I've been meaning to write this for a while & although not actually related to Fibromyalgia, it's something that could help some of you.
My husband is an alcoholic ( although thankfully not drinking now) for many years I had to cope with his atrocious drinking & abuse because he told me that I'd caused it through my illnesses. I became agoraphobic, primarily because I couldn't face the neighbours complaints about him & tried to end my life many times. When his drinking was at it's height, I sank to my lowest & that's when I found Al-anon. It's a support group for people who are affected by a loved ones drinking. It literally saved my life.
I had to leave the group when we moved but carried on trying to follow what I had learnt - & that was that the only person that I could change was me - & that I count!
When my marriage unfortunately fell apart & I moved to Frome, I was so grateful to find a group here. Although I no longer live with an alcoholic, the damage caused to my life, my confidence & self esteem had already been done. The group understand what I went through, some still are living with it but we support each other in an unbelievably simple way, no judgements or criticisms, we listen. we share our stories & our feelings.
I'm not trying to promote it, but when you are ill it is so easy to lose sight of your self worth, so if any of you are or were living with a problem drinker, you may find that Al-anon could help you too. You can find their details in the phone book or look them up on line & lets face it, anything that makes life a little bit easier has to be worth a try!