The Frightful Fibro Foto Contest!

FighterZine have a new photo competition happening; and, I know how we all LOVE a competition!

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If there is one thing that I have learned throughout my years with chronic pain, it is that not only is a little levity and laughter within one’s life important, but it is somewhat of a necessity. We need to have some fun, laugh a little bit every now and then. It’s one of those simple joys in life that can lighten the mood, and even sometimes maybe make us forget about our troubles, even for just a short time.

fibroThat is what inspired us to create a photo contest! Halloween is upon us, and it’s definitely one of my absolute favorite holidays! It gives us a chance to dress up and be someone else, maybe an alter-ego of sorts! You can have so much fun with it! Whether you’re creating a costume, or buying one, it’s all about the attitude that goes along with it! You’ve gotta own that costume, and work it! 

We’ve aptly named our photo contest The Frightful Fibro Foto contest, or Triple F for short! We’ll be collecting our entries through our website, Fibro.me, and they will be uploaded to both a specific page for the contest on our website and will be uploaded to a special album on Facebook, where users will be able to “like” the photos, counting as their vote. I’ve taken an example photo, which you can see right here! It doesn’t even have to be a full costume, even a mask will do, you can even get creative and hold up signs saying anything you want about Fibro, chronic illness, how you stay positive, anything you can think of!

What’s the prize, you ask? Well, there will be 2 prizes given to the grand prize winner. The first will be any 2 items of your choosing from our online Fibromyalgia Awareness Store, which you can find right here! The second prize will be the winner’s photo used as our awesome Fibromyalgia profile picture for one month, so everyone can see the awesomeness that is your costume!

So how about rules! They’re pretty straightforward.

  • One entry photo per person.
  • You can share our page with your friends and family asking them to vote for you.
  • No negative, derogatory or vulgar comments will be tolerated on any of the photos.
  • Entries will be accepted until the 25th of October, during which time voting will commence.
  • Voting ends on the 30th of October at 11:59 PM EST.
  • The winner will be announced on October 31st – Halloween! 

So let’s make this contest awesome! The biggest thing to remember is to HAVE FUN!

SUBMIT YOUR FRIGHTFUL FIBRO FOTO ENTRY RIGHT HERE!

20 Days to Go…

I’m asking YOU to submit your own cover photo to be the next Covergirl/guy of LIVING WELL with FIBROMYALGIA

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Entries will only be accepted at contributions@fibromodem.com between September 1st 2013 and November 1st 2013.

Please have a look at the terms and conditions and get clicking!

Could YOU be our Next Covergirl/guy?

Today, the latest issue of our E-Mag LIVING WELL with FIBROMYALGIA came out.

And for the first time, we had our first cover-girl with Fibromyalgia…

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So, I started thinking (again!) and guess what? I’m asking YOU to submit your own cover photo…

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Entries will only be accepted at contributions@fibromodem.com between September 1st 2013 and November 1st 2013.

Please have a look at the terms and conditions and get clicking!

Depression Depiction

Depression and illness are two things that many FM sufferers will tell you go hand in hand (lucky us!). It is almost a cyclical concept in the same way that stress would manifest itself. Indeed depression is a kind of stress only more deeply rooted therefore making it harder to alleviate and harder for the person suffering from it to cope with. Depression, anxiety, irritability, mood swings, personality changes and panic attacks are all symptoms that may accompany FM.

They do not cause FM; in fact, they are more likely to be the result of it.

If you have symptoms of depression, anxiety, or any of the other mood disorders mentioned, be sure to talk with your doctor about it. Left untreated, these symptoms can actually exacerbate many of your other symptoms (e.g., Anxiety causes stress; stress contributes to pain, insomnia, increased fatigue, digestive problems, etc.) and seriously interfere with your quality of life.

People suffering from illnesses however experience depression in a variety of different ways, but for the most part it has several things in common which are:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Inability to sleep
  • Withdrawn behaviour
  • Bouts of irritability
  • Lack of interest in oneself or surroundings

There are just a few of the symptoms that can be associated with depression but each of us that suffers from a bout of depression can do so and exhibit a different set of symptoms.

This is one of the problems of FM. We, especially those suffering from the condition in its most severe and chronic form, will more often than not find ourselves at the whim of depression. Depression can take a hold if fatigue continues and we are not able to sleep, thus relieving the symptoms of fatigue and tiredness. The problem for a lot of us is that FM is not going away – we can only manage it, so we need to adapt to our new situations as soon as we can.

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Some call it a black dog, for The Invisible F, it’s been a black fog.

What does Depression look like to you?

Depict it for a chance to win cool prizes (to be announced soon) and more importantly, raise money for a very worthy cause.

Depict DepressionHere are the rules:

1. Draw, paint, write a poem, construct something, say something…be creative and use any art-form you like to depict depression.

2. Give it a name and write a few lines (no more than 100 words) on what the piece means.

3. Submit it, with your name and mailing address, to:

theinvisiblef@hotmail.co.uk and/or
The Depict Depression Art Competition C/O Alisha Nurse
8 Bence House, Rainsborough Avenue,
SE8 5RU

4. There is no entry fee but I’m asking you to please make a donation to Depression Alliance with your submission. You can donate securely through my JustGiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/Alisha-Nurse

Or text  DPRE50 £5 to 70070

Alternatively, you can make out a cheque or mailing order to Depression Alliance (details right below) and let me know.

Depression Alliance
20 Great Dover Street
London
SE1 4LX
Email: information@depressionalliance.org

5. Deadline for entries midnight April 17th 2013

6. Winning entries will be featured on my blog www.theinvisiblef.wordpress.com and used online to raise awareness of depression.

