I am currently in a frenzy as I am participating in National Novel Writing Month. I am putting together a book on Fibromyalgia and chronic pain and am in dire need of your voice.
I am asking for anyone who lives with chronic pain to e-mail me th
eir stories. I will provide a list of my burning questions, but feel free to talk about anything as much or as little as you want. This is your story, your voice, your way. Please let me know if you wish to remain anonymous as well. I cannot guarantee I will use all or any of your submission, but my goal is to include a little bit of everyone in it.
Did you suffer any emotional trauma or abuse as a child? Did you deal with narcissism, alcoholism, addiction or anything similar as a kid? Do you think your emotional pain has anything to do with your physica
l pain as an adult?
Do you hide your disease? How? Tell me about a “coming out” story or why you choose to keep it hidden. Is your disease invisible?
Do you deal with guilt, depression or anxiety?
What are your experienced with doctors like? Have you ever been belittled, humiliated or dismissed by a doctor? How many doctors have you seen? How were you diagnosed and when?
Have you ever been denied meds or had them taken away from you?
Have you tried to get disability? What’s that like?
Have you ever felt silenced, shamed or like your pain is irrelevant or false?
If you have any other thoughts, ideas or insight, please feel free to add it. You can give me one sentence or an essay; bullet points or just words. I appreciate your time and effort.
Please e-mail me: email@example.com and put “NaNo” as the subject line.