These T-Shirts Nail What It’s Like to Have Fibromyalgia
#1 | I Fight…
A lot of people think those of us with fibromyalgia or other invisible, chronic illnesses are lazy or weak. Wrong. Every single day is a battle. We didn’t want this fight…it came to us. But we fight nonetheless. We are not lazy or weak. It takes physical, mental and emotional strength the live with fibromyalgia.
#2 | It Takes Strength
Few people will experience the constant, widespread pain of fibromyalgia. It takes enormous strength to live with this pain. Some days we fight through it – other days we must resign ourselves to fight another day.
#3 | Straight Outta Spoons
For those not familiar with the Spoon Theory – it was a theory written by a chronic pain blogger to describe what it’s like to live with chronic pain. Imagine that each activity you do throughout the day costs a certain number of spoons in order to do. Most healthy people have enough spoons to do whatever they want. Those of us with chronic pain, however, only have a limited number of spoons – so we have to choose carefully what we do or don’t do.
#4 | I Like to Party…
Many of us also suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome. Even if we’re lucky enough to get a full night’s rest, we still wake up exhausted and feeling as if we hadn’t slept at all. So if the opportunity presents itself, a nap can be a lifesaver!
#5 | Tired
This describes how a lot of us feel! Tired. Between coping with a chronic illness and trying to manage the normal affairs of life – it can be pretty exhausting.
#6 | I Mustache You to Learn About Fibromyalgia
While awareness is spreading, there are still a lot of people who know little to nothing about fibromyalgia. There are also plenty of hurtful myths or misconceptions still floating around. While we don’t want to force anything on you, we’d love to talk about our condition if you ever want to ask!
#7 | Invisible Strength…
Fibromyalgia is sometimes referred to as an “invisible illness” – because they symptoms aren’t always visible or obvious to others. Along with these invisible symptoms comes an invisible strength that many sufferers must draw from to continue the daily struggle with the pain and other symptoms.
#8 | Meh
Everybody has “meh” days – those of us with fibromyalgia included. There will be days where we wish we could stay in bed all day. There will even be days where we may even have to stay in bed all day because the pain is too severe.
#9 | It’s a Spoonie Thing
Having an invisible illness can feel lonely and isolating. This loneliness stems from the fact that so few really understand our condition (and what it’s like to live with it). Fortunately, awareness is spreading – but even still there are some things you just won’t understand unless you’ve lived it.
#10 | I’m like 104% tired
To be honest – this shirt might not be completely accurate. If it said 204%, it’d be a little more on target! Weakness and fatigue are often a hallmark of fibromyalgia. The constant pain weakens both the body and mind. On top of that – sleep can be hard to come by when you suffer from chronic pain. Even if you do get sleep – studies have shown that the sleep cycles of people with chronic pain are continuously disrupted – meaning they don’t get the deep, restful sleep required to be fully rejuvenated.