My story with fibromyalgia

I was always an active child and was out playing, climbing trees and playing sports, but in 1995 I was hit by a car, and in all honesty, I should have died. I had to have two operations; the first was physically traumatic and the second was emotionally traumatic. I ended up with a plate and eight pins in my leg, after four months on traction failed. I was told that if I fell, was tackled, or thrown badly my leg was at risk of shattering, so the exercise stopped. In the same year, my Dad committed suicide. I tell you this because there is research that indicates a link between emotional trauma and developing fibromyalgia. 

I was in and out of physio for years but nothing ever really helped. 

And then in 2008, I injured my knee again... and that's where the problems started. Chronic pain, digestive problems, amongst other things, and reduced mobility. The only thing that helped my pain was alcohol, so I drank too much, ate junk food and would spend the majority of my time resting. 

I put on over 3 stone and went up 3 dress sizes (well, 4 if I'm honest) in less than 2 years. I started to wait for THAT photo. You know, the photo that people always say made them open their eyes to how big they'd got? But it never came. I continued to make poor decisions and my weight continued to go up. Having a history of heart disease and stroke in my family had always worried me but not enough to actually do anything about it. 

 

In 2014, I stumbled across Beachbody. I'd heard about Insanity and P90x and thought that anyone who wanted to do that, was crazy. I found Focus T25, fell in love and lost some weight but life got in the way. I went to Glastonbury Festival and all the bad habits with using alcohol to manage my pain and eating junk-food returned. I never did finish T25

I was studying and had a stressful job, so my health and well-being took a back seat. I had been diagnosed with Chronic Pain Syndrome many years before and all my other symptoms indicated I had Fibromyalgia.

 

I was taking a variety of pain killers to manage the various symptoms, but I relied on a walking stick most of the time. Life was a constant struggle.

I had an aggressive but benign tumour removed and knew I needed to make some changes. Not only was the tumour considered to be quite rare, when it did occur, it was most common in women aged 40-50; I was only 32!

I foresaw a future of disabled parking, limited mobility, medication, doctors appointments and deteriorating health. It was depressing. 

In 2015, after repeatedly trying to re-commit, I stumbled across a Facebook page that set my soul on fire. For the first time, I was filled with the confidence and self-belief that not only could I do whatever I put my mind to, I could help others to do the same. I felt alive. It was time for change. I heard that Shaun T, who'd done T25, was releasing a dance workout called Cize. I thought it sounded like fun and that it was the opportunity to start again. 

 

I was 200lbs, registered disabled and miserable. I  didn't want to sit around, waiting for THAT photo. I didn't want the life I foresaw; I wanted more

 

I wanted to make changes and help others make changes. I realised that living a healthy life doesn't have to be about depriving myself or slaving away at the gym for hours on end. I realised that exercise was fundamental in managing my condition, and being healthy meant having a healthy mind as well as a healthy body.

 

After Cize, I did multiple rounds of 21 Day Fix, before finding my spirit workout, PiYo ; this combination of pilates, yoga and dynamic movement was just what I needed, and was a way I could workout without aggravating my pain. 

At the start of 2016, I was lucky enough to work out with Shaun T. I was at the start of my fitness journey and never would have thought that I could have survived a live workout with Shaun T. Not only did I survive, I thrived. I realised that the ONLY thing that had been holding me back was myself. I literally could do anything that I put my mind to. 2016 became the year I changed; 2016 became the year that I started to shape my own destiny. 

I now live a life that is free of medication. I haven't used a walking stick in over a year and foresee a life without boundaries or limitations. I am free, and you can be too

 

Eve's journey

Jan 2016

Jan 2016

Jan 2016

Jan 2016

March 2016

March 2016

May 2016

May 2016

May 2016

May 2016

June 2016

June 2016

June 2016

June 2016

June 2016

June 2016

June 2016

June 2016

August 2016

August 2016

August 2016

August 2016

August 2016

August 2016

August 2016

August 2016

August 2016

August 2016

August 2016

August 2016

January 2017

January 2017

Jan 2017

Jan 2017

January 2017

January 2017

January 2017

January 2017

January 2017

January 2017

January 2017

January 2017

January 2017

January 2017

March 2017

March 2017

October 2017

October 2017

October 2017

October 2017

October 2017

October 2017

October 2017

October 2017

October 2017

October 2017

November 2017

November 2017

November 2017

November 2017

November 2017

November 2017

January 2018

January 2018

January 2018

January 2018

January 2018

January 2018

January 2018

January 2018