My Story: Marketta Vest-Hiller

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What were the steps leading up to your diagnosis?

I had always been fatigued due to my Graves' Disease (thyroid) however after my son was born via cesarean I added to my symptom list: intense back pain, memory loss, whole body aches and fatigue. I was always incredibly exhausted.

What lifestyle changes have you needed to make?

My life has changed completely since my diagnosis. I slowly became incapable of functioning at work because of my confusion and pain. As a result, I was fired. Everything that I do each day, even something as simple as twisting the toothpaste cap, is difficult due to my pain.

Who has been there for you? How?

My husband has been my strength and my biggest supporter. He encouraged and helped me to find doctors that could uncover what was wrong with me. Now, post-diagnosis, he will do anything from doing the laundry to cooking to caring for our son when I am too weak or hurting. I would be lost without him.

I was always incredibly exhausted.

Never give up and no matter how cliché it sounds: literally take one day at a time.

Never give up and no matter how cliché it sounds: literally take one day at a time.

What accomplishment are you proud of?

I am proud of my ability to remain a positive person and still be able to, in my son’s eyes, be the best mom ever.

Is there anything else we should know?

I really enjoy the theatre and photography and, of course, being with my awesome family.

Write things down because you will forget.

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

Never give up and no matter how cliché it sounds: literally take one day at a time. Don't ever forget who you are deep down, not even on your darkest, hardest day. Oh, and write things down because you will forget.

About Marketta Vest-Hiller

My Story: Marketta Vest-Hiller
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia after having a c section with my now 4 1/2 year old son Jacob. My life has been turned upside down in absolutely every aspect. Cooking cleaning playing with Jacob all has to be segmented and carefully planned so that I do not over do it. My memory is also very affected I have to write everything down or I will forget about it. I'm usually "spacey" and get dizzy a lot. I have tried the medications to no avail and have changed diet and exercise to help cope. I hope that one day it will be solved so that we as suffers can maybe live a pain free life again. I feel lost within this new broken body and most of the time instead of explaining what Fibro is I just don't say anything about it it's easier.

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