Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain LIFE Spring 2015, Issue 11 - Page 15

Parenting ill caregivers as desperate as she was to find a child-friendly way to explain their illnesses. The process of writing and publishing a book, while keeping up with a job, family, and living with chronic pain at the same time is…not easy. But she was determined to see it in print and in the hands of families who are raising young children while dealing with an “invisible illness.” Elizabeth wanted to do something to help her son understand and assure him that her pain wasn’t because of something he did. From this desire, the idea for “Why Does Mommy Hurt?” was born. When she wrote the book, it was only intended for her own son. However, she couldn’t stop thinking of the millions of other sons and daughters in the same situation, with the same feelings of confusion, frustration and guilt...and the millions of chronically Why Does Mommy Hurt? Helping Children Cope with having a Parent or Caregiver with Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, or Autoimmune Disease is selfpublished through Outskirts Press and is available in both paperback ($9.95) and eBook ($3.95) versions on Amazon.com and parentswithpain.com. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA). Elizabeth M. Christy, author of many freelance and online publications, writes a blog for parents with chronic pain and disease: potomacfallsmama.blogspot.com. She also runs the nonprofit “Books and Bottles,” supporting needy children and infants. Elizabeth suffers from autoimmune disease and FM, and lives in Sterling, VA with her growing family. BlogTalk Radio Interview with Elizabeth Christy by Jan Chambers, NFMCPA President NFMCPA: How open are you with friends and family about your illness and symptoms? EC: I am very open. Originally, I was embarrassed, especially after so many of my own family members didn’t believe that I was actually sick. But now, I consider myself to be an advocate for invisible illness. I blog regularly about my personal struggles with the disease, and one of my biggest goals is to give other patients HOPE, and community. NFMCPA: Do you blog about your illness? If so, what inspired you to do so? EC: I started a blog about a year ago, but I didn’t plan on blogging about my illness. However, that changed one day when I realized that fibromyalgia was very real, and that is was not my fault. It seems crazy, but it took me several years to not feel shame at the diagnosis. I wrote a piece called “The Invisible Afflication,” that ended up being published in a Northern Virginia magazine, as well as shared on myinvisiblelife. net and the N F