Reaching Out Inc

- Supporting Those With Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME & Associated Illnesses

Our Stories

  • Carrie I remember feeling some pain as far back as I can remember. Mostly in the mornings and late at night. I always thought it was joint pain and that is still what it feels like although I now know it is more muscle related. I have always been an “A” type personality and was a go-getter. ... Read More
  • Karen It is 1984 and here I am, my little girls are 9 months and 3 years old.  It’s Steve’s night for bowling and I’ve just returned home from a 10-hour day at work.  Whew, this “reorganization” at work is a killer, barely allowing us time for grabbing a cup of soup to eat on-the-run.  I ... Read More
  • Linda It has taken me several months to put these words on paper, I believe it is because I am afraid to re-live what I had went thru, and what I am going thru now. I am not the same person I was now as I was before this illness and I miss the old me, ... Read More
  • Richard RICHARD’S STORY I write these words on what I call a good day. But ‘good’ is relative. Good compared to walking around in such a haze that almost every action becomes an impossible effort, physically and mentally as if paralyzed to the point of complete inertia. Or compared to resting, flat out, having cancelled today’s plans, wondering ... Read More
  • Sparrow Sparrow’s Story In April 2001, I was daily riding a stationary bike 2.5 miles, doing aerobic exercises, strength building, and working around 7-8 hours every day. I had tons of energy and was a happy person. I loved my job and my life. On my job, I was working on expanding the children’s counseling program that I ... Read More
  • Pamela December 2.1993 I was a passenger in my friends car, her husband was driving, It was around 8pm just starting to get dark in Pinehurst Texas, we where on our way home when we where rear-ended at 40miles per hour, while waiting to make a turn on there road. My first thought was that I ... Read More
  • Kay Don’t Give Up! By Kathryn Baugh, Reaching-Out Member I wanted to share my story to try to encourage all of you who are where I was. I know that when you are suffering from pain, fatigue, fear, boredom, hopelessness, and depression it’s very hard to maintain any hope of things getting better. I often worked unpaid overtime at ... Read More
  • Myra It all started basically when I was 10 right after my father passed away. I became sister, mother and father until I got married. I had my first surgery at the age of 14, and was molested at the age of 13 by my mother’s boyfriend. My health just got worse and worse, had many ... Read More
  • Harrison Hi Karen, I just wanted to drop you a few lines to tell you how very happy I am about your support group.  It has really opened my eyes to a problem I never knew was around. I don’t mean to sound stupid or anything like that but this sickness you all have is very ... Read More
  • Jackie In 1981, I woke up with excruciating pain in my neck. I went to a friend’s chiropractor, and he tried to adjust it, and after 3 times of reefing on it, I told him to stop because the pain was getting worse. Within the next three days I experienced a stroke like episode where I ... Read More
  • Nikki One of the first things I was told after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia was that “it wouldn’t kill me, but it would make me wish I were dead.” A doctor said that to me, but I didn’t, for one instant, at that time believe that he was showing me my future. I had been ill ... Read More
  • Elle I am Elle and was diagnosed w/chronic fatigue in May 2005, however I’ve probably had it for about a year by now. I try to take it easy while enjoying my parrot Paulie and dog, Pepper. My pets are great company since I have to stay home alot. I’m also married and my husband helps ... Read More
  • Tracy My Fibro/CFS Story In 1986, when I was ten years old, I was diagnosed with Foibrositis and hypoglycemia. This came after two winters of felling stiff all over, not being able to sleep deeply anymore (mainly due to pain caused by the cold) and severe pain in the top of my back, shoulders, and neck; also, ... Read More
  • Katy Hi Everyone! All my life I have been lower on energy than ‘most’ people…I remember as a child having the doctor repeatedly checking my thyroid for problems because of low energy. My sleep was always difficult. Later in life, after I had my children (18 years ago), the body pain and symptoms became more apparent. I just ... Read More
  • Dianna Hi, I’m Dianna Johnson, 53 years old, married with no children, but a 6 foot 9 inch tall hubby, Brian and live in Northern Michigan. I was working for the State of Michigan government and after working for about 4 years, I noticed I was hurting all over my joints and body and was taking ... Read More
  • Sarah I was a very active and athletic child and teen, participating in competitive gymnastics, cheerleading, track, and I was on a dance company.  I always got good grades, had a job since age 15, and loved to hike and rock climb.  When I was 14, though, I started feeling fatigued and began having difficulty completing ... Read More
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