International Fibromyalgia Coaching InstituteI am very honored to introduce you to the next graduating class of the International Fibromyalgia Coaching Institute!

I highly recommend each Fibromyalgia Coach and Advisor on this list. If you are looking for someone to help you with your fibromyalgia diagnosis, please reach out to one of these lovely ladies. You can find out more about the work I’m doing training new Fibromyalgia Coaches and Advisors at FibromyalgiaCoachingInstitute.com.


Meet the Newest Fibromyalgia Coaches and Advisors

Taylor Miller (New York) is a certified FibroCoach and Life Strategies Coach. In 2010, her life came to a screeching halt after a horseback riding accident. It was then that Taylor began feeling widespread pain which only increased with time. She began her journey of finding the cause of all that was wrong and was finally diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Today, Taylor LIVES her life to the fullest and is passionate about helping others find their way in life despite Fibromyalgia. When not with a client, she can be found enjoying the company of her two cats and her horse. For Taylor, life is just beginning!!

 

Jennifer OznerJennifer Ozner (Florida) is a certified professional coach who specializes in both Fibromyalgia and High Performance Coaching. Her passion is to help busy professionals be the best version of themselves while remaining authentic to who they are. Jennifer is also an attorney, having lived with Fibromyalgia for eight years. She has experienced first hand the remarkable change that coaching can provide in living your best life. She is dedicated to partnering with her clients to move them forward toward their best self regardless of where they are currently at right now. Her motto is: “Make the choice every day to be the best you.”

 

Sharon Eisman (California) knows the challenges of working a demanding job while surviving with Fibromyalgia. She has worked in the Financial Banking Industry for over 30 years, spending the majority of the last 20 years as a Manager, and over 20 years of her career working with Fibromyalgia. She applies her personal experiences, coaching skills, and knowledge to the work she does with her clients to help them find relief from pain, and experience fulfilling lives again. Her biggest passion is to help those with Fibromyalgia gain their life back. Her goal is to provide compassion, encouragement and action steps to help your body heal.

 

Shari Lynn K.Y. Ouchi (Hawaii) was born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. She grew up playing sports and graduated with a Culinary Arts degree. After a few years of unexplained health issues, she was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, and realized her passion for helping people. She now strives to become a Certified Fibromyalgia Coach, a Certified Health Coach, and Personal Trainer. Her goal is to be able to help people with chronic illness, chronic pain, and those looking to create a healthier lifestyle. It is her hope that by providing these services, it will help to increase the amount of resources and assistance for those with chronic illness in Hawaii.

 

Jara HalfenJara Halfen (Arizona) partners with adolescents and their families to learn ways to cope with and manage Fibromyalgia. As a mother of two teenagers, Jara has learned first-hand about living with Fibromyalgia when her daughter was diagnosed at the age of 13. Through this journey, Jara has gained an understanding of what Fibromyalgia is, what it’s impact is on not only her daughter but the entire family, and what it’s like to be a caregiver. Do you have an adolescent at home who is newly diagnosed with Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue? If you need advice on how to move forward, consider scheduling a complimentary coaching session with Jara Halfen.

 

Robin PfaffRobin Pfaff (Colorado) The past two years have been full of changes and challenges when it comes to managing fibromyalgia, which Robin has had for over 20 years. As a psychotherapist for 25 years, she is ready for change. Through the IFCI program, Robin has a new positive direction and purpose in life. She is thrilled to have completed the first part of both coaching programs and looks forward to completing all the requirements to become a certified fibromyalgia coach and a certified wellness coach.

 

Melissa Talwar (California) is a science nerd and biohacker on a mission to increase education, advocacy and healing for the fibromyalgia community. She is a founding member of #SupportFibro. Melissa’s passion to advocate for patients with fibromyalgia stem from her own struggle with chronic pain that began in her teens. She understands the adversity and emotional toll that comes with having fibromyalgia from an early age. Melissa looks forward to creating a path of wellness for fibromyalgia patients.

It happens on almost every call. The patient I’m talking to gets a little bit quiet. They pause. They start talking and hesitate. They say, “I wanted to ask you….. um…. what about CBDs for fibromyalgia?”

