There are many getting diagnosed with FM, or fibromyalgia, and haven’t ever heard of it. Then there are those that are certain that they have it, want to understand it, and are still attempting to find someone to give them the diagnosis. Whichever the case, Mari Skelly has written a great book that answers many of the top questions whether the diagnosis is still being sought or if it has already arrived.
Resources and Definitions
Two chapters specifically deal with where the reader can go to get other information. There were a good five pages of different resources, from support groups, to organizations, and other places that one can find more information on Fibromyalgia. There is a good glossary so that any words that are difficult to understand or that the reader just isn’t aware of can be looked up and defined. This can keep the reader from getting bogged down in the language, even though the book was written in normal layman’s terms.
What was really the key to the book, crucial in making it stand out among others on the shelf, were the case studies. These patient accounts really added a human feel to the book, and wasn’t too scientific or too basic. It was a perfect mix of telling in easy detail the who, what, where, and why of the condition. Some of the case studies used in the different chapters really focused on the way that it feels to have FM, and how the sufferers manage throughout the day. No one except those living with the condition can truly describe how it feels and what worked for them, and it’s those tidbits scattered throughout the book that really were nice to read.
Mari Skelly has written several books on fibromyalgia and has been living with the illness (along with CFS as well) since 1993. Along with being a talented author, she is also a florist and a motivational speaker. She has also written the book Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Table of Contents
- What is Fibromyalgia?
- A Community of Women
- The Relief of a Diagnosis
- The Unique Concerns of Women with FM
- Taking Care of Ourselves: Treatment Options
- Our Mental and Emotional Health
- Everyday Solutions and Things that Really Work
- Dealing With People Closest To Us
- Dealing With Doctors and Other Health Care Providers
- Dealing With the Rest of the World
- Money Matters: Paying the Bills and Getting the Benefits We’re Entitled To
- What’s New? What’s Coming?
- Life Goes On
Women Living With Fibromyalgia by Mari Skelly, published by Hunter House Publishers, 2002, ISBN: 0-89793-342-7, $14.95 Retail, 288 pages