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I’m a married 31 year-old who has been diagnosed with fibromylagia for 12 years. I am on a quest to raise awareness and help others by sharing information and staying positive. Read more
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Inspirational Quotes

Below are some of my favorite quotes that I think may be more applicable to those living with fibromyalgia and other chronic illnesses. I have put my absolute favorites in bold font. I find them inspiring and I hope you do too!

  • “Too many people miss the silver lining because they are expecting gold.” Maurice Setter”
  • “Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.”*
  • “Today may not be what I asked for, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t enjoy it anyway.” @Reverend_Ruth
  • “Life is a gift. Never take it for granted.” Sasha Azevedo
  • “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust
  • “Be grateful for what you have, while in pursuit of what you want.” Jim Rohn
  • “Never let yesterday use up too much of today” Will Rogers
  • “Don’t expect the future to look like the past. Clear away expectations, and let yourself picture a wild, grand new world.” Martha beck
  • “Forgive and let go. Don’t waste your savings account of energy on negative thoughts and behaviors.” @ShiftYourLife
  • “Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.” Doug Firebaugh
  • “Today is your day!…Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way.”  Dr. Seuss
  • “Treat each day like a new page in a book. It’s blank and it’s up to YOU what is written.” @swonderlin
  • “The future starts today, not tomorrow.” Pope John Paul II
  • “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.” Robert H. Schuller
  • “Follow your hopes and not your fears.”  Jody Bower
  • “If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance.” George Bernard Shaw
  • “EVERYBODY carries some kind of burden, it’s how you carry it that counts.” Rev. Run
  • “Difficulties in life are intended to make us better, not bitter.” Dan Reeves
  • “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” John Wooden
  • “We can let our circumstances rule us, or we can take charge &  rule our lives from within.” Earl Nightingale
  • “Don’t allow your wounds to turn you into a person you are not.”*
  • “The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.” John E. Southard
  • “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” Oprah
  • “I can be changed by what happens to me. but I refuse to be reduced by it.” Maya Angelou
  • “Possibly the greatest waste in life is the gap between what you are and what you could become.” Zig Ziglar
  • “Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life.” Golda Meir
  • “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” Bill Cosby
  • “Don’t think you’re on the right road just because it’s a well-beaten path.”*
  • “Everyone is a director. A director in their own life.”*
  • “Never give up on the things that make you smile.”*
  • “It’s never to late in life to begin the journey back to your dreams . NOW is the time!” @ShiftYourLife
  • “Don’t wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect.” Aryn Kyle
  • “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” Napoleon Hill
  • “It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.” Jackie Joyner-Kersee
  • “I know my obstacles. I can’t control everything, but I can prepare for anything.” Steph, at Head Wise
  • “Life never goes as planned. Plan accordingly.” @ActorWithaCure
  • “Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t… its the life of a Spoonie, not a fairy with pixie dust!” @PrincessLilla
  • “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” James A. Baldwin
  • “Until you spread your wings, you have no idea how far you can fly.”*
  • “To wish for change will change nothing; To make the decision to take action right now will change everything.” Nick Vujicic
  • “We have two options, medically & emotionally: give up, or fight like hell.” Lance Armstrong
  • “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” Milton Berle
  • “Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.” Abraham Lincoln
  • “One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged.” Lucille Ball
  • “Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” – Charles F. Kettering
  • “If you are going to doubt something, doubt your limits!” Don Ward
  • “You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.” Michael Phelps
  • “Keep up your hopes, hold onto your dreams and one day you might accomplish all those things.”*
  • “Do you have a dream? If not, create one. Dreams are what keep us going.” Brent Hunter
  • “Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.” Brian Tracy
  • “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, & expect to win.” Zig Ziglar
  • “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss
  • “Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.”*
  • “If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing.”  Zimbabwe Proverb
  • “Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” Golda Meir
  • “To be really productive, it’s as important to rest when we’re tired as it is to work when we’re inspired.” Martha Beck
  • “Your entire body is a receiver of information, not just your ears. Be aware and tune in. Shift awareness.” @ShiftYourLife
  • “Sometimes it is more important to discover what one cannot do than what one can do.” Lin Yutang
  • “Be real with your limitations but don’t let them define you.”*
  • “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.” Joseph Campbell
  • “Count your blessings not your problems”*
  • “There was a man who was complaining about having no shoes until he saw a man with no feet”*
  • “We can throw stones, complain about them, stumble on them, climb over them, or build with them.” William Arthur Ward
  • “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Sir Winston Churchill
  • “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are” Kurt Cobain
  • “Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.” John Wooden
  • “It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” Andy Warhol
  • “If I pace, I can play. If I push, I will pay.” @selenamki
  • “In this life we cannot always do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” Mother Teresa
  • “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt
  • “The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” William Faulkner
  • “Trying times are no time to quit trying.”*
  • “When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot & hang on.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • “You know what you gotta do when life gets you down? Just keep swimming.” Finding Nemo
  • “If it never rained, nothing would grow.” Oprah
  • “Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.” Abraham Lincoln
  • “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” Helen Keller
  • “When the world says, ‘Give up,’ hope whispers, ‘Try it one more time.'”*
  • “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” Mary Anne Radmacher
  • “We all at certain times in our lives find ourselves broken. True strength is found in picking up the pieces.”*
  • “In a blink of an eye, that’s how fast life can change. Don’t give up, it gets better” @GinaRClark
  • “Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” Roger Crawford
  • “In all things it is better to hope than to despair” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • “Life’s hard! Now that that’s cleared up can we get on with this?” Rev. Run
  • “Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing those cards you hold well.”* I even wrote a post about this: “Playing” the “Fibromyalgia” Hand.
  • “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain”*

