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Fibro Feelings – Holiday Gratitude

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My holiday week has been filled with seeing family and friends, some of which I haven’t been able to see in quite awhile. I really enjoyed seeing everyone, but am definitely ready for a nap! Hehe! Have I mentioned that I have the best aunt, ever? She traveled to our Christmas celebration, bringing Christmas cookies with her, as she usually does. She brought ~5 goodies and she made sure to make all of them soy-free, just to be sure I could eat them all! She read label after label even, being sure to find some soy-free rolls for me for our holiday meal. I would never have expected her to do this for me, but her love is surely appreciated! This is even the first time that she has seen me since I found out about my soy sensitivity.

I’m so blessed by receiving quite a few gifts that would be considered fibromyalgia friendly – like a gift certificate for a massage at Massage Envy, a StrapaHandle, a Package Opener/Cutter and a Kindle Keyboard 3G. I’m thinking I’ll use the massage during the first couple weeks of January to loosen up from the holiday craziness and hopefully reduce the leg pain I get from my hip issues. I plan on using the StrapAHandle for Costco runs and then I’ll probably just keep it in the car, so I have it anytime I’d need it. I always hear people online raving about their Kindles and now I understand why! It really is so much lighter than holding a book and no fussing with keeping the book pages open to read it. Overall, it is just a lot easier on the hands and wrists. Once I use all these things a little more I’ll give you guys an update on what I think of them.

This week I’ve also been reminded to be thankful for the health that I do have. One of our family friends spent Christmas and the days surrounding it in two different hospitals. At one point she was on a ventilator, taken off all of her medications to re-figure out what she really needed and what may be exaggerating issues and then she found out that she has E. coli. Sometimes it is hard to think positively about your health when you have so many diagnoses and stuff going on, but really, people can have it so much worse. It is because of this that I am grateful for my health.

What are your favorite or fibro-friendly holiday gifts?


Christmas tree cookies were one of my aunt's soy-free treats*

*Image Credit: from by Aine D


Comment from Pam
Time December 29, 2011 at 6:20 am

Sounds like a winning Christmas all the way around!

Merry Christmas! Hope 2012 is as pain free as possible!

Pam recently posted: You Are Worth It


Felicia Fibro Reply:

It really was! Sending the same wish back to you!


Comment from Karen Greenberg
Time December 29, 2011 at 6:38 am

My favorite fibro-friendly gift this year is a book about walking and the benefits of the “sport.” I was a runner before fibro hit, and I’ve been struggling with that. I have some damage to my feet that makes walking for exercise impossible right now. The book was meant for encouragement and to show me there are other options than just running once I get strong enough.
Karen Greenberg recently posted: Year in Review


Felicia Fibro Reply:

That sounds like a perfect gift for you – from someone who obviously knows you well! I hope that your feet start feeling better soon.


Karen Greenberg Reply:

Thanks. The gift was from my mom who is also a spoonie. She’s had years of practice, so she’s been there. I have been working on my feet healing for nine months now. I hope they start feeling better soon, too! Finding sites like yours helps emotionally, though.
Karen Greenberg recently posted: G is for Grades 5 and 6


Comment from Karen
Time December 29, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I got several great fibro friendly things! Fuzzy socks, PJ pants, an electric tea kettle for my tea, a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card for my Nook! I really am blessed!
Karen recently posted: Life is a Highway in 2011 – what a ride!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Felicia Fibro Reply:

Those tea kettles work so quickly, it is amazing. We got one for my in-laws one year. Have fun reading, I started reading on my Kindle yesterday and loved it.


Comment from Elaine
Time December 30, 2011 at 9:08 am

I also received several fibro-friendly gifts. fuzzy socks, electric can opener and a electric throw. Hope everyone has a happy new year


Felicia Fibro Reply:

Warm, fuzzy socks are always nice in the winter time! I always contemplate getting an electric can opener myself. What kind did you get?


Elaine Reply:

Black and Decker. It really helps with the sore hands and the weak wrists


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