This is the first piece from a series that I’m working on called “got fibro? get life.” I’ve been wanting to find a way to explore the shift in attitude towards fibromyalgia and how it impacts my life.
always sometimes challenging to write about your own art, so I’ll leave it here. Of course, your comments are always appreciated.
I’ve decided to begin a YouTube channel. 😉 It’s something that I’ve been wanting to do for some time, and now I’ve finally taken this first step.
I hope to share with you the lessons I’ve learned living with fibromyalgia, and also living abroad as a woman of color. I look forward to your feedback and to answering questions that you may have.
Now, you have a voice to with the face! 😀
“Frida Kahlo’s art depicts a woman bound and pierced in locations that can be strongly affected by fibromyalgia pain. Although the diagnosis didn’t exist in Kahlo’s lifetime, modern women living with fibromyalgia may find her art and passion inspiring…Yet some experts believe she might have suffered from fibromyalgia symptoms, including pain and fatigue. Indeed, her self-portraits…may strike a chord in others all too familiar with fibromyalgia pain…Trauma, including car crashes and sexual or physical abuse, seems to correlate with a fibromyalgia diagnosis. The theme of Kahlo’s chronic pain runs through her art…”
I came across this great image on Pinterest (pinned by Rhonda Moss).
It is truly fascinating to me that there are some people who do not understand that fibromyalgia is a chronic illness, i.e. lifelong…no end in sight…you have to live with it, etc., etc.
At the same time, it is important that we, who have FMS, do not become overly frustrated with such questions. In my opinion, they stem from feelings of helplessness. It is not easy to watch someone close to you (or not) go through such a difficult time. In this era of information overload and quick-fix, I think that we have come to believe that everything has to have a readily understandable explanation and an easy method of resolution–unfortunately, it is not so simple with FMS.
So, to everyone who asks such a question: No, we’re not better yet. No, we don’t know when we will be. 🙂
I found this wonderful image on the blog The Dancer or the Dance: Illness as Art owned by Robin Dalton. The image is a simple and beautiful one, but powerfully represents what it is like to have fibromyalgia, particularly during a flareup when there is little else that one can do besides rest.
The painting is by artist Carl Larsson, and is called “Woman lying on Bench” from 1913.
Until Next Time,