Could her death have been prevented? Maybe not, but her final years could have been spent with hope, not despair. Depression is a side effect of living with chronic pain and illness, and in my friend’s case, the biggest obstacle, the least understood, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
We must raise awareness; we must not let one more person succumb because of ignorance that threatens to rob one of their self esteem including, family and friends, and even healthcare providers.
Can we make it our New Year’s resolution to do that? Can we encourage one more person not to give up the fight? Yes we can, it’s called hope.
Will you join me today?
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