Living Well with Fibromyalgia – Invisible Tears

For those of you who haven’t seen it, the last issue of Living Well with Fibromyalgia is now available to the general public. For next time, however, you can have it delivered to your inbox by subscribing for free. But, that’s not the reason for this post…

Uncle Sam

The next issue of Living Well with Fibromyalgia will be out March 1st with the theme: Invisible Tears. I chose this theme because it resonates so deeply with me, as I know it will with so many of you. Would YOU like to be a part of it?

I’m looking for people to contribute (people like you) to the March issue. You can contribute poetry, photos, articles and/or stories. Articles and short stories must be under 800 words. All contributions must fit within the Invisible Tears theme.

I also ask that you send me a short biography about you and a photo (as well as any pictures you’d like to accompany the story). If you have a blog/website and/or Facebook page, I am able to link the piece back to you.

So, if you would like to see your name and work in virtual print, please send your contributions to by February 1st 2015.
I can’t wait to start reading what you have to write!


The Frightful Fibro Foto Contest!

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


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,, 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!


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