*I have been unable to find a source for these quotes

Comments

Comment from Kathy
Time September 26, 2010 at 4:10 pm

My favorite quote is “when all you can do is all you can do, then all you can do is enough.” not sure who said it, but it sure helps me!

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Felicia Fibro Reply:

So true! It is important to acknowledge what our bodies try to tell us!

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Comment from Pam
Time December 5, 2010 at 12:07 pm

I love your idea of an inspirational quotes page for your blog. I think I will copy that idea. 😉

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Felicia Fibro Reply:

I look forward to reading your quotes, Pam!

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Comment from Caitlin
Time March 24, 2011 at 6:56 pm

They really helped me. I got diagnosed at age 18 and am now 19. They say it’s extremely rare. Not many understand how hard it is on us :( keep posting more.

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Felicia Fibro Reply:

Thanks, Caitlin. I was diagnosed at 19, so I understand what that feels like, being young with fibromyalgia. Please feel free to ask me any questions you have.

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Heather Reply:

I got diagnosed at 18 and am now 23.. Its extremely difficult but you cant let it hold you back

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Ashley Reply:

Agreed Caitlin, I was also diagnosed young, and few people understand the pain or the disease. Stay strong and keep on trucking

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Comment from Kenzie
Time June 10, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Hello Felicia,

I just stumbled across your page… and I’m nearly in tears.

I am 15 years old and I was recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I can’t even begin to explain how hopeless I’ve felt in the past few weeks and months. Reading these quotes made me tear up and smile at the same time. It’s amazing what a few words can do for a person!

I just wanted to let you know that I’m going to write some of these down and put them next to my bed, so when I wake up with that achy pain in the morning or when I’m disrupted from my sleep from those stinkin’ restless legs, I can read these again and find hope.

Thank you for making an impact!

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Felicia Fibro Reply:

Thanks for sharing how you’ve been, Kenzie. It is really rough at first, but as you figure out what works for you it’ll get a little easier! Have you checked out my “Newly Diagnosed?” page in the left column? You may find some of those posts helpful. I’m so glad that these quotes have brought a smile to your face!

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Pryscylyaa Reply:

Woow Kenzi I know who you feel I was diagnosed when I was 16. I know the feeling I thought my life was over … I thought I was crazy, I started losing my hair I’m stressed, in pain, can’t sleep theses quotes are really helping me out :) It’s good to know that I’m not alone and that someone actually close to my age has the same thing.

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Comment from Meagan
Time June 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I am 19, was diagnosed at 18. I’ve been having such a hard time because I feel like none of my friends and family know exactly what I’m going through. I also seem to get much worse during the winter and I am dreading the winter so much! Does anyone have any advice on talking to family and on avoiding feeling worse during the winter?

