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Part 1
Chapter 1: The First Step: Being Diagnosed
Living with the Frustration of Fibromyalgia before Diagnosis
Understanding the Cause without Self-blame
Saying Goodbye to the Old Life
Getting Diagnosed
Finding Hope
Part 2
Chapter 2: The Second Step: Empowering Self
Controlling Symptoms with Food: The Hypoglycemic Diet
Summarizing Dr. St. Amand’s Theory of Hypoglycemia
Preparing the Pantry: The Hypoglycemic Way
Starting the New Lifestyle of Eating
Experiencing Positive Results
The Liberal Diet
Part 3
Chapter 3: The Third Step: Adjusting to the New Life
Remembering the Old Life
Accepting Disability, not Defeat
Believing in Self: Emotional Issues
Becoming the Change: Affirmations
Letting Go of Ego: I Am Not My Illness
Part 4
Chapter 4: The Fourth Step: Realizing Hope Is Here
Ruling Out Other Medical Conditions
Fatigue Syndrome
The Guaifenesin Protocol for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia
FIBROMYALGIA
Discovering Movement: Tai Chi and Physical Therapy
Ensuring Success by Eliminating Salicylates
Keeping the Symptom Journal and Being Mapped
Starting the Guaifenesin
Meeting Support
Learning to Ask for Help
Finding Unconditional Support
Creating to be Pain-free
Doing Something You Love Every Day
Discovering the Joy of Movement
Accomplishing a Goal Each Day
Visualizing Wellness—More Strategies
Part 6
Chapter 6: The Sixth Step: Wanting to Become a Mom
Fibromyalgic Pregnancy and Motherhood Concerns
The First Month
Desiring to Become Pregnant
The Second Month
Preparing for Fibromyalgic Pregnancy
The Fourth Month
The Fifth Month
The Sixth Month
Developing Gestational Diabetes
The Seventh Month
The Eighth Month
The Ninth Month
Waiting for Baby
Welcoming Alexander Neil
Hoping to Breastfeed
Afterword: Meeting Dr. St Amand for the First Time
Flying to Los Angeles, California
Meeting R. Paul St. Amand, MD
Being Diagnosed: My Travel Buddy’s Shocking Discovery
Resources
Tai Chi Range-of-Motion Exercises
Daily Fibro Symptom List
Daily Fibro Sample Symptom Journal
Chantal’s Map August 2007
Baby Registry Must-Haves for the Fibromyalgic Mother-to-Be:
Hospital Packing List for the Fibromyalgic Mother-to-Be
What to Pack for Mom:
What to Pack for Baby:
What to Pack for Husband or Partner:
Notes
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I Have Fibromyalgia / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but it Doesn't Have Me! A Memoir

I Have Fibromyalgia / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but it Doesn't Have Me! A Memoir

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Newly Diagnosed? Long Time Sufferer?You are NOT alone! You CAN change your life and REVERSE this highly frustrating, emotionally confusing, very often unrecognized “invisible” illness.Too many fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome patients find themselves suffering in pain, depressed, and alone. Abandoned and misunderstood by their families, the medical community, and society in general, they retreat to their medicine cabinets full of prescription drugs and supplements—mere bandages—that won’t reverse their condition.Chantal’s story removes the bandages and offers these patients real hope and help.Part memoir/part self-help, Chantal chronicles the steps she took to reclaim her life while following the Guaifenesin Treatment Protocol.Join Chantal in her journey.“A must-read, Chantal’s book will bring you HOPE, INSIGHTFUL tips and POSITIVE results. Th is AMAZING book has changed my Fibromyalgia life.”— Kris Bruinsma, FMS survivor“I am so proud to read this book written by my friend, Chantal. Her articles have graced many publications including my own and I am thrilled that she has taken the time to make her story public. I know firsthand the power of shared experiences on recovery and know her book will make a difference to so many.”—Claudia Marek, co-author of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Fibromyalgia“Th is is a story of hope and determination written by an individual who has been a patient in my integrative medical practice for the past eight years. She is an outspoken advocate and our resident expert in the protocol of R. Paul St. Amand, MD. She has graced us with her knowledge and exuberant energy at our clinic’s monthly fibromyalgia support group meetings. She is the consummate teacher and is always available to help our other fibromyalgia patients working through the subtleties of the Guaifenesin Protocol. A must-read for anyone lost in the abyss of fibromyalgia with seemingly no apparent way out."—Thaddeus P. Srutwa, MD, Spring Lake, MI
Newly Diagnosed? Long Time Sufferer?You are NOT alone! You CAN change your life and REVERSE this highly frustrating, emotionally confusing, very often unrecognized “invisible” illness.Too many fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome patients find themselves suffering in pain, depressed, and alone. Abandoned and misunderstood by their families, the medical community, and society in general, they retreat to their medicine cabinets full of prescription drugs and supplements—mere bandages—that won’t reverse their condition.Chantal’s story removes the bandages and offers these patients real hope and help.Part memoir/part self-help, Chantal chronicles the steps she took to reclaim her life while following the Guaifenesin Treatment Protocol.Join Chantal in her journey.“A must-read, Chantal’s book will bring you HOPE, INSIGHTFUL tips and POSITIVE results. Th is AMAZING book has changed my Fibromyalgia life.”— Kris Bruinsma, FMS survivor“I am so proud to read this book written by my friend, Chantal. Her articles have graced many publications including my own and I am thrilled that she has taken the time to make her story public. I know firsthand the power of shared experiences on recovery and know her book will make a difference to so many.”—Claudia Marek, co-author of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Fibromyalgia“Th is is a story of hope and determination written by an individual who has been a patient in my integrative medical practice for the past eight years. She is an outspoken advocate and our resident expert in the protocol of R. Paul St. Amand, MD. She has graced us with her knowledge and exuberant energy at our clinic’s monthly fibromyalgia support group meetings. She is the consummate teacher and is always available to help our other fibromyalgia patients working through the subtleties of the Guaifenesin Protocol. A must-read for anyone lost in the abyss of fibromyalgia with seemingly no apparent way out."—Thaddeus P. Srutwa, MD, Spring Lake, MI

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