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Chronic Friday Link-Up #24

July 1

What is Chronic FridayLinkup?

Chronic Friday Linkup is a place for chronic illness bloggers to share their personal stories, inspiring messages, product reviews, or informative articles about chronic illness.


What is the purpose of the linkup?

The purpose of this linkup is for chronic illness thrivers to help, encourage and support one another on our journey to healing. Chronic illness varies from person to person, but we all have the same end goal: to not feel alone and thrive in our lives.


Chronic Friday Linkup Hostess

photo credit: Valerie Hombach Photography

photo credit: Valerie Hombach Photography

I am the writer and creator at Being Fibro Mom and My Fibro Journal. I am a follower of Christ, wife to a supportive husband, mother to four sweet children, and fibromyalgia thriver. Being Fibro Mom was created in 2013 in the hopes of helping fibromyalgia sufferers become fibromyalgia thrivers. My mission is to change the mantra “you don’t look sick” and replace it with knowledge, understanding, compassion, and healing.

Talk with me on social media!

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Chronic Friday Linkup Co-Hostess


Hello! I’m Kristine (a.k.a. ‘Red) from ‘A Life Well Red’.

In December of 2014 I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS). It was then the true genesis of my website was formed. I sought out, and found millions of people living with, and suffering through what are called ‘invisible’ chronic illnesses.

These are the diseases that go widely unrecognized, and are often unacknowledged because we don’t ‘look’ sick. And yet, they are anything but invisible to us, and to the ones we love.

It is my goal to continue to bring legitimacy and understanding to these conditions that affect tens of millions of people all around the world. With a focus on; educating with factshealthy living, and (hopefully) humor, I invite you to come along with me, as we strive to find beauty and grace living this life with ‘invisible’ chronic illness.

Talk with me on social media!

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This Week’s Featured Blogger


Paralyzed, Attacked, and Suffocated from Sleepy American

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My article was featured at #ChronicFridayLinkup! #fibromyalgia #chronicillness Click To Tweet

Other Notable Posts

5 Ways to cope with Fibromyalgia fatigue from Chronic Mom

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The Impossible Dream, Part 2 from Leaving a Legacy

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How To Support Someone With MB

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Group Boards on Pinterest

I have two group board on Pinterest – Chronic Illness and Fibromyalgia Information. If you’d like to be added as a contributor to either or both boards, please contact me.

Being Fibro Mom


Get Reminders of the Chronic Friday Linkup

Linkup your #ChronicIllness post or personal story at #ChronicFridayLinkup ! #spooniebloggers Click To Tweet


Share Your Stories and Articles with Us!


In order to spread support of all chronic illness sufferers and bloggers, please PLACE A LINK BACK TO THIS PAGE in the post that you linked. This linkup is to offer resources to sufferers and their loved ones.

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  • Reply Lea Butler July 1 at 7:26 am

    I have Complex PTSD. I’m not convinced that I have fibro myalgia. Yes I show all the symptoms of this awful disease. But I have seen other people suffer that can’t get out of bed. That part is not me. In 2000 I got into a car crash. Was hit from behind. Then I got sick. And sick again. And again. For 6 months I was sick. I kept getting up to go to work. When I could. My Doctor referred me to an Internist. She checked me for several things. She said that I have the antibodies for every flu that had gone around that year. She then told me that because she couldn’t find more than this, that I have fibromyalgia. Told me to take care of myself. There was nothing she could do. In 2004 my youngest child told me she had been sexually abused by a family member. We started court proceedings and I was always sick. CASE took my child away in 2005 because of her behavioural issues. Sent her to a special school for therapy. Sent me to parenting classes and other therapies. It would be 2 years before I got her back. Her abuser was one of my many abusers. I spiraled into deep depression and had to quit my job as I became less and less effective at it. I had worked since I was 14 years old. I was a single mother of 3 children. From two marriages. I was on my third marriage. I was stressed. Missing my baby. Visiting her as often as was possible. We were both then given the diagnosis of complex PTSD. Made complex because we were so emeshed in each other that it was difficult not to trigger each other. And we both have 99.5 % memory recall for graphic events. I have continued with many therapies since then. She has been unable to do so. Yes I show symptoms of fibromyalgia but I am also very depressed which can mask the same signs. I think my mind has shut down my body so I can deal with trama.

    • Reply kristine July 1 at 10:30 am

      I am so sorry Lea, how utterly heartbreaking. I was told once by a trusted counselor that sexual abuse (second only to murder) has the most devestating effect on a person’s soul. There is so much truth to that.
      I will say that not everyone who has FMS is bedridden. In fact, there are stages ranging from mild to severe. Also, PTSD and FMS are often inter-linked.
      I sincerely hope that you and your daughter are getting the care you need and deserve now. Our systems of justice often punish the victims rather than the victimizers. Our greatest hope lies in the fact that one day, all ‘wrongs’ will be made ‘right’ & there will be justice, one day…
      All my love and prayers go out to you & your precious baby girl ~ ♥

  • Reply Deborah Davis July 11 at 5:24 pm

    Sharing is caring! I am so delighted that you shared the Chronic Friday Link-Up with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party!Thank you so much for sharing your gems and for your support! All the best, Deborah
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