My Commencement Address for Int’nl Fibromyalgia Institute Graduation

Click on the white triangle below to press play and hear my speech.  My speech is called, “Stronger Together: Community Resilience in the Face of Pain.”

I delivered the commencement address on August 6, 2016 at the International Fibromyalgia Coaching Institute’s Graduation Ceremony.  The institute offers two certification options: Certified Fibromyalgia Coach and Certified Fibromyalgia Advisor.  They are currently taking applications for the Fall 2016 Program.



Hi, I have five illnesses--bipolar disorder, myasthenia gravis (neuromuscular autoimmune disease), endometriosis, asthma, and psoriasis. Most of the organs in my body are affected. I'm dedicated to being a stylist for sick women. As someone who has experienced changes in my appearance due to my 12 meds (including Prednisone), I know how hard it can be when your face and body change overnight. (In fact, because of treatment, between 2008 to 2010, I went from a size 0 to a size 10. While I lost the weight, there are permanent changes in my face and body, which I've grown to appreciate.) My blog will also help women deal with other issues like surviving chronic pain and fatigue. Healthy people can also use this blog as a window into what life with illness is like. Let this website be a place where we can draw strength from each other despite our illnesses and find solutions to our everyday challenges!

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