Reflections On Living with Fibromyalgia On Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

Dear Community,

Today is Wednesday May 12, 2021 and it also happens to be National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.

It’s been 11 years since I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in the fall of 2010 and my life has never been the same.

11 years of ups and downs.

11 years of learning how to live a full life as a disabled person.

11 years of turning lemons into lemonade.

I have been fortunate to have met a cadre of amazing people over the past decade. Many of these experiences and people are because of my work and affiliation with the U.S Pain Foundation. I have the honor of being featured in the latest issues of U.S Pain’s quarterly magazine The Invisible Project. You can read more about my journey living with fibromyalgia here.

I’ve some so many priceless experiences and done so many wonderful things even while this illness changes the scope and trajectory of my life. I cant say that I would change a thing about any of the experiences that I have had. Every single moment, the highs and lows, and good days and the not so good days have placed me here in this moment.

What to learn more about fibromyalgia and what it’s like to live with it?

Click here to read about “The Spoon Theory” by Christine Miserandino

Click here to read articles I’ve written over on my original blog

About Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

Did you know that Fibromyalgia Awareness Day was started right here at the NFA in 1998? Since then millions of people have embraced May 12th as a day to share with others what it is like to live with fibromyalgia. Now, 20 years later, the National Fibromyalgia Association is still working hard to bring awareness across the globe through Awareness day.

About Calvin Eaton

(he/his/him) Calvin Eaton is a disabled community educator, content creator, and social entrepreneur, whose area of expertise includes antiracism, equity, justice, instructional design, and program development. In 2016 Mr. Eaton founded 540WMain, Inc. a virtual non-profit organization and antiracist education brand that promotes justice for all. The organization encourages individuals to broaden their horizons and learn more about multidisciplinary issues and topics that impact the world. 

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