I am Helen & aged 48. After 18 months of slowing down I have now been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, to say I'm in shock is an understatement!
I have always been a very traditional stay-at-home mum/wife & although I have always been overweight I was always a whirlwind of energy, people who never saw me tackle a task before would always be amazed what I could achieve in such a small timescale.
I would go to bed @10 pm & awake @ 5am to walk our dogs for 2 miles, go home make breakfast for everyone then go & work hard for 4 hours on our 4 allotments, then off to the gym for a couple of hours, have a little break then off for a 8 mile bike ride, after which I would settle in for normal household chores or help friends with their own chores or DIY jobs.
I have to confess I delayed going to my Gp at first because I wanted to get my husband sorted out before me, he has had kidney disease for 28 years but only stated dyalais this year.
I have gone from doing EVERYTHING for my family to being able to do very little for them. I am quite stubborn & refused to admit I needed help for so long. Thankfully my husband & two adult boys ( who still live @ home) have been very supportive so much so that I don't even need to ask for their help as they are always "watching" me. Helen.x