Hi! I’m Deb and I live in Spokane WA. I want to share my story of chronic pain and invisible illnesses as well as let you know why I started this blog.
In September of 2004 I was in a serious car accident. Afterwards I suffered from endless pain throughout my body along with vertigo and problems with balance/falling. None of my doctors believed that anything was wrong with me. My attorney called me into his office and told me I needed to, “stop malingering and go back to work.”
In December of that year, a very caring ER doctor diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia; she also referred me to a physical medicine doctor as she felt there was another problem that was affecting me. When I went to see him, he was able to diagnose me with a “serious traumatic brain injury” within 5 minutes. A multitude of neurological tests confirmed the diagnosis.
Since I could no longer able to work as an LPN I went back to college to change careers. I was 3 classes away from graduation when Chronic Fatigue Syndrome slammed me. I was in bed for a year and a half afterwards.
These days I live in a 55+ apartment complex where I have lots of friends and acquaintances. I am passionate about making and selling jewelry(I promise to share some pictures soon!).I volunteer one day a week at our on-site Meals on Wheels kitchen and I go to Tuesday night coloring club here at my apartment complex. Otherwise, I am pretty much home-bound.
My other passion is this blog. I’ve really just started it, but I am dead-set on making it the best it can be. I created Peering Through the Fog in order to build a community of people who suffer chronic pain and/or illnesses. I also want this blog to be a form entertainment whether I’m sharing a funny story, sharing a piece of entertaining media or I’m just in a silly mood. I mean for us to form the type of community where we will be able to forge friendships and give support to each other as we deal with chronic illness and our day-to-day lives.