It feels like a taboo subject — one they might get in trouble for asking about. Yet, it’s something nearly all chronic pain patients are curious about. They’re curious and don’t know where to go to find out more.

What are CBDs?

CBDs are a type of cannabinoid (cannabidiol), which is a compound found in hemp and cannabis (marijuana). CBDs are non-psychoactive—which is a fancy way of saying that it won’t get you high. CBDs extracted from cannabis may or may not be legal where you live, depending on your marijuana laws. However, CBDs extracted from hemp are much more readily available.

Why use CBDs for fibromyalgia?

In her book, The FibroManual, Dr. Ginevra Liptan spends a whole chapter discussing the role that cannabinoids, such as CBD, can play in reducing fibromyalgia symptoms (Chapter 21). Here are a few of the benefits she mentions:

  • Pain relief
  • Improved sleep, including the amount of time spent in deep sleep
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Enhanced relaxation and a sense of well-being

I’ve also heard of patients who have found it improved their digestion, reduced anxiety and depression, and much more.

Enter to win a bundle of CBD products

If you’re curious about trying CBDs for fibromyalgia, I highly recommend entering this special giveaway by Every Day Optimal CBD.

The drawing will be held June 4, 2018, so enter NOW!

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Every Day Optimal CBD Products

One lucky winner* will receive ALL THREE of the following products:

BONUS: Every person who enters the drawing will immediately receive a 10% off coupon code sent to their email address!

*Winner must live in the USA and provide a suitable mailing address to receive the products. I received products to try and this special giveaway to share with you as part of the Chronic Illness Bloggers Network.

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About the Products

Every Day Optimal CBD products are made from non-GMO hemp, organically grown. All products are gluten-free and contain zero THC, which has been verified by third-party labs. Most products are also vegan-friendly, except for the gummies.

Fibromyalgia CBD Capsules

The Fibromyalgia CBD capsules deserve a special mention. This product was specifically designed to benefit fibromyalgia patients, which I can easily tell from the list of ingredients. You might recognize some of the ingredients listed here from my blog post, “Are There Any Vitamins That Help Fibromyalgia”. I’ve also talked about several of these in my book, Take Back Your Life.

Fibromyalgia CBD Ingredients:

  • Every Day Optimal Fibromyalgia CBD CapsulesPure Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil (25 mg)
  • Vitamin C — Powerful antioxidant
  • Vitamin D3 — Often low in fibromyalgia patients
  • Vitamin B12 — May help improve energy, mood, and brain function
  • Folic Acid — May help memory and reduce depression
  • Magnesium — Often low in fibromyalgia patients
  • Zinc — Boosts immune system and may help depression
  • Bacopa — Used in traditional Indian medicine, may help brain function, digestion, and reduce stress
  • Malic Acid — Involved in the Krebs cycle, a process the body uses to make energy
  • Turmeric — A natural anti-inflammatory
  • Acetyl L-Carnite — Helps the body produce energy; also used to treat memory disorders, improving brain function
  • Coenyzme Q10 — Helps with energy, some studies have shown CoQ10 to be deficient in the mitochondria of fibromyalgia patients
  • White Willow — Basically, aspirin
  • Rhodiola — May help increase energy, brain function, and reduce stress
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid — Antioxidant
  • SAMe — Used to treat fibromyalgia and depression
  • Celery Seed Extract — Used to treat joint pain, increase sleep, and improve digestion
  • Black Pepper Fruit Extract — Used to treat pain and improve digestion

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Will CBDs help you?

For some of my clients, adding a CBD product to their treatment plan has literally changed their lives. One client who was previously unable to work, is now back to doing the job she loves. Another client is finally getting better sleep.

Will it work for you? I absolutely believe that it’s worth trying. Every fibromyalgia patient is unique for what works and what doesn’t. I’ve never had a client have a bad reaction to a CBD-only product, like those produced by Every Day Optimal. And hey, if you can win it free or get it at a discount, what do you have to lose?

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Join authors Elaine Merryfield and Tami Stackelhouse LIVE as we celebrate the release of our newest books.

