Hi, I’m Brandi, the writer, and creator of Being Fibro Mom and My Fibro Journal. I live in Charleston, SC with my four kiddos, cats, and dog. In addition to writing, I enjoy playing board games with my family, watching movies, reading and listening to music.
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.
Why Being Fibro Mom?
After I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I looked for ways to cope with fibromyalgia and raising a family. I came back virtually empty-handed. It was discouraging, to say the least. I had no clue how I could manage fibro symptoms while being a full-time parent. I felt powerless, confused, overwhelmed, and burnt out within minutes of being awake each morning. Not to mention the guilt of not being able to give my kids what they needed and wanted in all the ways a mom *should* for her kids. I had nowhere to turn and no one to turn to. That’s when I decided to be the voice I needed to hear while figuring out this whole fibro parenting thing and created Being Fibro Mom.
Initially, Being Fibro Mom was a way to connect with other parents/caregivers living with fibromyalgia and share my experiences as I work through it all. I’ve shared everything from my many failures to embarrassments to successes as well as entries from My Fibro Journal. I’ve met some pretty amazing fibro parents along the way (join our closed Fibro Parenting group), and unintentionally became a voice and advocate of the fibromyalgia community along with many others. It’s been an incredible journey!
Each time I write, I do it in the hopes of helping fibromyalgia sufferers become fibromyalgia thrivers. My mission is 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 on 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 experiences 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.
The Fibromyalgia Way
The Fibromyalgia Way is an interactive show about living with fibromyalgia and is aired each Tuesday at 11:30 AM EST on Facebook Live. The show is about day-to-day living with fibromyalgia, such as parenting, treatments, books, products, and more.
Being Fibro Mom Media Kit
Being Fibro Mom’s Mission
Through my writing, I hope to connect with others living this crazy life with fibromyalgia. My mission is to make fibromyalgia thrivers feel accepted, welcomed, and loved despite how messy and lost fibro can make us feel. My goal is to give men and women personal insight into the different aspects of fibro such as being a fibro parent, unexpected flare-ups, and unpredictable emotional days. There are a lot of emotional days.
This mission is accomplished through
- candid posts about the good and bad days (This isn’t limited to fibro. There is more than me aside from fibro and I will show you that side of crazy.)
- finding the best products to aid in daily tasks and relieve various symptoms
- book reviews (Reading is a good way to de-stress and I’m a book worm, so let me help you find some good reads!)
- writing uplifting and encouraging words for those dark days that chronic illness so easily leaves us
Why Advertise Here
- Exposure to a large audience of readers all looking for real-life tips to cope with the daily struggle of living with a chronic illness and being a parent
- Brand association and awareness
- Affordable rates
- High visibility through Being Fibro Mom blog and social media networks
There are several ways to advertise with me.
- Ad in the sidebar: Sidebar ads will appear on each page on the website including posts’ pages. They are rotated every few months to prevent reader blindness. Ad space is available for one month, quarterly, and semi-annual. The ad must be family-friendly and not linked to gambling, pyramid schemes, or other undesirable activities. The ad must be approved by Brandi.
- Links inserted within articles on the site: If you’d like to link to a set of words in an existing article on the site, that is also available. The link must be family-friendly and not linked to gambling, pyramid schemes, or other undesirable activities. The link must be approved by Brandi.
Please contact me for current rates.