My answer to this question is interchangeable.
At 19, I am 40 now, I was diagnosed with Behçet’s disease. I fell very poorly and my sight started to deteriote rapidly. It was stabilised with some aggressive medication which resulted in weight gain, a mood face, stretch marks and other unpleasant side effects - and at only 19 was totally devastating.
I decided not to accept Behçet’s anymore. I totally rejected it even with the threat of loosing my sight, should I stop medication. I had already lost 8% in one eye over the period of a few months. Yet that theat wasn't enough. I stopped all medication, a slow weaning process, against the advise of 3 different specialist.
I never felt better. The uveitis left me and my sight remained the same.
Over the past 20 years I have had a couple of relapses but never on the scale like before.
I belive a strong positive mental attitude was what saved me then.
I try to apply to same principle with fibromyalgia, because when I'm pain free, which I have been, I feel enthusiastic and think dont give in. Dont give myself that label, and when I'm crippled with pain and or depression again, I give in and wear my label-like the well - behaved slave to it.
So should we surrender and accept or totally reject?