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Felicia Fibro Reply:

The first few years after the diagnosis are always the roughest – as you figure out what works and doesn’t work for you. Have you checked out my “Newly Diagnosed” page, linked in the left hand column? Based on what you said, I’d suggest reading, “Explaining Fibromyalgia to Others,” “Communicate how you feel using Marbles” and “Eye Opening Revelation.” Another article, that I talk about communicating with friends in, can be found here: http://feliciafibro.com/2011/04/04/our-attitude-sets-the-playing-field/

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Comment from Jessica
Time September 28, 2011 at 10:14 am

These have helped so much. I’m almost 25 and have had fibromyalgia for 10 years…

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Felicia Fibro Reply:

Thanks, Jessica! I’m in my 10th year too.

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Comment from Pryscylyaa
Time October 4, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Omg Wooow This isn’t Fun at all. You know they say everything happens for a reason I still haven’t figured out why I’m in this humongous Fibromyalgia pain like seriously this isn’t fair I’m losing my hair… being more sore wish someone my age could understand how bad it hurts :S
I don’t know what to do or think no one truly understand the pain in my family too none of my friends either I’m even ashamed of it :( I’m 17 and I have been diagnosed with it a year ago .. its hurts so much that I have trouble going on with my days. I feel like this is unfair who I’m able to show people that I’m capable if I can’t even get up some mornings :S

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Felicia Fibro Reply:

I’m sorry you’re loosing your hair, I know how hard that is. I lost my hair once from the stress my body was going through after getting sick while traveling internationally. My doctor said it was telogen effluvium – is that what your doctor said is your reason for loosing hair? I wrote about it here: http://feliciafibro.com/2010/11/01/eye-opening-revelation/

*hugs* You shouldn’t feel ashamed of having fibromyalgia, it isn’t like you made a choice to get it. It is just something that happened. I bet if the people closest too you understood more about the pain and fatigue you’re constantly dealing with, they’d be inspired by you! You’re young, but dealing with so many life changes that most don’t experience early in life, if ever.

If you use Twitter at all, there is a huge community of support there that often uses the hashtag #spoonie. Those people understand what we’re going through and can relate.

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Comment from Shirley Mabry
Time December 19, 2011 at 6:23 am

My daughter has severe fibro. I will give her your web address as I came upon it and think that it is awesome. A quesstion that I have is do you carry medicine on planes when you fly, and if so, have you ever had any problems?
Thank you and may God bless!

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Felicia Fibro Reply:

Thanks! I have never had a problem with it and I fly at least a couple times a year. It is safest to keep all medicines in your carry-on in their original bottles, so you don’t risk the chance of them getting lost with your luggage and also so the TSA can easily see what they are. That said, I do keep some emergency meds in a pill box and have never been questioned either when flying domestically or internationally.

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Comment from jdoe
Time January 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm

I have severe fibro and was diagnosed at age 17, but took 4 ys to finally figuring out was wrong. We are still going thru all my symptoms. Recently found out I have narcelposy and arthritis and I’m only 19, but can’t function 75 percent of time and the other 25% time I can only perfom half of the expectations. I can’t stand for more then 2 hrs and can’t sit more then 3 with out a break to stand and stretch b/c I get stiff and it will hurt to them my body to a different position. So understandably it’s hard to keep jobs one due to how often my doctor visits happen and also b/c so many days I can’t get out of bed due to pain. I was wondering about disability. Do any of you have it for fibro? Thanks for input

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Felicia Fibro Reply:

Sorry to hear of your new diagnoses, but I’m glad they’re looking thoroughly into your symptoms and finding some answers!

I personally do not have disability, but I do know of quite a few people with fibromyalgia that have it – although they tend to have multiple other chronic conditions. From what I’ve observed it seems like the process is much easier (although still stressful) with a disability lawyer. Good luck!

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Comment from Lisa
Time February 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm

One of my Favorites was “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain”* I’ve been suffering with this mess for years and in the recent months the fibro has given me fits…. Love your site love your comments on Facebook. When I see one come up I always follow your links and of course I always get a blessing when I do. I don’t post much but I do follow you. Keep up the great work I know you have helped many!

