Fibromyalgia Poems

My First Solo Holiday with Fibromyalgia

Everyone likes to stay within their comfort zone

But sometimes you just need to take a risk

My comfort zone is smaller than ever

Since I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia

And I’ve only hidden myself more and more over the last few months

Finally I took a leap and I’ve gone on a solo holiday

Now I’ve always been quite an introvert

Even before chronic illness stole my social life

I’ve been on a couple of solo holidays before

But I knew this time would be different

I haven’t really been out of my comfort zone for a long time

And the last solo holiday I went on wasn’t great

It wasn’t long after I witnessed a fatal car crash and I was struggling

My own company was not something I wanted to deal with

But I had booked the holiday before everything happened

I really suffered and didn’t enjoy myself that time

But I thought I would give it another go

Take the plunge into depths unknown

I’m currently 2 days into my all inclusive holiday

I’m a budding writer and the only time I am able to write is on holiday

Mainly because I just can’t focus at home with limited time

But out here away from everything I can focus on it, take as long as I want

I am enjoying myself and letting my hair down so to speak

And I have time to really contemplate and reflect on my life

The warm climate really eases my pain

I even had a massage today and it was the best thing ever

The only awkward part is dining alone

This is the only thing I don’t like about being alone

It’s an adults only all inclusive hotel and it’s pretty much all couples

But I’m loving it and I can be whoever I want to be

….

The tips I’ve learnt being abroad by myself are:

1. Don’t care what others think, you will never see them again

2. Do what you want to do and plan it out if you are scared or nervous

3. Call someone back at home at least once a day or talk to people around you. It can get lonely by yourself

4. Take things to keep yourself busy – books, puzzle books, favourite hobbies

5. Be yourself and be free. It’s a wonderful feeling!

6. Your pain won’t vanish so don’t think it’s some miracle cure, but it will ease as your stress reduces and you feel completely relaxed

7. Make sure someone at home knows where you are at all times

8. Just enjoy yourself, you’re on holiday!!!!

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5 thoughts on “My First Solo Holiday with Fibromyalgia”

  1. I think a solo holiday when you’re well is empowering, but when you’re not it’s more of a challenge and simply deciding to go is a huge step, so that fact that you’re doing it is something to be proud of! I’ve felt stuck in my comfort zone for a while so I can appreciate the huge nature of doing anything outside of it, let alone a venturing away. I’m sorry I’m late in catching up on reading blogs – I wanted to wish you a lovely rest of your holiday! I hope you could/can make the most of it, because it’s so very much deserved. xx

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    1. Thank you so much! I’ve just returned and although I wasn’t very well a couple of days, I really managed to relax and enjoy myself despite it. I could do everything in my own time and stay in the room if I wanted without letting anyone down or feeling guilty. The only worry was that when I wasn’t well I didn’t have anyone I knew to look after me. However I made reception aware and had a room near there just in case I needed anything and they were absolutely amazing! Xx

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  2. I just found your blog through Fibro Bloggers. I loved this post. I traveled to places by myself which was super difficult (not only physically but also mentally) but met with people at my destination. So I can imagine what a huge step it must be to go on a solo holiday. I think doing things alone really helps you to grow and find yourself. You should be proud of yourself. This is a goal I want to achieve some day. Also the fact you’re a Disney fan too makes me love your blog even more. 😉

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    1. Thank you so much! It means the world to me. I’ll do a post about Disney once I’ve been to Disney World next year and how I cope (I don’t even know how im going to survive but it’s Disney so I’ll find a way!) It’s so nice to hear others who feel the same.

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