Episode 112: Becoming an Empowered Patient with Gisèle McDiarmid

Having been through the Western medical system for 20 years without meaningful change, Gisèle McDiarmid decided to take her health into her own hands. She felt the need to explore further and find specialists who knew about invisible illnesses, and she finally received a diagnosis and the help she needed to rebuild her health.

With that, she finally had enough energy to focus on empowering herself to maintain her health and well-being as much as possible without invasive interventions. That’s when she learned about the International Fibromyalgia Coaching Institute (IFC) and our Certified Fibromyalgia Advisor® program.

Today Tami welcomes Certified Fibromyalgia Coach® Gisèle McDiarmid to share her experience in our training programs. In this conversation, Gisèle and Tami discuss Gisèle’s journey with fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivities, and chronic fatigue syndrome, the struggle to find the right treatments and support, the importance of self-care and learning to prioritize your own wellbeing, the benefits of working with a coach, how Gisèle discovered the IFC and her decision to become a Certified Fibromyalgia Coach®, empowering yourself with knowledge and communication tools for doctors, the ins and outs of fibromyalgia, its symptoms, and management strategies, how having a support group can make a huge difference in your quality of life, what made the program pandemic-proof, how self-care benefits us and those around us, benefits of becoming a Certified Fibromyalgia Coach®, two of Gisèle’s client success stories with breast implant illness and long COVID, the value of having a coach that truly understands the experiences and challenges faced by fibromyalgia patients, recognizing that it is possible to have a better quality of life if you’re committed to taking better care of yourself, and more.

For both Tami and Gisèle, being a coach has been their secret weapon in managing their fibromyalgia and helping others. No matter where you are now, don’t give up. You can find the right tools and support to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Note: This episode is not meant to be medical advice. Every person and every situation is unique. The information you learn in this episode should be shared and discussed with your own healthcare providers.

About Gisèle McDiarmid

Gisèle McDiarmid is a Certified Fibromyalgia Coach and Registered Health Coach with a BA in Psychology. She has been living with Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) for over 25 years. Before becoming a coach, Gisèle worked as a neurology nurse in Canada and the US.

Gisèle experienced the overwhelm and isolation of living with invisible illnesses, the search for answers, and for health professionals to lead her recovery. Wanting to improve her self-care at home, between appointments, led her to the IFCI Advisor and Coaching Programs. Today, Gisèle inspires and empowers others to take control of their health, expertly guiding them on their journey toward living the lives they have been dreaming of.

You can find Gisèle on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or on her website.

Schedule a consultation with Gisèle at FindAFibroCoach.com.

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“Thank you so much for this episode. I can relate very much to managing fibro, then having a life implosion just as I was making progress. This personal story helped me reimagine what is happening.”

~ @laurasjoylee, on Episode 106: When Life Implodes with Dr. Ginevra Liptan

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