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Hello my lovelies,

I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for all your positive feedback and likes on The Invisible F.

I’ve received many private messages from people who suffer from fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression and other chronic illnesses who say it helps to know they’re not alone.

Sharing does help. It diminishes the isolation, gives us new ideas and ways of coping and overcoming the myriad of challenges we face, from the actual conditions themselves, to the effects they have on our lives.

These include day to day living, our relationships, challenges with working, accessing social assistance or getting our doctors to believe us and help.

I’m saying all of this to say, sharing helps yes it does. And it’s time to stop being afraid of what others might say if they read your posts. Stop being afraid of family and friends judging. No one has that right.

Speaking up

In one of my two favourite books ever To Kill A Mockingbird, the character Atticus Finch advises his daughter that “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

If they ent walking in yuh shoes then they don’t understand and their judgements are invalid.

So!

Private messages are cool if you’re feeling sensitive or you choose to, please, continue to email me. But also post on the blog, reply to others, because you will encourage someone else in your (and my) shoes.

This week I asked another blogger struggling what keeps him going, his reply: “People like you.”

We raise eachother up, even when we feel we are too weak to carry ourselves.

There’s a time and place for silence but as the songwriter said, silence can be like a cancer.

Know what I mean? We must speak up, share and encourage.

Love you to bits.  Keep climbing, and all the best for 2014 my sisters and brothers.

Gentle hugs:)

potofcallaloo
Alisha Nurse is a curry-loving writer & comms professional who holds a Master of Arts Degree in Journalism (International) from the University of Westminster, London. Get in touch with any feedback or questions via the contact form in the 'About' section.

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