Learning to Love My Body Through Its Changes: A Journey with Fibromyalgia

Learning to love my body as it grows and changes has been a journey. I’ve learned to appreciate my body unconditionally, yet when living with fibromyalgia, it often feels like my body is at constant war with itself. It’s like starting over, trying to understand the purpose behind the pain and learning to love myself through it all.

Understanding the Pain

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain, fatigue, and cognitive difficulties. For those of us living with it, the pain can feel relentless, making even the simplest activities challenging. Trying to explain to my son and my husband that things like hugs hurt is heartbreaking. It’s a tough reality, but one that many of us with fibromyalgia face daily.

Embracing Self-Love

Despite the pain and the challenges, I’ve found solace in affirmations. They remind me to love my body without any “ifs,” “ands,” or “buts.” Here are some affirmations that help me stay grounded and positive:

  1. I love my body, despite the pain.
  2. My strength is more than my condition.
  3. I am resilient, and my body is doing its best.
  4. I embrace my body’s changes with love and compassion.
  5. I deserve to feel loved and cherished.

Repeating these affirmations daily has helped me cultivate a deeper sense of self-love and acceptance, even on the hardest days.

To keep track of my affirmations and reflections, I use my favorite self-love journal. It’s been an invaluable tool in my journey towards embracing and loving my body. You can find it here.

Navigating Life with Fibromyalgia

Learning to navigate life with fibromyalgia involves constant adaptation. Some days are better than others, and that’s okay. Here are a few strategies that have helped me:

  • Listening to My Body: Taking breaks when needed and not pushing myself too hard.
  • Mindfulness Practices: Meditation and gentle yoga help me manage stress and pain.
  • Support Network: Leaning on my loved ones for emotional support, even if they can’t fully understand my pain.

Communicating with Loved Ones

One of the hardest parts of living with fibromyalgia is communicating my needs to my family. It’s important to be open and honest about how I’m feeling and what I need. Here are a few tips for explaining fibromyalgia to loved ones:

  • Be Clear and Honest: Explain what fibromyalgia is and how it affects you.
  • Use Analogies: Compare the pain to something they might understand, like a constant, dull ache or a flu-like fatigue.
  • Ask for Patience: Remind them that some days will be harder than others, and their understanding means the world to you.


Loving my body through its changes with fibromyalgia is an ongoing journey. There are days when the pain feels overwhelming, but through self-love and affirmations, I find strength. To anyone else living with chronic pain, remember: your body is doing its best, and you are worthy of love and compassion, unconditionally.

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