My mom passed away in October. She passed away one week after a diagnosis of breast cancer; even the doctors were confused. Unfortunately, the cancer spread quickly. I believe God’s grace kept her from pain or from month’s of suffering, but it was very unexpected for our family. I’m sure you understand all the emotions that surround losing a mom, so I do not have to explain that part of this journey.

However, an interesting revelation came out of the way my fibromyalgia responded to the stress. Typically, with fibromyalgia, stress causes flare-ups, discomfort and fatigue. This was not the case for me. In the midst of all of this, I was not in pain. Physically, I felt great!  I could open jars and carry things. Even my husband noticed the difference.  I suspect that adrenaline kicked in during the week my mom was in the hospital and the following week tending to all the details.

When people ask me if I know for certain I have fibromyalgia or wonder why I have stopped receiving medical tests, this experience has given me more validation. Any other disease or condition would not disappear for two weeks. Fibromyalgia is a mystery though and I would not have thought that adrenaline was a key. What now? Do I live as an adrenaline junkie? Should I sky-dive, chase criminals or play with fire?  Seriously? How can I keep up the adrenaline without the negative effect on my body? The answer is- it is not possible. Once the adrenaline wore off, I returned to a life of pain, but I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to be physically pain-free for two weeks. The emotional pain was overwhelming, so I guess it evens out.

I have a request ladies- please get your annual physical examinations and mammograms if required. My mom did not have a mammogram for 20 years. If she had, maybe she would still be here.

Wishing peace and love this Christmas for you and your family!imagejpeg_0d

RIP                         Jeanne A. Archacki- 8-23-45—10-14-16

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