On Thursday, March 8, 2018 I’m hosting an online party to celebrate two very cool things:

  1. My friend and fellow Fibromyalgia Educator, Elaine Merryfield, is publishing her first book, Life Beyond Fibromyalgia.
  2. My second book, The Fibromyalgia Coach, will finally be available in paperback in bookstores everywhere!

Come hear how two fibromyalgia patients found Life Beyond Fibromyalgia — and wrote three books between the two of us!

During this celebration you’ll learn:

  • How to tend to your mind and heart/spirit as well as your body
  • The difference between focusing your attention on healing instead of illness
  • A daily practice of pausing to calm and refocus
  • How to revisit what is most important to YOU
  • Ways to create an intention and vision for living better and living well
  • Why self-kindness should be your cornerstone
  • Lessons from life with fibromyalgia
  • How you can move forward and leave struggle behind
  • Why self-kindness should be your cornerstone

There will also be goodies and perks for attending!

GET INFO & RSVP

Life Beyond Fibromyalgia

Life Beyond Fibromyalgia, by Elaine MerryfieldDo you repeatedly struggle just to get through each day? What if you had a set of tools to help you move forward with greater resilience and attention to self-kindness?

This easy to use guide was designed to support facilitators and members of fibromyalgia support groups as well as individual readers. Contents include six simple self-care tools and strategies to grow your capacity to bounce back more easily and to reconnect with personal strengths and personal dreams. In Life Beyond Fibromyalgia, Elaine Merryfield gently guides you through a series of doable self-care action steps and self-reflective exercises to acknowledge the value and power of practicing self-kindness.

Available March 8!

The power of Life Beyond Fibromyalgia lies in the action steps and self-reflection exercises included in each chapter. All too often, we don’t put the information we’ve learned into practice. This section in each chapter helps to make sure we implement the life-changing information Elaine is giving us. The exercises are simple to do, take little time, yet still provide noticeable benefits.
I also love that Elaine has included a guide on how to use this book within the context of a fibromyalgia support group. I look forward to sharing these exercises with my group, as well as my graduates who are thinking of starting their own groups. This book will be a very helpful tool for any fibromyalgia patient or support group leader.
— Tami Stackelhouse, Founder, International Fibromyalgia Coaching Institute

About Elaine Merryfield

Elaine MerryfieldElaine Merryfield has been living with fibromyalgia since 1989 and views the experience as her biggest life challenge as well as her most valuable life teacher. Since 2000, she has combined this life experience with a background in nursing and health education to teach and support others in living better with fibromyalgia.

Elaine’s experience includes 30 years in stress management, initially in nursing and then in health education. Her initial interest in stress management developed from education in biofeedback. The inner workings of the mindbody relationship continue to be a foundational piece in her work today.

Her classes are offered at the Frida Center for Fibromyalgia in Portland, Oregon.

The Fibromyalgia Coach

The Fibromyalgia Coach, by Tami StackelhouseLooking for a fibromyalgia-friendly career that will help you feel better instead of worse? Is your job keeping you from you getting better? Do you feel like you aren’t ready to file for disability, but can’t keep up at work either?

In The Fibromyalgia Coach, Tami Stackelhouse describes her lifelong search for the perfect career. A fibromyalgia patient herself, the author credits becoming a Fibromyalgia Coach with helping her stay focused on healing when it would have been easy to quit. She says, “Healing is a full-time job.”

When fibromyalgia forces your life to change, use the exercises in this book as a guide to finding your best job ever — a career that will help you feel better while making a difference in the world around you.

What if you didn’t have to choose between your health and a career?

Paperback available March 8!

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About Tami Stackelhouse

Tami Stackelhouse

As Founder of the International Fibromyalgia Coaching Institute, Tami Stackelhouse dreams of a day when all fibromyalgia patients have access to the care and support they need to thrive; she is doing all she can to make that dream come true.

A fibromyalgia patient herself, Tami has gone from disabled to thriving. Her compassion, gentle support, and fun coaching style have helped those with fibromyalgia all over the world take back control of their lives.

