Mindful Monday's: Welcome purple butterflies!

Hello there everyone! My name is Rachel. Lee Good has asked me to do a

segment here on Fibro Connect. It will be called Mindful Monday’s. Before I begin, I’d like to thank y’all for taking time to get to know me. I joined the Fibro Blogger Directory the fall of 2019. Since then, I have had the pleasure of following and getting to know some of you. One of the many gifts that I’ve had all my life is that I make friends easily. I’m optimistic I’ll make new friends by posting my new series on Fibro Connect!

In the U.S. we’re slowly coming out of our lock- down, which is probably

one reason why Memorial Day snuck up on me! I don’t dare step outside of my house. It’s known throughout the neighborhood that one of us will be cooking barbeque and it will smell heavenly. This weekend is not about hamburgers and fun backyard pool parties. It is about paying respect to those who put their lives on the line for our freedom. My paternal grandfather served in WWI, and my maternal grandparents both had brothers who served in WWII. My husband, Dale’s family has a long military career as well. Both of our family’s history, like so many generations before us, have been sewn onto the American flag.

It wasn’t that long ago that Dale and I considered the possibility of

continuing our heritage by having children. We’ve been married since 2007 and looking back now, I wish that we had tried for a family when we were first married. If we had done that, I believe things may have worked out for us to have kids. Along my ten-year journey through the painful world of Fibromyalgia, I have been prescribed to a multitude of medications. I used to take Lyrica for a long time and in my personal experience, it wasn’t giving me any relief. My doctor soon replaced Lyrica with Gabapentin, which I have had good results with. All together I am on a total of fourteen different medications. Most of those medications are pain and anticonvulsants.

Back in 2007, I was not in such bad shape and I was not on as many

drugs that could harm the baby nor me. Unfortunately, by the time we tried to start planning a family, it was too late. The doctors were telling us about all the risks because of all the medications I am on. Ironically, I was fine with taking lots of prescriptions; but being told that having a baby was not a possibility was a pill that I had trouble swallowing. My husband and I have come to terms with being childless and have decided to become fur parents instead. We have two sweet kitties that we adore and love. If there is one thing that I have discovered with all the challenges thrown my way in life is that there is always a way to find happiness.

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