Live Event Tuesday February 14th! Meet Brandi Clevinger AKA Being Fibro Mom!
Brandi is a follower of Christ, wife to a supportive husband, mother to four sweet children, and Fibromyalgia thriver. She is also the Founder of Being Fibro Mom, as well as a member of the Board of Directors and Families & Fibromyalgia program director for the non-profit organization International Support Fibromyalgia Network. Being Fibro Mom was created in 2013 in the hopes of helping Fibromyalgia sufferers become Fibromyalgia thrivers. Brandi’s mission is to advocate parents while enduring the hardships of Fibromyalgia.
Brandi is a Navy veteran living in her native state of South Carolina. She spends her days cherishing the time with her children as well as reading, writing, cooking, baking and just being herself. We are proud and honored to be meeting with her at the facebook Live Event on February 14th! Here is Brandi’s Story.
“After six long years of struggling with body aches, joint stiffness, seasonal depression, severe back spasms, sensory sensitivities and other various ailments, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and chronic pain. In Winter 2012, I embarked on my journey to becoming well again and regaining a ‘normal’ life.
Since my diagnosis, I’ve tried various avenues of healing with some successes and many failures. I’ve tried physical therapy, psychiatrist visits, medications, numerous doctors, and natural living options to find what works for me and my body. With a combination of determination and a strong support system, I have found the best effective natural treatment remedy plan that works for me. There are still flare days, but for the most part, I’m healing.
It’s been a long and rough road over the last few years, but I’m here and still standing stronger than ever. Through my journey I have learned that living with fibromyalgia and chronic pain does not have to be merely surviving life, but thriving it! It was after this time that I set my sights on becoming a writer and sharing my journey with other fibromyalgia sufferers.
After creating Being Fibro Mom in 2013, I have reached many goals and accomplished many goals I didn’t realize I had. In addition to writing for various websites, I am a regular contributor to the
international magazine The Fibromyalgia Magazine. My articles cover various fibromyalgia aspects with a focus in fibro parenting (parenting with fibromyalgia).
Additionally, I am a board member and Families & Fibromyalgia program director for International Support Fibromyalgia Network.
My closed Facebook group, Fibro Parenting, is focused on any parent or guardian looking for support while parenting with fibromyalgia. Fibro is an intrusive illness that can be complicated enough without the added stress of parenting. Fibro parenting is a creative form of parenting, but does require the support and encouragement from other fibro parents. There are so many of us battling fibro and trying to be the best parent/guardian we can be – YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
As of November 2016, I am working alongside my husband to create a course that will help parents along the arduous path to success. It will be full of videos, short tutorial lessons, mine and my husband’s less-than-successful parenting mistakes and lessons, and more! Please stay tuned for the release date.
Starting in January 2017, my husband and I launched a series called Fibro Fridays! Live with Tim and Brandi. The series is a live feed each Friday at noon EST found on the Being Fibro Mom Facebook page. It covers our crazy, fun week as well as the ups and downs we faced as parents, fibro thriver, and fibro caregiver. We answer questions that we have received throughout the week as well as comments and questions from live viewers. Other fibro bloggers, writers, and advocates join the live sessions and give essential resource. It’s something you don’t want to miss!
Each day I write, I do it in the hopes of helping fibromyalgia sufferers become fibromyalgia thrivers. My mission is to to advocate parents while enduring the hardships of fibromyalgia. I hope to one day help in changing the mantra “you don’t look sick” and replace it with knowledge, understanding, compassion, and healing.