She is the award-winning author of The Fibromyalgia Coach: Feel Better, Change Lives, and Find Your Best Job Ever and Take Back Your Life: Find Hope and Freedom from Fibromyalgia Symptoms and Pain.

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Press Release

2018 Top Female Authors Nominee
Request your free copy of The Fibromyalgia Coach
Author Tami Stackelhouse nominated in the “2018 Top Female Authors” as presented by The Authors Show for her book The Fibromyalgia Coach.

The Authors Show is more than a “show” in the traditional sense of the word.  It is a professional interview podcast created in 2005 that offers participants multiple benefits that authors who are serious about marketing their work need to consider, especially as these benefits have long lasting effects.

Now in 2018 and entering its 13th year of production, The Authors Show broadcasts interviews on six separate “channels”, each featuring one individual author for a full 24-hours Monday through Thursday, and three-day weekends (Fri/Sat/Sun).

The Authors Show annual Top Female Authors Award is a juried award featuring entries in 16 different categories from all over the world.

You can learn more about this award on The Authors Show site, as well as nominate your favorite top female author!

The Authors Show
Scottsdale, AZ
(877) 955-8800
TheAuthorsShow.com

Get Your Free Copy!

Request your free copy of The Fibromyalgia CoachAre you ready to find work that helps you feel better instead of worse?

The Fibromyalgia Coach includes the story of my lifelong search for the perfect career. As a fibromyalgia patient, I know how hard this can be. Becoming a Fibromyalgia Coach is the thing that has helped me stay focused on feeling better when it would have been easy to quit. Healing is a full-time job.

This book will give you a framework that will help you gain clarity on what your best job looks like. It includes eight key questions that I used to evaluate my career options when fibromyalgia forced my life to change.

Grab your free copy here. If you would prefer a paperback, you will find it available on Amazon and in your local bookstore!

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Are you needing some fibromyalgia work accommodations? Are you using all the work options available to you? Do you even know what those work options are? Ever wonder if it’s time for you to file for short- or long-term disability?

If you are struggling with these questions about work and fibromyalgia, I encourage you to take this assessment developed by one of my best coaches,  Julie Hamilton at Coaching PI. (Take the assessment here.) After you complete the assessment, Julie will send you a personalized reply with what she believes your options are. You’ll also have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Julie to discuss your individual situation.

Julie has been trained by me directly and is a graduate of the International Fibromyalgia Coaching Institute. In addition to being a Certified Fibromyalgia Coach, Julie is a Certified Life Coach and Youth Life Coach. She has over 20 years as a Human Resources Manager/Director. This means she knows the ins and outs of the workplace when dealing with health issues. She has worked with the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) since its inception and can help you request fibromyalgia work accommodations from your employer to help you keep working. Julie has fibromyalgia and is familiar with workplace issues you may be facing.

I’ll be honest with you — whenever I have workplace questions or clients who need help with short-term disability, FMLA, requesting accommodations, or any other issues that come up at work, I go to Julie. She is truly an expert in this field and, quite frankly, knows WAY more than I do on this subject!

Half of Surveyed Fibromyalgia Patients Are Unable to Work

Fibromyalgia affects as many as 5 million Americans ages 18 and older with 80%-90% being women. About half of these patients are unable to work.

In March 2007, an internet survey was conducted with individuals who have fibromyalgia. Here’s a direct quote from the survey:

The respondents were nearly equally divided regarding their ability to maintain gainful employment. Those who were still working felt that their symptoms compromised their ability to be productive due to frequent absences and reduced work hours. Approximately 20% of the respondents had filed some form of disability claim and 6% received workman’s compensation. [1]

A Note From Julie

Julie Hamilton

I am passionate about helping women with fibromyalgia excel in their professional careers and regain their active social lives. I want to help you be one of the fibromyalgia patients that is able to continue working! Visit my website to fill out the questionnaire. I will then email you a personalized assessment based on your answers within 7 days.

Take the assessment here and get the help you need.


  1. Bennett, Robert M., et al. “An internet survey of 2,596 people with fibromyalgia.” BMC musculoskeletal disorders 8.1 (2007): 27.

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