Episode 98: How To Explain Fibromyalgia To Your Child with Melissa Swanson

Kids are curious, and they’ll ask anything and everything about what’s different about you.

Today, Tami is sharing a fabulous resource that will help you explain fibromyalgia to the little ones in your life. After leaving an office job of twenty years, Melissa started a new career working with young children. While working with little kids, they inevitably noticed the signs of her pain and would keep asking all these different questions. Recognizing that this wasn’t a unique situation, Melissa was inspired to create something that could help people better explain what they’re going through in a way that kids can understand. From there, her book, Ravyn’s Doll, was born.

In this episode, Melissa and Tami talk about the process from idea to publication of Melissa’s book, Ravyn’s Doll, the story that’s told in the book, the significant impact Melissa saw in her school district, which age group will get the most from reading Ravyn’s Doll, how the book has helped children and family members connect with their loved ones who are struggling with fibromyalgia, ways to introduce the book to kids at different ages, diving deeper into invisible illnesses and symptoms with older kids, supporting resources to help you get started with these discussions, paper doll lessons for younger kids, why it was important to Melissa to create the Spanish edition of Ravyn’s Doll, how you can purchase copies of Ravyn’s Doll, and more.

Ravyn’s Doll has been a fantastic tool for many people in helping their loved ones better understand them. Both Tami and Melissa have heard many stories from friends and clients about the huge difference this book has made. We hope that you will share these resources with the people in your life who have little ones, whether that’s your relatives, your students, or your pediatrician’s office; it’s essential to get these out into the world.

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 Melissa Swanson

Melissa Swanson is a chronic pain patient, advocate, and author. Through her Fibro Warriors Living Life Facebook page and blog, she offers positive encouragement, medical information, resources, and support to 20,000+ fibromyalgia and chronic pain patients. In addition, Melissa is the author of “Ravyn’s Doll: How To Explain Fibromyalgia To Your Child” and is a Program Director with the International Support Fibro Network.

Melissa is a graduate of the Leaders Against Pain Scholarship Training, sponsored by the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association, and the International Fibromyalgia Coaching Institute. Melissa works with clients as a Certified Fibromyalgia Advisor helping them learn tools to live with the chronic illness fibromyalgia. If you’re looking for a cheerleader to be in your corner with a little bit of “tough love” when needed, Melissa is the one for you. She understands the struggles of trying to balance family life and work while living with the challenges of fibromyalgia and its evil sidekicks.

Contact Melissa through her website or on Facebook.

Website: FibroWarriorsLivingLife.com
Facebook: Fibro Warriors ~ Living Life
Ravyn’s Doll on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2bk5bpN (Affiliate link)
Ravyn’s Doll coloring book: https://amzn.to/2Ipi98z (Affiliate link)
Ravyn’s Doll (Spanish edition): https://amzn.to/3ARZA7k (Affiliate link)
Ravyn’s Doll Discussion Questions
Ravyn’s Doll Paper Doll Lesson Plan

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