of reading of the different articles about fibro that are out there. The knowledge along with the stories of others greatly help me through my fight with fibro. I believe it’s something you truly have to take one day at a time.”
“”I will begin with one of my favorite quotes:
“I do not want to be a product of my environment, I want my environment to be a product of me.”
– Jack Nicholson
You are probably thinking, what does that have to do with fibromyalgia??? Well to me, it has everything to do with it. My interpretation of this quote is to not let your “environment” (i.e. life, family, illness), have power over you. I do not let my illness have power over me, nor do I want it to be the only thing I am identified with. I want my world to be a product of what I can do, create, and love.
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis, in 2003, though now my doctors feel I have had it most of my life. Going undiagnosed and misdiagnosed for so many years, is my reason I am so excited to be a contributor to Fighterzine, to help support others, increase awareness and to hopefully encourage more research of chronic pain and illness.
In addition to contributing here, I work full time out of the home, and am beginning to build a side business, Bone and Ink Creations, creating custom jewelry, accessories, jewelry boxes and keepsake boxes, and cattle skull art. I love almost all things creative, it has been very therapeutic for me.
I live in Oklahoma, with my greatest supporter, biggest fan and love of my life, Randy. I have 2 wonderful children and 3 beautiful grandsons along with my other 3 “babies”, our dogs, Angel, Farley and Kobe.”
“Hey all, My name is Lakshmi, friends call me Laks 🙂 I am 35 years old, married for 11 years, mom to two lovely boys, ages 9.5 and 7. Urban planner and designer, writer/editor, really amateur photographer, wanna-be chef/baker, I am fiercely independent with a rebelling streak, known for my tomboyish traits,…..Love all things organic, casual, comfy & earthy (READ: PJs and t-shirts). Music and Books are an absolute necessity to me survival. I lived with my family in Fremont, CA since 2002 and relocated back to India in 2010.
“Anna Eidt, a.k.a Brain Storm, is a musician, writer, and high school teacher who loves cats, crafting, and all things miniature. Anna aims to teach through a social justice lens and infuse as much choice, creativity, and room for project-based, student-centered learning in her courses as possible (and has a pretty good time doing it). While dealing with the challenges of chronic pain since the Fall of 2012, Anna has ranted, complained, rejoiced, and blogged about the emotional and logistical struggles of being a migraineur. Having been moderately successful so far in devising her own treatment plan with the help of some very special medical professionals, she is currently planning projects around the need for peer support for chronic painers and their partners and caregivers. Anna is from Halifax, Nova Scotia and currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.”
She hopes to help spread awareness about FMS and other chronic illnesses, believing that our illness is only invisible if we remain silent.