Fibromyalgia warrior, Heather Wickman suffers from Fibromyalgia. Heather has added her face and story to Faces & Stories of Fibromyalgia. I am so grateful that Heather has shared this, as each story told raises awareness and helps fellow sufferers.
You can connect with Heather by following her on Instagram.
I’ve had health issues all my life but 6 years ago, when I turned 40 years old, it went from bad to worse. I started to experience numbness in my hands and feet to the point that sometimes I was scaling the wall at work in order to keep from falling. I went to a Neurologist who tested me multiple times for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) but each time the tests came back negative. I did however test positive for Sjogren’s Syndrome. A few years later I started having these episodes of dizziness where I would get really weak, go in and out of consciousness, slur my words, have auras where everything looked and felt unreal. This is when I was diagnosed with a rare Migraine Disorder called Basilar Migraines.
Several months ago, I had to quit my job because the attacks became more frequent. I’m blessed that I have a hard-working husband who supports me in staying at home as I work on getting better.
I went on a vegan diet 6 weeks ago and I’m seeing definite improvement on how I feel since changing my diet. I have more energy and recently I have been able to add walking into my daily routine. I take vitamins and supplements which help me feel less symptomatic. I read my Bible and spend daily time with the Lord to encourage and strengthen myself.
I fully believe that this is a day to day journey, and we can only take it one day at a time. Some days my body is in more pain from the Fibromyalgia than the other conditions, and some days the Basilar Migraines lay me out completely. I have days where I forget that I’m sick and feel like my old self again. These days are rare, but they do exist and I’m so grateful for them.
All in all, every day is a blessing, the hard days, the good days and the in-between days.
If my story reaches just one person quietly suffering, then it’s so worth sharing.