Hello! I’m Brandi, follower of Christ, wife to an amazing, supportive husband, blessed mother to four sweet children, and fibromyalgia thriver. I am a Navy veteran living in my native state of South Carolina where I spend my days cherishing the time with my children as well as reading, writing, cooking, baking and just being me.
After six long years of struggling with body aches, joint stiffness, depression, anxiety, severe back spasms, sensory sensitivities and other various ailments, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic pain in December 2012. From that moment, I embarked on my journey to becoming well again and regaining a ‘normal’ life. Of course, at the time I had no idea what was in store for me along the way. My journey included several successes and many failures as a fibromyalgia patient, but it also led to new friendships all over the world and the creation of a blog that would eventually lead me to become the advocate I am today.
Since my diagnosis, I’ve tried physical therapy, psychiatrist visits, medications, numerous doctors, and natural living options to find what works for me and my body. With a combination of determination and a strong support system, I have found the best effective natural treatment remedy plan that works for me. There are still flare days, but for the most part, I’m healing.
It’s been a long and rough road over the last few years, but I’m here and still standing stronger than ever. Through my journey I have learned that living with fibromyalgia and chronic pain does not have to be merely surviving life, but thriving it! It was after this time that I set my sights on becoming a writer and sharing my journey with other fibromyalgia sufferers.
About Being Fibro Mom
Each time I write, I do it in the hopes of helping fibromyalgia sufferers become fibromyalgia thrivers. My mission is to to advocate parents while enduring the hardships of fibromyalgia. I hope to one day help in changing the mantra “you don’t look sick” and replace it with knowledge, understanding, compassion, and healing. Bridging the gap between fibromyalgia thrivers and their loved ones is a personal mission and one that I take seriously.
Being Fibro Mom not only gives you the resources needed to understand fibromyalgia and chronic pain, but also how to cope with those crazy kid days, unexpected flare ups, and unpredictable emotional days.
My Experience and Current Work
The Fibromyalgia Magazine
After creating Being Fibro Mom in 2013, I have reached many goals and accomplished many goals I didn’t realize I had. In addition to writing for various websites, I am a regular contributor to the international magazine The Fibromyalgia Magazine. My articles cover various fibromyalgia aspects with a focus in fibro parenting (parenting with fibromyalgia). Find all my articles here.
Support Fibromyalgia Network
I have the privilege and honor of working closely with other fibromyalgia leaders to form the nonprofit organization, International Support Fibromyalgia Network. As the program director for Families & Fibromyalgia, I am focused on bridging the gap many fibro thrivers experience between themselves and their loved ones. Living with fibromyalgia is difficult, and having a support system is crucial in healing. Together with other fibro thrivers, we are building an effective support network that gives the resources and expertise many fibro thrivers and their loved ones need. Read more about the program.
My closed Facebook group, Fibro Parenting, is focused on any parent or guardian looking for support while parenting with fibromyalgia. Fibro is an intrusive illness that can be complicated enough without the added stress of parenting. Fibro parenting is a creative form of parenting, but does require the support and encouragement from other fibro parents. There are so many of us battling fibro and trying to be the best parent/guardian we can be. Browse all of my fibro parenting articles.
As of November 2016, I am working alongside my husband to create a course that will help parents along the arduous path to success. It will be full of videos, short tutorial lessons, mine and my husband’s less-than-successful parenting mistakes and lessons, and more! Please stay tuned for the release date.
Fibro Live Show
Starting in January 2017, my husband and I launched a series called Fibro Live. The series is a live feed each Friday at noon EST found on the Being Fibro Mom Facebook page. It discusses the latest fibromyalgia topics, news, research, and more. Other fibro bloggers, writers, and advocates join the live sessions and give essential resource from time to time. Browse all the Fibro Live videos on YouTube.
My blog, stories and interviews have been featured
- The Best Fibromyalgia Blogs of the Year
- 10 Tips to Support Someone With a Chronic Illness at Living the Diagnosis
- What I Would Say to Doctors about Fibromyalgia Awareness
- How I Make It As a Mom, Blogger, and Fibromyalgia Thriver with Tanya at My Fruitful Home