Purple Ribbons and Butterflies are the symbols for the Fibromyalgia Awareness cause, but also for Lupus, which I’m sure is no coincidence, since they mimic eachother in so many ways. And Spoons are used as a symbol by those suffering with many different types of chronic illness, thanks to the wonderful essay called The Spoon Theory, by Christine Miserandino.
PLEASE NOTE, 25% of the cost of all of these items that I sell will be donated to the NFA, the National Fibromyalgia Association, who fight to raise awareness and find a cure for this debilitating disease that is still so misunderstood. Please check out www.fmaware.org to find out more.
As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia back in 2012. I was also diagnosed with Lupus in 2016. To put proof to what I said above about these diseases being so misunderstood, I have also had doctors scoff at me for a diagnosis that another doctor made, and tell me that I don't have either. Although, they are unable to come up with a diagnosis themselves. So how am I supposed to treat myself? How can I fight something if I don't know what it is? I have had people tell me that my diseases are made up, or that I must be exaggerating, and most of all, that I "don't look sick". But for me, and for millions of others around the world, these diseases are a crippling reality. And so, until things are better understood, I will continue to fight to spread awareness and I will continue to raise money for those who search for a cure.
You can find all of these items in my Etsy shop: HERE.
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