Sunday: Don’T Give UP #OOTD

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Happy Sunday.  Today is one of the best days of the week. A day of worship, rest and family.   I was super excited to be able to attend church as well as I had the opportunity to carry my bag that was given to me as a gift Since I have not been working, I was wondering when I would be able to use the beautiful bag. I finally decided that It would be perfect for church and ministry work.

 

I continue to practice what I preach ” look better than you feel.”  After church, I had my daughter to get a few quick pictures of me.

 

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Black and White Printed Dress (Ross) Black Cropped Sweater (The Limited) Daesin HandBag

 

 

No matter how you feel get up and “Get Dressed and Never Give up!”  #FibroSuffer

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Much Love Nora

Jeremiah 29:11

 

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Compassion Fatigue 

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Are you in a helping profession or a care giver?

Have you heard of the term Compassion Fatigue ?

Let’s take a good look at what Compassion Fatigue looks like and some options and resources if you are dealing with compassion Fatique.

As a mental health professional and living with a chronic health condition. I have been researching Compassion Fatique and the correlation between the two.

 

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In the early 1990s, Compassion Fatique was first seen in the nursing and health care profession. It was not until many years later that it was looked at in other helping professionals.

Below are some key areas to be focused on when looking to gain better insight into Compassion Fatigue.

Commom Symptoms

1. Anger and irritability

2. Insomnia

3. Low energy

4. Isolation from others

5. Changes in Appetite

6. Frequent Flashbacks

7. Lack of Motivation

8. Guilty Feelings

9. Sadness or Depressive Symptoms

10. Lack of ability to focus/ Concentration

11. Somatic complaints ( stomach aches, headaches)

12. Poor coping

13 .Anxiety ( excessive worry )

14. Feeling Hopeless

15. Unproductive at work

16 . Issues with interpersonal relationships

Although the symptoms are very symptoms to the common mental health diagnosis, Compassion Fatique is not mental illiness.

If you have any of the symptoms above and having difficulty coping feel free to reach out for additional support from a professional or your primary care physician.

Find positive and healthy outlets.

You may also consider signing up for Selfcare programs or I highly recommend subscribing to MYME Box a Subscription Box that is delivered directly to your door or a great gift for a person that you may think is suffering from Compassion Fatigue.

https://www.cratejoy.com/get-your-lifebox-pamper-you/

Additional Website resources

http://www.compassionfatigue.org/

http://www.stress.org/military/for-practitionersleaders/compassion-fatigue/

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New Book Release |13 Recipes To Heal Fibromyalgia

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Exciting news…. I recently wrote a small book , an book that has been accepted on Amazon. The book officially launched on 3-6-16. This is the first of many books that will be going out in the near future. I am super excited and I am hosting a giveaway on Amazon to help feature the book…

Here is the YouTube Video that details the giveaway and show the sample of the ebook.

Please watch and share….

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CMKDAUW/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_awdo_dYl3wb1FE2351

Purchase your copy here….

Thanks for you your support & encouragement.

Jeremiah 29:11

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Psalms 121: A Prayer of Healing

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Psalm 121:1-2, 4-8 KJ

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. [2] My help cometh from the Lord , which made heaven and earth. [4] Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. [5] The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. [6] The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. [7] The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. [8] The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

My Journey: is my Testimony. …This week has been very tough. And just when I begin to feel the worst of worst in my body I am reminded of the miracles already performed and I am not left with a witness that God has not left me alone and He is fully capable of giving me the miracle of healing… I will continue to keep my faith that my change will come. I trust God. I will not be left behind in this season of Blessings . No matter how it looks or shall I say how I feel!

Fibromyalgia is real, but it does not define me or control me.

 

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Coping with Fibromyalgia/Chronic Pain

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Background Information 

This post is geared towards offering som tips to dealing with Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain disorders. 

Fibromyalgia is the most common musculoskeletal condition. It often goes misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Fibromyalgia includes widespread joint pain and fatigue. 

Fibromyalgia causes you to ache all over. You may also have tender points on the body that may be painful to touch. Fibromyalgia may cause you to have irregular sleep patterns as well as mood disturbances such as depression.

Som patients may also have the following symptoms: headaches, stomach aches , inability to concentrate ( fibromyalgia fog) , numbness or tingling in the fingers and feet

If you are having symptoms that you are unsure , I recommend you seeing your primary care doctor for a referral to a specialist ( commonly known as a rheumatologist)

My Story 

After many years of suffering ongoing pain and many test to rule out conditions such lupus and thyroid disease I was finally diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Degenerative Arthritis  and osteoarthritis.

I live with chronic pain and a daily basis. I was initially prescribed medications that I was not comfortable taking for different reasons. There were some that I tried ( Lyrica & Savella) that did not help me. I really have not found any medication that offered me any relief.

I continue to educate myself and trust God that there will be answer and a relief for myself and others.

7 tips to cope with Fibromyalgia

1. Reduce Stress – modify your lifestyle and learn to say “No” Sometimes we are over achievers and take on too many obligations.

2. Sleep- make sure you are getting recommended about of sleep. If you are having trouble with restful sleep you will need to develop a night time routine that will help you to get the sleep that you need.

3. Relaxation- aside from sleeping you need to take 20-30 minutes breaks during the day to help to relax you mind and your body. If you are working, try to plan 10 minutes or so out of the day  get some quiet time in order to make it through the day easier.

4.Exercise – I know this may be the toughest one to do. In honesty, this is one of the most important things to try to do because the mobility really is helpful to keep the joints from being so stiff. This also helps stretch muscles. I have not tried this but, warm water aerobics have been very beneficial to some fibromyalgia suffers.

5. Prayer & Mediation- We have to keep our faith and trust in God to give us the strength to believe in the divine healing power. You have to stay positive and believe that there is healing for you. Your healing may come from a spiritual miracle from God or it may come from researchers finally coming up with a medication that will help.

Jeremiah 29:11  is my favorite scripture…that helps me to know that there is help and healing for me..it is not God’s desire to cause harm to us.

6. Eat Wise – it really does matter what the types of food you consume. Drink plenty of water , eat green( lots of leafy green vegetables) and add some type of daily vitamins. Stay away from colas and chocolate.

7. Live & Be happy- this may be easier said than done. Get involved in at least two leisure activities that you enjoy doing. It may be swimming, reading, knitting, spending time with friends, shopping etc…. For me, it has been spending quality time with my family & photography.

Live, Love, Laugh…..

#livewithpurpose

Much Love, Nora

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