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Over twenty years ago, when today’s guest Ann Garner Coulter was diagnosed, we were in what Tami describes as the dark ages of fibromyalgia. There were no FDA-approved medications, and it was even more challenging to find a doctor who knew enough about the condition to help. As a result, Ann had very few resources to help her manage her fibromyalgia, and she struggled for a long time. While dealing with those symptoms, including pain consistently in the seven to nine range, Ann continued working full-time but eventually lost her job due to her health.
Around the same time, her young daughter received a ME/CFS diagnosis. Ann stepped in as an advocate for her and discovered a side of herself she never knew existed. That discovery led her to more extensive advocacy work and her decision to become a Certified Fibromyalgia Coach®. Ann has a remarkable recovery story, and she’s now taken her pain down to a two or three most days. She’s also returning to work and working her way off of disability.
In this conversation, Tami and Ann discuss Ann’s journey to her fibromyalgia diagnosis over 22 years ago, Ann’s symptoms in the lead up to her diagnosis, what it was like navigating her diagnosis in what Tami calls the dark ages of fibromyalgia, the treatments and therapies Ann tried before finding a doctor who was able to help her, why it’s often hard to find doctors with the proper knowledge and experience, being pregnant with fibromyalgia, dealing with fibromyalgia alongside postpartum depression, working full-time while struggling with fibromyalgia symptoms then losing a job because of her health, why Ann finally filed for disability, how learning to advocate for her daughter helped Ann advocate for herself, Ann’s decision to become a Certified Fibromyalgia Coach®, what made the most significant difference in turning down her pain, how being a coach and helping other people has helped Ann, the vital role of faith in Ann’s journey, peeling back the layers and finding who she really is, what’s next for Ann, her impactful advocacy work, Ann’s message for someone struggling with fibromyalgia, what to expect from a coaching call with Ann, recognizing that it takes time to heal, and more.
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 Ann Garner Coulter
Ann Garner Coulter has been on her own fibromyalgia journey for over 22 years. She thought she had tried everything until she began her training to become a Certified Fibromyalgia Coach® and discovered how much fibro treatment has changed in 22 years! As a single mom of a tween who has ME/CFS, chronic pain & autonomic dysfunction, Ann understands how challenging it can be to take care of others while prioritizing and improving your health.
Schedule a call with Ann at FindAFibroCoach.com
Links & Resources
- The Ticket to Work Program
- Support Fibromyalgia Network
- Find a Certified Fibromyalgia Coach® at FindAFibroCoach.com
- Learn more about becoming a Certified Fibromyalgia Advisor® or Certified Fibromyalgia Coach® at FibromyalgiaCoachingInstitute.com
- Register for our January 21, 2023 Fibromyalgia Stories of Hope and Healing event at IFCIGraduation.com
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- Schedule a consultation with Tami or one of her coaches through the International Fibromyalgia Coaching Institute.
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