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Think of yourself as a “gatekeeper” 👩‍🎤
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I thought this was a perfect way to think of food. You only have about 80,000 chances in your life to feed your beautiful body what it needs to function and take care of you.
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You have the power ! You get to choose! You are your own warrior, your own gatekeeper.
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What will you choose?
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Today I’m choosing to nourish my body with beautiful healing foods that make me feel my best! Unprocessed whole plant foods! That empower me😻 !
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Want to join me?
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This smoothie is packed with wild blueberries, banana, barley grass juice powder, spirulina, Atlantic dulse, dates and fresh water 😋
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Full of amino acids, phytochemicals, antioxidants, micro and macro nutrients !
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What are you choosing today? Let me know below! Let’s help each other make positive life giving choices !

Hey there 👋🏽 I'm Brandi ---wife, mother, and for the past two years I have suffered from fibromyalgia.

What's that? I don't look sick?
Looks can be deceiving. •
You'd never know it by looking at this photo that I was in severe pain on this day. I had a major migraine, my shoes touching my feet made me want to scream and I was aching from head to toe.

But the smile.
The smile hides it all.
It always does.

Sometimes it's easier to fake a smile than try to share what's really going on.

Because most don't get it.
Or they just dont want to get it.

So I grin and bear it.

But fibromyalgia is so much more than pain. So, so much more...

The Fight Within was created to document my journey with fibromyalgia ---no holds barred--- and hopefully encourage those who suffer and educate those who don't.

I may have fibromyalgia, but I won't let it have me.
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#TheFightWithin #Fibromyalgia #FibroWarrior #IWillWin #chronicillness #chronicpain #chroniclife #spoonie #chronicfatigue #chronicpainwarrior #invisibleillness #parentinglife
#honestmotherhood  #health #chronicpain #chronicpainwarrior #chronicpainawareness #chronicpainsurvivor #endurance #survive #invisibleillnessawarness #fatigue #smilethroughthepain #bydls #spoonielife #spoonieproblems #pain #chroniclife #spooniewarrior #spooniestrong

This is a pic of a pic so sorry for the bad quality. But, I wanted to share a story about this picture. A story to help you better know me and where my illness story began. This is my family and I 9 years ago at Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs, CO. I was in the shape of my life working out a couple hours a day. Hanging Lake is a straight mile incline and is not for the faint at heart. But, it's beautiful, so beautiful and many stopping areas along the way. This hike should've been a cake walk for me, but it wasn't. It took me twice as long as normal. I was out of breath, my heart was racing and I was confused why my body was acting so out of shape. You can't tell in the pic, but I was exhausted at the top. I thought resting for a bit would help, but it didn't. I never caught my breath and I eventually fainted. No one I was with saw me and they were too far away for me to call out. I knew something was wrong, just didn't know what so I started heading down the mountain and my son noticed. Everyone else met up with me as well. By now, I'm confused, scared, and just wanting down the mountain. I knew it would be very difficult to get rescue where we were. Thankfully, I made it down okay. I started feeling better about an hour afterwards. This day marks the decline of my health and it would take over a year to be diagnosed. Anyone else have a pic or memory that you see and can remember very vividly that's when your life changed? I miss the mountains, but I'm so symptomatic I can no longer go. It has been 9 years this all started. I'm so thankful to be feeling better and pray I continue to. I need to remember it's been 9 years of being sick, I won't heal over night. It's a process and healing takes time. Maybe God will bless me to be in the mountains again someday. Until then, I'm just thankful for the health I do have. 💙

It's hard to see the bright side in hospital, but the filters on Facebook, Snapchat etc make filling time a lot easier.

As per usual I was back in after weeks of ridiculous nausea and difficulty with nearly any food. Despite being sent again and again, the hospital refused treatment as I was 'not sick enough yet' or 'it it was someone else we'd treat, but your used to low levels'. The issue is my tolerence is gone, and I can't withstand changes in my blood, nor do they resolve on medication alone at times as I'm already taking those and it's dipped.

Just once id like a Dr to realise that a short 4hr drip now saves a few days in-patient in the future. Instead it's days of back and forth while feeling like death :( #edsoldiers #ednosrecovery #edsoldier #edwarrior #edwarriors #eatingdisorderawarenessweek #eatingdisorderrecovery #eatingdisorderawareness #anorexia #anorexic #anorexianervosa #anorexianervosarecovery #bulimianervosa #bulimiafighter #bulimia #bulimianervosarecovery #fibromyalgia #fibromyalgiawarrior #spooniestrong #spoonies #spoonie #spoonielife

He hates having the top of his head in the pics so I shifted the framing a smidge. Other than that it's a sneaky shot of what love is like when dating a #spoonie
#hospital is now a staple part of our life and I'm trying to get more pics of us together outside of that setting. But when I can capture small moments like this it means a lot.

#edsoldiers #ednosrecovery #edsoldier #edwarrior #edwarriors #eatingdisorderawarenessweek #eatingdisorderrecovery #eatingdisorderawareness #anorexia #anorexic #anorexianervosa #anorexianervosarecovery #bulimianervosa #bulimiafighter #bulimia #bulimianervosarecovery #fibromyalgia #fibromyalgiawarrior #spooniestrong #spoonies #spoonielife

Spent a day out in the sun with my #so
The ice cream went to waste as I've been barely able to manage much in the last few weeks, but it was nice to spend some time out and about in #armagh following the latest #hospital blip.

