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!


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!


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.







Press Release

2018 Top Female Authors Nominee
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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!

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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!




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.



Press Release

Get your free copy of Take Back Your Life
Readers’ Favorite recognizes Take Back Your Life in its annual international book award contest.

The Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries, ranging from new independent authors to NYT best-sellers and celebrities.

Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

Readers’ Favorite receives thousands of entries from all over the world. Because of these large submission numbers, they are able to break down their contest into 140+ genres, and each genre is judged separately, ensuring that books only compete against books of their same genre for a fairer and more accurate competition. They receive submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance, James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), and Eriq La Salle (E.R., Coming to America). “When the right books are picked as winners we pay attention. We will be spreading the word about Readers’ Favorite.” — Karen A., Editor for Penguin Random House

Readers’ Favorite is proud to announce that Take Back Your Life by Tami Stackelhouse won the Gold Medal in the Non-Fiction – Health – Medical category.

You can learn more about this award on the Readers’ Favorite review page where you can read a review of Take Back Your Life and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

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Media Relations
Louisville, KY 40202

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Are you ready to Take Back Your Life?  Grab your free copy here. If you would prefer a paperback, you will find it available on Amazon.

WEGO Health Awards 2017I am excited to announce that I have been nominated for the WEGO Health Award “Advocating for Another” in the 6th Annual WEGO Health Awards.

WEGO Health is a mission-driven company connecting healthcare with the experience, skills, and insights of patient leaders. They are the world’s largest network of patient leaders, working across virtually all health conditions and topics. Click here to learn more about their Patient Leader Network.

The WEGO Health Awards were created to celebrate those who tirelessly support the mission of WEGO Health: empowering the patient voice. The WEGO Health Awards recognize over 100,000 inspiring patient leaders and advocates who raise awareness, share information, and support their communities — often without recognition. There are 16 award categories, with many names on the nominee list you’ll recognize! Be sure to endorse all your favorites, not just me. ;-)

WEGO Health Award “Advocating for Another”

The “Advocating for Another” award is my favorite. This award recognizes the work that patient leaders and advocates do on behalf of others. This is why I’m particularly honored to receive this nomination.

My personal mission truly is to change the lives of fibromyalgia patients all over the world. In 2013, I began working with doctors and advocates to change how fibromyalgia is treated in Oregon. (See Fibromyalgia Treatment Not Covered Under Oregon Health Plan.) I have been a regular panelist at Oregon Health & Science University speaking with their medical students on what life is really like for chronic pain patients. I’ve had the privilege of being interviewed for two different chronic pain documentaries (still in process) and have published two books on fibromyalgia (hint, these links will get you free copies of the ebooks!): Take Back Your Life: Find Hope and Freedom from Fibromyalgia Symptoms and Pain and The Fibromyalgia Coach: Feel Better, Change Lives, and Find Your Best Job Ever.

It is my mission to change the face of fibromyalgia in the world. I dream of the day when fibromyalgia patients can receive the care, support, and education needed to feel their best. Fibromyalgia doesn’t need to feel like the death sentence it is today. There is hope. You can feel better! All you need is someone to come alongside you. Someone to help you discover what works, what doesn’t, and get the treatment you need. This is exactly what a Fibromyalgia Coach does.

Patient Advocacy Summit & WEGO Health Awards

This year, the 16 WEGO Health Award winners will be honored at the 5th Annual Patient Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC October 23rd and 24th, 2017. Events like these have been an important part of my journey as a patient advocate and leader. Each conference builds my knowledge and network of colleagues and collaborators. As a fibromyalgia patients, we need to be as educated as possible about the policies affecting our care. We also need to know about medical research on our condition, possible treatment options, and where to find help. If you’d like more information about the summit, you can learn more here.