I’m Bound and Determined!

Remember. . . keep plodding along!

I’m just a regular person. I don’t have anything special or significant to say. I’m really not even sure why I want to learn how to blog–maybe just to try and keep current on technological things. Maybe my friends will be impressed with my “know-how.” I heard on the Kim Komando radio program that wordpress.org was the place to go to get started blogging. So here I am. It doesn’t really matter how user friendly a website is–I usually need help from my youngest daughter. She’s the one who got me started with my Facebook page. Sure enough, she had to show me where to start typing my first entry. I might have figured it out myself, but heck, she was standing right here–so why not save some time and ask for her help? (And she’s never even blogged before.) Oh well, the more I try the better I’ll get.

I’m trying to decide what kind of topic or subject I would like to focus my blog on. As my user name implies, I like guns and shooting. I don’t hunt. I just like to hit the target. My son owns and operates his own gun store, teaches many gun related classes, and helps people with any kind of gun or ammo questions they might have. I want to carry concealed when I can.

I also love to cook. I’ve always tried to eat healthy and feed my family healthy. The last couple of years I’ve tried to be as vegetarian as I can, which is most of the time. (I think you’d call me a “flexitarian.”) I love reading and collecting cookbooks and then trying new recipes.

A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which is a central nervous system disorder that manifests itself in chronic pain. It has really changed my life. Many of the things I used to be able to do (and loved doing) I can’t do anymore. Actually, I think I’ve had symptoms of fibromyalgia for many years, but it didn’t progress to a point where I had to have medical help to deal with the pain. Oftentimes people with fibro also have chronic fatigue syndrome. I have been lucky and haven’t had that ailment. I’ve been through a period of depression, but have overcome that with the help of some medication. The pain I experience is all over my body. Over-the-counter meds don’t do anything for the pain, but a couple of prescription medications are helpful. Most doctors don’t know much about how to treat fibromyalgia patients, so it can be very frustrating. If you cry about the pain you are having, they think you need a therapist to help you deal with anxiety, but if you act normal, they don’t think you are really in pain. It can be very frustrating too, because I look normal. I’ve always had a very high tolerance for pain and hardly ever went to a doctor or took OTC meds. So all in all, it has been a real adjustment for me, and I’ve spent a long time grieving over the change in my life.  It wasn’t until I finally accepted the fact that this is my life now, and I need to make the best of it, that I’ve begun to enjoy life again. This has been a pretty long paragraph and I don’t want to whine and complain about my life. I have thought about making my blog one that can encourage people with chronic pain and help them set goals and move forward with the things they still can do. We’ll see what it turns in to. I’m not a great writer, but I’ll do the best I can, and maybe if it doesn’t ever help anyone else, it will be good for me. I’m bound and determined to enjoy the rest of my life and I’d like to help others do the same. I have a wonderful and supportive husband, five children that I love dearly, and six fantastic and lively grandsons. I have faith in my Heavenly Father and in my Savior, Jesus Christ. With their help, I should be able to make it through whatever life gives me.

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