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Series: Relationships

Episode 62: When Your Family Doesn’t Support You with Heather Kent

Improving your fibromyalgia is really hard to do all on your own; you need a team of people to support you, including various providers, friends, and family. So… what happens when your family doesn’t support you? Aren’t they the ones who should be giving you the most support?

Listen in as Tami interviews Heather Kent, psychotherapist and author of two books on toxic relationships, about what to do when your family isn’t supportive. You’ll learn how to tell if it’s a lack of support which can be improved through education and communication, or a more toxic and unhealthy type of non-support, including the signs for a toxic or abusive relationship.

Heather and Tami want you to know: Your fibromyalgia doesn’t have to be the thing that keeps you stuck in a toxic relationship — and a toxic relationship doesn’t have to be the thing that keeps you stuck in your fibromyalgia pain and fatigue. There is hope. You can feel better and feel safe.

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Episode 57: Talking To Others About Your Fibromyalgia with Kimberli Wicks

Have you ever wondered what you should tell others about your fibromyalgia? Do you find yourself going back and forth between saying, “I’m fine” and telling them how you really feel? If so, this episode is for you!

We all intuitively understand that there are some people we can share more with than others. In this episode, Tami interviews Kimberli Wicks, a professional counselor who has lived for years with her own chronic illness. Kimberli outlines a simple way of categorizing the people in your life which will help you know how much to share about your diagnosis.

Tami and Kimberli also include several suggestions on ways you can build a support network, how to test the waters with how much to tell new people in your life, and ways to ensure you don’t overburden the people you love.

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