My Story: Cherie Dailey

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What were the steps leading up to your diagnosis?

My Story: Cherie DaileyAt 40 I was diagnosed with arthritis, and I was sure that was why I hurt so much all over. After a bad car accident I was told I had fibromyalgia. I was 55 at the time and had to work to support my daughter and myself.

The doctor ordered me a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit, and told me I would probably have to quit working due to the pain. I went back to work and with the help of my naturopathic doctor and chiropractor I continued working for eight more years before I had to retire.

I am 68 now and I still struggle with bad days. I go to my chiropractor once a week, get a massage once a month and when I can afford it I get acupuncture. My prescriptions and supplements are numerous.

What lifestyle changes have you needed to make?

My Story: Cherie DaileyI have tried gluten free, vegetarian, raw food, and numerous supplements. Sometimes I walk with a cane. I cannot hike the waterfalls anymore. I had to buy an electric recliner and can’t do much of my favorite hobby, gardening. I pay a friend to keep up the garden and plant for me. I cannot crochet any more or make bracelets. I read and meditate a lot.

Who has been there for you? How?

My husband is the greatest – he does most of the housework. My Chihuahua loves to sleep in my chair with me. My children and grandchildren brighten my life.

What accomplishment are you proud of?

I still do containers of flowers outside and walk in my garden often. I try to keep the house neat and still cook often.

Learn how to meditate. Use it as a gift to lessen pain, lower blood pressure, manage depression.

Learn how to meditate. Use it as a gift to lessen pain, lower blood pressure, manage depression.

What's your advice to someone else living with Fibromyalgia?

Learn how to meditate. Use it as a gift to lessen pain, lower blood pressure and manage depression.

Is there anything else we should know?

I am on Lyrica, cymbalta, busiprone, Nexium and lots of supplements, mostly as recommended by my chiropractor – fish oil, Theracumin, garlic, quality women's vitamin, and more.

My husband is the greatest and my children and grandchildren brighten my life.

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