These are all the entries in the Feeling Fibro Fotos competition – they are in alphabetical order of title, and linked to the voting.
We are searching for the cover of the
International Awareness Day issue of
LIVING WELL WITH FIBROMYALGIA,
so if you have a favourite,
click on the photo of your choice to go to its voting page.
You can vote on one photo per 24 hour period – so you can vote for your favourite every day or vote for a different photo every day…
Help choose our next cover.
A painful moonlit night backdrop, with a quote about pain by Ovid juxstaposed in front.
Even though some days are gray the little bit of sunshine keeps my pain away.
Even with all the on-line support, I still feel alone.
I found this statue by the side of the road – some-one was throwing it out because it had one broken wing. I picked it up because it reminded me of me – slightly broken. It was still of value – just like me!
Fibromyalgia makes me feel like i am living in a black and white world. No colors in between. My “flare ups” are either there or not. Life is either good or bad!
A Mixed collage of photos I took Summer 2012. Trying to smile through bright, burning pain, wonky eyes needing corrective lenses sometimes and not others, trapped in a body I outgrew which has outgrown me, sun damaged, and feeling like a living weed on the side of the road all while searching for the beauty in, of, and around me.
This spider, having been crushed, legs twisted and broken, tells how I feel both mentally and physically at the hands of Fibromyalgia. Both my body and my spirit often feel they are being crushed and broken by the chronic illness than cannot be seen.
This pic I took reminded me that fibro can be foggy and confusing and scary at first and then there comes understanding and some light and hope. The clearing in the picture reminds me of the good days while the darkness reminds me that I am still struggling. The entire picture reminds me of how powerful this illness is but also how there is a calm even on cloudy days. My hope for a cure remains the big picture but my daily struggle reminds me to have acceptance of my limitations and this picture reminds me of the powerlessness we all have during a storm.
My insight after 35 years with Fibromyalgia
When I am really suffering, all I want to do is curl up into a ball and disappear…to make the hurt stop.
Just took it a couple of mornings ago, and just like it feels, dark, but with a wee rainbow and sunny spots…
This is how fibro makes ME feel
I made this photo with 2 people that I love that also suffer!
Fibro fog (cloudy in the head, Trying to find the opening in the clouds.)
Fibromyalgia may want to bury me under heavy pain but I will always, with a smile fight back and stand tall.
My 35 years of struggle with this disease gives me some insight to share
Fibromyalgia makes you feel like someone has plucked out your petals!!
We are like the mighty oak as we learn to weather the aches and pains with this thing called Fibromyalgia. We bend and moan as our bodies change. But we must never give up ….there’s always HOPE.
This is the emotion and pain I feel living with fibromyalgia….but I refuse to let it take over! I am a fighter!
Many days living with Fibro is like looking at life after a fog has rolled in and nothing is clear.
A foggy morning over the city much like my brain is every morning and all day!
There are days my body feels as fragile as a rose can be as the petals begin to fall off but there other days I feel as strong and beautiful as the rose looks in my picture. My husband gave me these for my birthday and rather than photographing the entire bouquet, I saw something in this rose I captured.
I have met so many amazing Warriors ~ Living Life Around the World.
In the Horsham FMS Support Group we accentuate the positive. The Charity, ‘Fibromyalgia Support for Surrey and Sussex’ held a photo competition ‘Fun with Fibro’ for Fibromyalgia week in September. This was our entry. The photo was taken with blank cards and manipulated by adding the lettering, balloons and our mascot teddy, to give a festive effect. We may be ill but we look well and enjoy a bit of fun.
this is before I had fibro its how I feel now happy would like to be free of pain but the way I see it is there are people worse off than me so just be happy with your lot
What keeps me going – the beauty of outside even when it’s cloudy with the sun shining giving hope that eventually it will clear and the day will be good.
Blah….and when i say ‘blah’, i mean “don’t mess with me! 🙂
cotton wool mixed with broken glass, i just want to be wrapped up in bubble wrap so it doesn’t hurt!
How Fibro makes me feel.. I am a cosplayer Tony Stark crafts his Iron Man suit and becomes a butt kicking super hero! I craft my Fem Iron Man cosplay and become a powerful, fibro-stomping avenger! There are many cosplayers and many reasons to cosplay. I am a cosplayer and my reason is so that I am no longer a fibro!
Young a mom a wife … Also a fibro fighter!
People always look at me like I’m crazy when I get out in the handicap parking because they don’t understand the invisible disease… But I am not a victim… I am a survivor!
Sometimes I feel like an old barn, but then I look up! There are blue skies!
Our pain has more layers than anyone else can understand
Fire Inside Body Roaring Obsessively
We both have fibromyalgia so we know how each other feels. I am 46 and my child is 13. We try really hard to not let this lifesucking disease suck the life out of us. I love you punkin, sorry I passed this awful disease on to you daughter. She did my makeup and I did hers. We try to have fun.
Once a week, this is all that is left over after filling my dosette set.
Fibromyalgia would be easier to cope with if it were terminal but instead it is a life sentence, not a death sentence and all I ask is WHY? (Por Que?)
Without being pregnant fibro has changed my life, so now I have a bean in me my days are alot harder. Pain is a very tough thing to have to deal with everyday, and harder when people really do not understand what you are going through. This is my first child and I am super excited to meet my little one :)…I really want to spread awareness of this invisible illness.
I was having a rather down day and had dropped a friends children off at school and decided to go the long way home when I drove past this cemetary. I stopped when I saw the rays of light coming thru the trees and fog and instantly felt hopeful. Like it was ok I was having a bad “foggy” day because, in just a little while, if i stuck it out, the sun would shine thru again. I ran home, got my camera, and took this pic. Its now my background on my computer to remind me.
The sky represents my flare, and the boat is represents how I want to escape from the pain.
I do manage to muster a little smile on some days
Once in a while, I can push the pain aside and be sassy
Fibromyalgia constantly makes me feel like I am being run over by a truck..or in this case, my cat, but I always manage to keep going.
Fibro makes me feel as if the sun is already setting on my life.
As a person who has Fibromyalgia this picture describes best how I feel. Stripped. Stripped of all the things I enjoy in life, unable to enjoy what I love. The River, Long walks, running, sleeping and pain free.
As the days go on some may be rough but I keep my hope and push on, even if I don’t feel like it.
Trapped on the inside
It is like trying to find your way out of the forest on a bad day, the slight bit of colour is hope you’ll find you’re way out.
Fibro makes me feel all mixed up! Like I’m 2 people! I have to help my other self along and tell her she will be ok if she just pushes herself just a little more! Sometimes I push too much but we gotta keep going or we will give into depression and sadness! Sometimes it helps to have the other self to help! GO SELF!!!!
Fibro makes me feel as if I’m on a journey down a path full of twists and turns and the final destination is unclear.
Picture of a person with fibromyalgia trapped in her own home.
My photo depicts how I feel when the fog clears for a moment and the pain stops, which is rare but a cherished moment. I look forward to that everyday. I took this picture on a beach in the Bahamas after a yoga session. I sat there watching the sun peek through the clouds and 2 ships sailing off to sea, it was a calming peaceful moment. I chose to focus on the positive part of this journey for one day there will be a cure.
Left all alone and there is nobody left to catch me, you’ll be my angel there to catch me when I fall. – Dedicated to my husband Leland Rager.