#edsoldiers #ednosrecovery #edsoldier #edwarrior #edwarriors #eatingdisorderawarenessweek #eatingdisorderrecovery #eatingdisorderawareness #anorexia #anorexic #anorexianervosa #anorexianervosarecovery #bulimianervosa #bulimiafighter #bulimia #bulimianervosarecovery #fibromyalgia #fibromyalgiawarrior #spooniestrong #spoonies #spoonie #spoonielife

The reality of vacation as a spoonie is that sometimes you leave feeling less rested than when it began 😪 It’s no one’s fault. My family was great, I took breaks when I needed to, and I was careful in the sun. But you can see in this picture how exhausted and pale and I was. Why? 🤔 The bodies of people with chronic illness are just different. Major changes in routine, even if they’re enjoyable, can wipe us out. I wanted to enjoy time with family - which isn’t something you can do if you just sleep all day - so I pushed myself more than usual. Did it take me a couple days and lots of fluids to recover? Yes. Would I do it again? Absolutely. It’s all about weighing the pros and cons and staying realistic with your goals. I got to enjoy time with family. Just because it looked different than others’ vacations doesn’t mean I failed ✨ #chronicillnesswarrior #choosehappiness #spooniestrong #invisibleillness #butyoudontlooksick

So this is my dog. I love him. I love animals. He has been there on my worst days and always seems to put a smile on my face. Fyi on this picture I’m holding a treat in my hand so he will look at me lol. Anything for the picture, right? .
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What I want to say is that it’s the little things that count. Even though you feel bad, try and see the beauty in those things. Cherish them. Things like singing, my dog being happy when I get home, cuddling with my baby nephew.. those things matter! I know how hard it is to stay positive, I really do but try and get yourself to smile at least once a day. Even when you don’t have any reason to, smile. It really does change the mood. What kind of things cheer you up? Do you have pets? I’m sure they got you through some rough days, didn’t they.
Photo by: @sannejennes_photography #itallstartswithyou #positivevibes #animallove #doggy #digestivehealth #guthealth #sibo #ibs #healyourgut #selfgrowth #selflove #lymedisease #lymedontkillmyvibe #lymediseaseawareness #fucklyme #butyoudontlooksick #chronicallyfabulous #chronicillness #chronicfatigue #invisableillness #spoonie #spooniestrong #lymewarrior #dogsofinstagram #autoimmuneprotocol #hormoneimbalance #treatyourbodyright

💉Welp - Surgery number 5 for my Trigeminal Neuralgia! I’ll be getting the trial implant of a Nerve Stimulator - But before that, I have to see a Pain Psychiatrist to make sure I am ‘mentally stable/prepared’ for this kind if surgery. I’m really excited but sooo nervous, too.💉 #spoonie #spoonies #spoonielife #spoonieliving #spooniestrong #spooniewarrior #spooniewarriors #trigeminalneuralgia #trigeminalneuralgiawarrior #trigeminalneuralgiaawareness #trigeminalnerve #chronic #chronicillness #chronicillnesses #chronicpainwarrior #chronicillnesswarrior #surgery #surgeries #nervestimulator #nervestimulation

Today we went on a 15km walk!!
From Liverpool we got the train to Southport then followed the Sefton Coastal path all the way to Formby. I was amazed how well my legs coped and his good I am feeling now!
Let hope my muscles don’t punish me too much tomorrow!!
#grateful #coastwalks #longwalks #formbybeach #livinglifetothefullest #notjustsurviving

Tea for symptom relief, who’s with me? I love ginger tea, it really helps me with digestion. Also fennel tea. I buy the seeds and crush them and then make the tea. That way the oils release and this has a positive effect on your digestion. Also fresh mint tea. What kind of teas do you use? Let me know! .
I also drink warm water throughout the day which helps a lot. I use digestive enzymes and HCL with pepsin. I also do smaller more frequent meals as I struggle with low blood pressure and blood sugar issues. It really is a journey but you just need to do you! .
Photo by: @sannejennes_photography
##guthealth #sibo #digestivehealth #itallstartswithyou #spoonie #spoonielife #spooniestrong #chronicfatigue #chronicallyill #chronicillness #chronicallyfabulous #lymedisease #lymediseaseawareness #lymedontkillmyvibe #butyoudontlooksick #ibs #bloatedbelly #beatthebloat #invisableillness #tummyfriendly #cfs #guthealth #immunesupport #autoimmuneprotocol #hormoneimbalance #treatyourbodyright

I’ve spent lots of quiet time alone today. Much needed on day 10 of visitors. I’m an introvert so I need plenty of time to rest and reset and knowing when I’m getting tired and snappy helps so much. 💙
Now that I’ve slept, meditated, journaled, worked a bit and had some fresh air, I’m ready for time with other people again! Can anyone else relate? 💙
Also, another day and yet more stripes! Is anyone else a huge stripe fan like me??
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#chooselovely #abmlifeiscolorful #abmhappylife #petitejoys #abmlifeissweet #documentyourdays #enjoythelittlethings #makemoments #liveauthentic #cfsme #mecfs #spoonielife #spoonie
#chronicallyill #spooniestrong #myalgicencephalomyelitis #gracenotperfection #joyinthejourney #cultivatewhatmatters #liveintentionally #lifewithintention #heartledliving #heartcentered #choosejoy #powerofpositivity

Ive had such a hectic weekend,i think im coming down with something (and i leave for the Kruger National Park on friday, not time to get sick) but i know its because ive had a crazy few days... so heres the giraffe i made for a very special little monster #chronicillness #crohnsdisease #crohns #chronicallyill #ibd #autoimmunedisease #amigurumi #crochet #handmade #giraffe #spooniestrong #spoonie #spoonielife

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