Monthly Archives: May 2009

Fibromyalgia, ‘goodism’, self-sacrifice,”giving yourself away”

“Self development is a higher duty than self sacrifice”, Elizabeth Stanton

As I read more and more about brain mapping and how to change the pain mappings in my brain I am reminded about how intensely I wrote in my book regarding the highly sensitive person (HSP, according to Elaine Aron). This is the ’empath’, the person who senses what other people are feeling and takes on the emotions of others as though they were her/his own( I don’t mean this in the usual sense of the ‘psychic’ person, or in any mystical way). I still stand by that description of the person with fibromyalgia. We are like a toxic sponge! Now, I believe that this type of person (mainly, but, of course not solely, women) has the personality characteristics of the self sacrificing, doing good for others (what  Dr. James Rochelle calls ‘goodism’) and ‘giving yourself away’ (a term my physiotherapist coined). When I think of Florence Nightingale on this May day, her birthday month, suffering from fibromyalgia, I think of her as a primary example of self sacrificing.

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Fibromyalgia and Menopause: Our Bodies Ourselves

I have just been nominated as a Women’s Health Hero from the Our Body Ourselves collective by a former student. I am so honored by this nomination. The series of books written by this collective is superb. I wrote (with two colleagues) a chapter for their book on menopause which is a topic near and dear to my heart as fibromyalgia seems to speed up at mid-life. I also have a chapter in my own book on fibromyalgia regarding menopause. If you are  interested in nominating me (or some of the other wonderful women) please visit their site as soon as possible www.ourbodiesourselves.org/heroes.asp Nominations cease May 8th/09! Just reading about those lovely women is inspiring.

May 11,2009

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