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My battle with Fibromyalgia: Some days I am crippled with pain but I won’t let it hold me back – Plymouth Herald

Some days her body aches from head to toe but this “warrior” refuses to let it rule her life.

At the age of 19, Charlotte was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia – a rare condition that causes pain all over the body.

She had already battled a number of health issues during her teenage years and says coming to terms with her diagnosis was tough.

It has forced her to pull out of university three times, once due to bullying because of her condition. She also had to leave a job she loved because she could not fulfil the role requirements.

But despite her often daily struggles she says she is proud of what she has and will achieved – and she says she won’t let it ruin her life.

“If you saw me, you wouldn’t know anything was wrong,” she says.

“I may look okay, but I’m very good with putting on a mask.

“I’m not going to go around all day grimacing in pain just so people can see there is something wrong.

“When you are in pain day to day – you learn to hide it.”

Charlotte said that she feels “uncomfortable” with other people knowing that she is struggling, but wants people to be mindful that “not everything is visible”.

At 18, just before Charlotte headed to university, she was diagnosed with an under-active thyroid, and thought the diagnosis was a “big breakthrough”.

When she moved to Bedford to study childhood and youth studies, she started to neglect her medications and “became very ill” and unable to look after herself.

“Unfortunately it was not the best place for me,” she said.

So she packed her bags and moved back home with her parents to get back on her feet.

It was then that Charlotte got a therapy bunny called Pepper, and met her soon-to-be husband, Ben.

Charlotte said: “She is the best thing I ever got, and she continues to be such a light on dark days, along with her friend Honey and my cat Muffin.”

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