Thriving with Fibromyalgia: Tips from the Girl Next Door

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Here's hope and help for fibromyalgia sufferers. When Michielle learned that she had fibromyalgia she researched everything she could about the insidious, invisible disorder that was causing her chronic muscle pain, disabling fatigue, cognitive problems and numerous secondary symptoms. She recognized the stress, havoc and depression fibromyalgia had brought to her once-active life. She also saw the effects -the confusion and turmoil - her illness had caused those who loved her as they tried to cope with the dramatic changes in her life. What she couldn't find was help and hope for her future...and she got mad. She was determined that fibromyalgia would not beat her - she was going to thrive in spite of her illness! So she continued to research. She tried all kinds of therapies and alternative medical treatments. She found products to help every aspect of her life. Then she decided to help others by telling everyone what she learned. In her warm, witty and sassy style, Michielle's Thriving with Fibromyalgia: Tips from the Girl Next Door tells: how to put yourself first-without guilt, organize your home, what products help with household chores, tips to make child-raising easier, alternative treatments that are safe, affordable and effective, and much more so you too can thrive in spite of fibromyalgia.

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Michielle Atherton was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1997. She was a Behavioral Science Specialist in the Army, but is now an instructor for the Department of Justice. Michielle lives in Central Florida. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, bicycling, canoing, and experiencing good food and wine.

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Michielle Atherton has been my patient since October 2005. She came to me for assistance in treating her fibromyalgia and I have watched her have her highs and lows and battle the disease since this date. I have always said to my patients that they need to be responsible for their own health. Your doctor is not always going to know every symptom that you have and it is your responsibility to research and own your disease. Michielle has done that in her book. She has taught me more about her disease than I ever knew. Through her I have researched the disease more thoroughly and have found better ways to treat her symptoms. Her research has helped me treat my patients that also have fibromyalgia more thoroughly and with better results. There is no cure for fibromyalgia, only ways to decrease the severity of the symptoms. I applaud Michielle for taking this step and writing down her life with the disease and the trials and tribulations that come with it. Together, Michielle and I will keep searching for answers. We urge you to do the same. --Christopher L. Cheshire, DOM Doctor of Oriental Medicine

I am a fibromyalgia sufferer. Before I was diagnosed, no one knew what was wrong with me. Day to day life became insufferable. Once diagnosed, I at least had an answer as to what was wrong with me. To fight back, I began to read everything I could find on the subject. Unfortunately, most of the books I read were written by doctors. Some of these tended to be difficult to understand. Others were so boring I could hardly get through them. Most of the rest did not discuss the things I needed to have addressed. Then, I read Michielle's book. It was a straightforward, easy to read yet entertaining look at fibromyalgia written by one of our own. Issues which the other books never mentioned were covered. The human aspect of the disease was actually touched upon. It was so nice to read a book from the perspective of someone who actually has the same ailment I have. I highly recommend this book to any fibromyalgia sufferer and to anyone who deals with someone who suffers from this malady. --Marilyn Gleason, fibromyalgia sufferer

I have lived with fibromyalgia for ten years, not as a victim of the disease, but as the wife of a fibromyalgia sufferer. The book clearly brought out the effects this disease can have on you physically, but more importantly to me was what it did to point out what happens to your spirit. Every fibromyalgia sufferer should read this book. It will help them not only to survive fibromyalgia but to reach peace in their spirit. --Janice Kenney, wife of a fibromyalgia sufferer

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