Hello my name is Suzanne Kopecki

 I met Suzanne through Instagram from the get go really. Now is a partner of mine.

This is Suzanne’s Story

I don’t think my story is too different from anyone else that has been diagnosed with a chronic illness. I was diagnosed with “other” things first, that later can be directly linked to my Fibromyalgia. However, when I started to get very sick, then it was easier to say I had Fibro. Like I explain in my article, What Caused My Fibromyalgia and 10 ways to Improve My Health, even though I may have been predisposed to get Fibromyalgia I pushed it forward. For all my adult life I have been a mother, which means putting someone else’s needs in front of your own.  Since I failed to provide myself with any care, and kept pushing myself, my body finally stood up and said Enough!

After working six years toward my BA degree in Psychology and working full-time, as well as a wife and mother, my body just wasn’t having it anymore.  I became very sick early this year, but I still pushed through.  I dropped a class and stopped working overtime at work and I thought that would help and I pushed through some more.  The mornings were becoming increasingly harder to get up and get ready for work. I didn’t feel safe even driving to work myself. I was having a hard time concentrating at work and I couldn’t control my emotions. The evenings weren’t restful because I was still trying to finish my classes for the spring semester, which meant hours doing homework. After I had made it through the semester it was like I just collapsed!  In May, I could barely function and took a leave of absence from work. The last straw for me was when I woke up in the middle of the night with two massive Charlie horses in both my upper thighs.  The pain was so excruciating that I passed out. That was very upsetting and scary for me.

You would think that having the time off from school and work would help my body heal and I would start to get better.  However, that is NOT what happened! I had multiple medical issues that my doctor insisted were all only my Fibromyalgia.  I wasted months taking medicine that made me feel worse NOT better.  After going to several different doctors, I finally found a doctor that started questioning individual problems and trying to fix them. I finally was able to have my anemia addressed, which solved my restless leg syndrome and leg cramps.  These two things were the source of my insomnia as well. At this point I’m still not back to myself (like I ever will be now) and I have to go back to work. This is when I decide it is time to use my creative side and write about my experiences, so I start my blog.