My Story: Kim Stewart

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What were the steps leading up to your diagnosis?

After 15 years of chronic depression, bipolar depression, and chronic pain illnesses, my primary doctor finally discovered that I was suffering from fibromyalgia.

I suffered many migraines and low back and muscle pain most of my life. My life was full of miserable appointments with many specialists, and not one ever had a solution — they only said, "It's all in your head!"

That's when I knew to seek another opinion. My family doctor did not give up on me and it was the best decision I've ever made.

What lifestyle changes have you needed to make?

Having a doctor who is completely understanding makes a big difference in coping with health issues. Taking one day at a time and knowing I'm not alone is a positive step.

Each day I try to take one step further outside of the comfort zone. Changes, small as they may be, will help the feeling of "the blues" go away.

Who has been there for you? How?

It is very important to have support. It may be a spouse, such as in my case, or anyone in your family. I have also found help seeking counseling, and with my family doctor. Kim's Family

Changes, small as they may be, will help the feeling of "the blues" go away.

What accomplishment are you proud of?

With support and encouragement, I've accomplished happiness and survival. I have become a grandmother to the most special boy in the world.

I dedicate my life and love to God. I love my husband and try to be the best housewife I can be.

What accomplishment are you proud of?

With support and encouragement, I've accomplished happiness and survival. I have become a grandmother to the most special boy in the world.

I dedicate my life and love to God. I love my husband and try to be the best housewife I can be.

I never stop loving!

I never stop loving!

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

It takes one day at a time to live. Live each day with positive thinking. Love those around you and do not be afraid to ask for support. The greatest support you can get is from yourself!

The greatest support you can get is from yourself!

About Kim Stewart

My Story: Kim Stewart

My name is Kim Hicks-Stewart. Friends and family call me Kimmy.

I am 48 years old. I’m married, with one daughter and a three-year-old grandson.

I come from a large family of Mom, Dad, five girls and three boys. I am the youngest girl with an identical twin sister, two minutes older.

I have suffered from chronic illness, pain, and depression for over 25 years. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia five years ago.

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