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Felicia Fibro Reply:

Aww, you are so kind, Lisa! It is always great to get feedback from my readers! I hope your weekend is going great and is as pain-free as possible!

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Amanda Leah Reply:

Loved that quote also. I believe I found the author as well.
Vivian Greene

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Comment from Maggie
Time February 23, 2012 at 12:13 am

I really like this page of quotes, reading the first couple put a smile on my face :) ever since I was diagnosed it has been very difficult to cope with everything. I was the youngest person in my area to be diagnosed with fibro. I am now 21 and I can look back on this page and smile, and forget about everything im dealing with :)

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Felicia Fibro Reply:

I’m so glad that you found some joy in these quotes! I was 19 years old when I was diagnosed, so I know how tough it is to be dealing with it at that age.

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Comment from Vanessa
Time March 19, 2012 at 12:15 am

I was 15 when I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I am now 20. The hardest part for me was not being able to play sports anymore, to not be able to be active, feeling trapped and helpless is horrible. I had to give up volunteer firefighting at age 18 because I became too sick. But One of the hardest parts is at the doctors when u describe how u feel, your pain and your sadness but the doctor treats u like you’re looking for attention, or a “confused teenager.” When all u want is to sleep at night, to stop losing weight, and hoping your every 11:11 wish to stop the pain will come true. Fibromyalgia is a long, often misunderstood road, but it’s not a road u have to walk alone, this site really reminded me of that. So keep your chin up, and remember that through pain we are able to understand others. This sickness has without a doubt at points of my life broke me, but u can choose to get stronger every time u pick up the peaces. God Bless

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Comment from cannvan
Time May 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I was diagnosed 4 yrs ago when I was 56. This is a favorite quote of mine, it is also my email tagline, it helps me think of others.”Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.”

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Comment from Gloria
Time June 26, 2012 at 11:06 pm

I’m in tears. Im so glad I found this site. Ive felt like Im crazy because I feel this way. I’m having a bad night. I try my best everyday to feel energetic. I get mad sometimes that I am the age that I am and feel the way I do, but cannot give up. I am 31 and was diagnosed 2 years ago. Not many know what I go through. Not even my family I think only like a hand full of people know. I dont know how to explain this pain I feel. Thanks for this site though. It makes me feel good to know I am not the only one out there.

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Comment from Pege
Time September 29, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Felicia, I am in a bad flair up right now and was looking for something to help my discouragement. WHat an amazing person you must be to encourage others like this. I appreciate you living out your illness helping others.

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Comment from Devri Velazquez
Time October 18, 2012 at 1:47 pm

This is certainly inspiring. I was diagnosed just a year ago, and it is an everyday battle for me to face the fact that my life is changed forever… This batch of quotes certainly helps. Thanks!

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Comment from Karen Fein
Time February 3, 2013 at 8:13 pm

I have had fibro and multiple chronic pain conditions for 18 years. I was diagnosed at 30 after having my third daughter. The initial pain was extremely scary and so isolating. People do not want to hear complaints constantly but that is our world. Over time my husband learned and adjusted and is so supportive. My mom just wants to fix me and is frustrated by the fact that doctors can’t do more for me. My friends feel for me but can’t relate. My girls have grown up with their mom in pain and they are often my best supports, because my pain is an understood part of their lives. Coping with my pain is a full time job although I appear perfectly healthy. Hang in there you younger ones who are feeling so lost. The pain may remain but you will learn ways to cope as you go. Winter is brutal on all of my pain (in Ohio) and I am getting into warmer climate in winter. I am lucky I am able to escape it – very rough season. I wish you all peace and comfort. Find distraction from your pain.

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Sam Reply:

I live in Ohio also. It is excruciating. Does it help to go a warmer climate? I am just trying to make it through the day knowing that it will start as pain and fatigue and end that way. Never a good day. I have 2 sons and I feel very guilty that I am not the mom that can go outside and play. I feel they have got the short end of the stick. I hate it. I don’t know how to just keep going. It’s exhausting. I know I have to for my boys, but I’m tired of pain.

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