Author Archives: Barbara Keddy

About Barbara Keddy

I am a Professor Emeritus, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. My B.Sc.is in Nursing while my MA. and Ph.D. are in Sociology. I am married, a mother and grandmother living on the east coast of Canada. I have personally lived with fibromyalgia for about 40 years. I published a book with iUniverse in 2007. This book detailed living with this condition and allowed the voices of twenty women who have fibromyalgia to tell their stories.

Fibromyalgia: pink palms, smooth feet

” The biology of pain is never straightforward, even when it appears to be”, Lorimer Moseley I thought I knew it all: fibromyalgia is a constant hyper-arousal of the central nervous system and all the symptoms that evolve from that … Continue reading

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AFFLICTED…Netflix documentary reviewed

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear”,Mark Twain I  have watched all episodes of the documentary Afflicted on Netflix. My mind is reeling and disturbed. I am hoping that by writing this blog I can … Continue reading

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Mirror therapy and fibromyalgia

” IT’S NOT THAT I’M SO SMART, IT’S JUST THAT I STAY WITH PROBLEMS LONGER” Albert Einstein And so, I began yet another journey with a therapy that I had not used before- ‘mirror therapy’. My physiotherapist had shown me how … Continue reading

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Sara Corning: A Brave Humanitarian Nurse

“She learned to Serve Others”, headstone of Sara Corning My dear Readers:

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Anxiety and Mindfulness: Relevance to Fibromyalgia

” Anxiety can come over you without any event or stimulation triggering it”, Andrew Safer

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Fibromyalgia: ANXIETY- PANIC ATTACKS

” PTSD is similar to Panic Attacks in that once turned on, the anxiety is fed into a vicious cycle”, David Yeung Anxiety, depression and panic attacks are triplets. They live together and feed on one another. The sources of these three … Continue reading

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Nurses and Fibromyalgia

” The greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel” , Florence Nightingale A dreidel is a four-sided spinning top. I loved the above quote but … Continue reading

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Fibromyalgia is an anxiety disorder

” People who are prone to anxiety are nearly always people-pleasers who fear conflict and negative feelings like anger”, David D. Burns Everyone worries, it falls under the umbrella of anxiety. It is not about living in the moment but … Continue reading

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Fibromyalgia and its Siblings: Symptoms, Symptoms, Symptoms!

” Trying to eradicate symptoms on the physical level can be extremely important, but there’s more to healing than that; dealing with psychological, emotional and spiritual issues involved in treating sickness is equally important”, Marianne Williamson I have become discouraged of … Continue reading

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Fibromyalgia and the highly empathetic/ highly sensitive person

” Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods”, Anthon St. Marten Anton St. Marten writes that to feel intensely is “the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate”. Rather than believing that the person who … Continue reading

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Developing fibromyalgia as a child

“Over-controlled by anxious, fearful parents, these children often become anxious and fearful themselves”, Susan Forward Recently a commentator on one of the blogs wanted more of my personal information. She said that I was prone to write about others rather … Continue reading

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Hope for a new year living with fibromyalgia

“Hope springs eternal in the human breast”, Alexander Pope  

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The causes of fibromyalgia

  “Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom”, SØREN  KIEGKEGAARD People have wounds and challenges we cannot see. This is why fibromyalgia is an invisible dis-ease of the central nervous system. Fibromyalgia will occur in specific personality types:

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The Dos and Don’ts of Fibromyalgia

” You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down”, Charlie Chaplin Do 1. Do practice meditation- breathe

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Fibromyalgia, my unquiet mind

” The mind is the most capricious of insects-flitting, fluttering”, Virginia Woolf Sit quietly for a minute and imagine this stream with leaves quietly floating by in the water.

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Fibromyalgia- Conversion Disorder?

“We must cultivate the courage to look deeply, with clarity and courage, into our own suffering”, Peter A. Levine  

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Living with fibromyalgia and heart disease

“Coping with a chronic illness is work”, Carolyn Thomas A very new book has just been published by Carolyn Thomas: A Woman’s Guide to Living with Heart Disease, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017. It is one of a kind! … Continue reading

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Fibromyalgia and the tendency toward anxiety

“When anxious people anticipate something bad about to happen- such as being confronted with creepy pictures of snakes or spiders- their right frontal insulas go into overdrive”, Blakeslee and Blakeslee Many of us with fibromyalgia can remember childhood as the … Continue reading

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Fibromyalgia: Healing yourself

” What I want for my fans and for the world, for anyone who feels pain, is to lean into that pain and embrace it as much as they can and begin the healing process”, Lady Gaga There has rarely … Continue reading

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Letting go: How to live with Fibromyalgia

” To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit”, Jack Kornfield In the newspaper today there is an editorial written by Jane Brody … Continue reading

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