Story Sharing Chat & Consultation
Talk to a fibromyalgia expert who truly understands
Are you tired of dealing with your illness on your own? Are you ready to talk to someone who actually has fibromyalgia and understands?
Or do you have questions about the strange and scary symptoms that your body is giving you? Would you like to talk to someone who won’t tell you that you’re crazy?
There are still lots of people — even medical professionals — who don’t believe chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia are real; trying to talk with people about it can make one feel embarrassed and hopeless. — Jennifer Tolley
Fibromyalgia & CFS Consultation
AKA Story Sharing Chat
I think of this as a chance for two new friends to share a cup of coffee or tea and swap stories. If you’re in the Portland, Oregon area, we might even be able to meet in person and share a cup! (Though, even if you’re local, the phone might be easier — that way we can both stay in our jammies! Shhh! Our little secret!)
This is a totally informal, non-threatening time where we both can get to know each other. It gives each of us a chance to find out if we would be a good fit for working together.
This is also a great option if you’re wondering if you’re suffering with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or fibromyalgia symptoms. These are two illnesses that are not very well known. I can help you sift through the confusion and give you some peace of mind.
The day I met Tami, I knew she had a special ability to make me feel comfortable being around her. — Tamara Staples
I call this a Story Sharing Chat because the first thing I always like to do is share our stories; I want to hear your story and I’ll share mine with you.
Everyone’s experience with fibromyalgia and CFS is unique. I will never assume that you’re just like everyone else; I know you have your own special combination of symptoms and struggles.
Tami takes the time to listen to someone’s struggles in an effort to empathize and help find a solution. — Jennifer Tolley
I promise, nothing you say will surprise me.
If you want a head start on my fibromyalgia story, go ahead and read it now. The quick version is that I filed for social security disability back in 2008. (And yes, there were days I could hardly get out of bed and lived in my pajamas! I know what it’s like, I promise!)
Today, I can mostly live like I don’t have fibromyalgia, as long as I take care of myself the way I know I need to. (And no, I don’t always do what I need to either. I know what that’s like too, I promise! This fibro thing ain’t easy!)
Thank you for chatting with me the other day. It’s so great to talk with someone who has dealt with fibromyalgia for so long. Thanks again for your encouragement and support. — BB
So, what will we talk about?
When we talk the first time, we’ll usually chat about things like:
- How long have you been sick?
- What are your CFS or fibromyalgia symptoms?
- Are the medications and therapies you’re using working for you?
- How does having fibromyalgia or CFS limit your life? Are there things you miss doing?
- What is the biggest challenge you’re facing right now?
- Is there additional support you need to get well?
Once I know your story, I can offer suggestions for things that will help you minimize your pain and increase your energy. We’ll also talk about ways I can support you.
You will leave your appointment with things you can use right away. I guarantee it.
As my symptoms progressed, I called on Tami’s skill and recommendations. She surrounds herself with other experts in the field and was able to recommend specific health care practitioners based on behavioral styles, expertise and my immediate need. — Jennifer Tolley
Depending on how much history you have with your illness — and how much fun we’re having! — your consultation will take 60-90 minutes. I never charge to sit down and share stories, even though I guarantee you will get my very best coaching during this time.
Individual Consultation: FREE
I can’t wait to meet you!
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Thank you for helping me! It was delightful to speak with someone who knows! — Mary Nadasi