FOR MORE INFORMATION EMAIL:  THEINVISIBLEF@HOTMAIL.CO.UK

Depression Awareness Week is the 15th – 21st April 2013. You can find out more about depression here.

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Voting is ON for the Feeling Fibro Fotos Competition

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.

You’ve Got Mail (Fibro Reminder)

Wake up

Receive wonderful text message from colleague (who read Scary With You is Better Than Scary Without You) full of support

Gotta email him

Check personal Facebook page

Check Fibromyalgia Awareness Day Facebook page

Answer questions and comments

Gotta email him

Check Twitter

Upload all competition entries to Pinterest

Read 56 e-mails

Answer emails

Gotta email him

Finally received email from Photoscramble

Spend 1.5 hours making and cropping screen shots, and trying to make the competition’s problems understood, then follow the short instructions passed to me

Clear browser cache (as instructed) – didn’t help anything except now I can’t get into the FibroModem Fibro Forum (so don’t be looking for me, there)

Fill shop order and walk to post office

Still haven’t emailed my colleague – getting very anxious → too much to do

Return, exhausted, to filthy house → too much stuff EVERYWHERE – really losing it now

32 more emails received while I was out?

Tidy kitchen

Make two comments on Forumotion Forum so I can have permission to ask how to get back into the Forum

Put on load of washing

Gotta email him

Tidy (sort of) bedroom → can’t calm myself down

Close door to spare room – way too much to do in there → can’t even look at it!

Prepared new page for blog to promote competition entries

Feeling extremely stressed out – really no reason to be stressed, I have nothing planned tomorrow at all. I can do all of this tomorrow. Too much in my head! MUST be the competition → really, really hope it all works! Too much!

Emailed colleague! (Not sure how, as I seem unable to put a full sentence together)

 

‘Pissed-Offed-Ness’ – My Current State of Being

So, I’m running a little photo competition called Feeling Fibro Fotos. So far, it’s been quite successful – we have 55 entries!

However, the stupid bloody website, that I so idiotically chose to host the competition – Photoscramble.com – is so incredible moody that I can quite confidently say that it has hit menopause and is still ‘lucky’ enough to continue menstruating!

It chooses when people can upload photos.

It chooses when I can actually see those photos.

It chooses when you can see photos

It chooses if I am allowed to approve photos.

It chooses if I wish to delete photos (and only because entrants are having so much trouble uploading their entries, some are doing it twice!)

Right now, I’m remembering the previous competition that I tried to run – the International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day Video Competition – and all the problems that came from that; and I am once again ready to NEVER do this to myself again.

Will one of you people remind me of this the next time I come up with another bright idea, please?

 

Feeling (VERY) Fibro (Fotos Competition)

So, today I am emotionally (you’d notice from the last couple of posts) and physically spent, so I won’t be offering anything deep and meaningful.

There are 5 days left for you to enter the

Feeling Fibro Fotos competition

What you need to do

  • Take a photo that represents how you feel about Fibro, or how Fibro makes you feel and upload it in digital form HERE
  • There are 5 days left to upload your photo (you can upload 3 photos).
  • The winner will be decided by a public vote (voting is open from November 23rd to December 12th), so spread the link to the competition (and your photo) to your family and friends.

The winning photo will be featured on the cover for the March issue (the International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day issue) of LIVING WELL with FIBROMYALGIA

All photos must fit within the theme of ‘What Fibromyalgia means to me’ or ‘How Fibromyalgia makes me feel’ to be considered in this competition.

  1. Participants are permitted three (3) entries per person
  2. Entries must be submitted between November 12 and 11.59pm November 22, 2012.
  3. All entries must be original (with copyright ownership) digital images.
  4. Entry is open to anyone (not just Fibromyalgia sufferers!)
  5. Voting begins on November 23, 2012 and continues until December 12, 2012
  6. All dates and times are EST.
  7. The winner will be decided by a public vote.
  8. One vote per person per day is permitted.
  9. Participants are encouraged to share the link to the competition and to their entries with family and friends.
  10. The winner will be announced on December 13, 2012

Here are the entries so far:

Do you think you can do better? Got a different idea/view of fibromyalgia? Why not spend some time being creative?

Feeling Fibro Fotos TODAY!

Today is exactly 6 months from the last International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day; & 6 months until International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day 2013.

 

Today is also the beginning of the

Feeling Fibro Fotos competition.

What you need to do

  • Take a photo that represents how you feel about Fibro, or how Fibro makes you feel and upload it in digital form HERE
  • You have 10 days to upload your photo (you can upload 3 photos).
  • The winner will be decided by a public vote (voting is open from November 23rd to December 12th), so spread the link to the competition (and your photo) to your family and friends.

The winning photo will be featured on the cover for the March issue (the International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day issue) of LIVING WELL with FIBROMYALGIA

All photos must fit within the theme of ‘What Fibromyalgia means to me’ or ‘How Fibromyalgia makes me feel’ to be considered in this competition.

  1. Participants are permitted three (3) entries per person
  2. Entries must be submitted between November 12 and 11.59pm November 22, 2012.
  3. All entries must be original (with copyright ownership) digital images.
  4. Entry is open to anyone (not just Fibromyalgia sufferers!)
  5. Voting begins on November 23, 2012 and continues until December 12, 2012
  6. All dates and times are EST.
  7. The winner will be decided by a public vote.
  8. One vote per person per day is permitted.
  9. Participants are encouraged to share the link to the competition and to their entries with family and friends.
  10. The winner will be announced on December 13, 2012

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GET READY! Start your creative juices flowing!

November 12th will be 6 months to International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day 2013. To continue our AWARENESS momentum, I am running a Feeling Fibro Fotos competition.

Entry: Nov 12,2012 – Nov 22,2012
Voting: Nov 23,2012 – Dec 12,2012

More details to follow…