Journey to fibro

karianne

Karianne Morais's Story

New brunswick Canada

Age: 25-36

A little bit about my journey:

My Diagnosis

Fibromyalgia

Time to Get Diagnosed

5 years

Year I was Diagnosed

2020

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Hospital I'd Recommend

This is my story:

I started having pain in my feet at the age of 5, I remember going on a road trip when I was six years old to go get checked at a children’s hospital in Quebec. They deemed my condition at the time to be growing pains, my parents did not question it any further.

From a young age every single night I would get those pains in my feet, I had to take Tylenols to get relief. This pain continued all of my childhood and adolescence.

In 8th grace one day I was sitting at my desk and had this immense pain in my back and could barely walk. My dad brought me to an afterhours clinic, they prescribed me physiotherapy. It is the physiotherapist who then found my spine to not be aligned and suggested I might have scoliosis. My orthopedist confirmed that diagnosis I was followed until 18 years of age.

In my 20’s I noticed that my pain became slowly more intense and was crawling up my legs and hip. At the age of 27 the pain was now spanning my entire body. I questioned this very much, after many blood tests and questioning to rule out any other conditions I got diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Being a Licensed practical nurse, I find it very difficult to now be the patient instead of the caretaker. My life did a 360 and I am now learning to adjust to my condition, with the help of my health care team as well as the support I get from the Chronic illness warriors’ group I know that I am not alone and that there will always be help out there for me.

Let’s play 20 questions:

The song that keeps me going is:
Lean on me by Bill Withers
I never leave home without my:
My pain medication
My go-to feel better movie is: 
If I was in the hospital, the celebrity I would most love to visit me would be:
When I need to relax, I:
Read a book or craft
My favorite food is:
chicken nuggets
The quote that keeps me going is:
When you are at the end of your rope tie a knot and hold on
When I need a laugh, I:
look for funny videos on youtube
Meet my pets (or favorite stuffed animal):
My hero is:
When I’m having a down day I binge watch:
This is us
My favorite book to get lost in is:
I want to be best friends with:
The thing I’m most proud of:
never giving up. getting my nursing degree
The most wonderfully unexpected thing that has happened to me as a result of this journey is:
meeting the most wonderful humans
The most hilarious thing that has happened to me is:
It really means a lot when someone does this:
goes out of their way to make me feel good
My favorite social media account to follow is:
David Attenborough fans
The advice I would give to myself back at the beginning of this journey would be:
give yourself time and don't be so hard on yourself
Words of encouragement that I’d give to my fellow warriors are
Follow my journey:

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