Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain LIFE Spring 2015, Issue 11 - Page 14

WHY DOES MOMMY HURT? Living with chronic pain is hard enough, but how do you explain it to your kids? by ELIZABETH CHRISTY Two years ago, a young mother had a problem. Her son was beginning to ask questions like “why does mommy hurt?” and she didn’t have the tools to explain her illness to her two-year old… and neither did the library...or Amazon.com... or, apparently, anyone else! She was shocked and disappointed to find nothing on the market written for the children of people suffering from fibromyalgia, an “ invisible illness” and the most common health problem in the world today. So, she decided to write one herself! Chronic pain affects almost 50% of adults in the Unites States according to Gallup Healthways. The children of people with invisible