by Amy Tjaden News Editor

Homeschooling is already a challenging task. What happens when a homeschooling parent suffers a chronic disease?

Fibromyalgia is a condition in which the sufferer experiences pain, stiffness and tenderness of the muscles and joints. In addition to that they might experience fatigue, anxiety, restless sleep as well as a variety of other symptoms.

Fibromyalgia is the most common disease to affect the muscles. It generally affects women between the ages of 35-55 but, in rare cases, can affect men and children. The cause of fibromyalgia is a mystery.

Beverly Nash has been a homeschooling mom for 7 years. She has suffered a variety of symptoms for 8 years but it was only recently that she was given the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. She immediately joined support groups.

She was grateful to have found support groups but felt she was unable to connect because no one could relate to her day to day experiences as a homeschooling mom suffering from fibromyalgia. No one could understand the motivation required to get through a day of teaching when her entire body is in pain or the guilt behind having to skip a day of schoolwork.

Beverly decided to form her own support group, specifically tailored to homeschooling moms who suffer from fibromyalgia. Her reason behind the group is to simply provide support and encouragement to moms who might be having a hard day with homeschooling due to their fibromyalgia.

Beverly says that while the main focus of the group is homeschooling and fibromyalgia, she encourages members to chat about every day topics as well. When asked what her hope for the group is, Beverly said, “I want people to feel that they are supported, understood, and cared about by fellow group members. I also want people to feel acknowledged. I think that most people that” have fibromyalgia have people in their lives that either do not acknowledge their pain or simply do not believe the syndrome even exists. I feel that between our connection as mothers, homeschoolers, and fibromyalgia sufferers, we” can” create an understanding,” compassionate, and supportive group.”

Homeschooling Moms with Fibromyalgia is a Yahoo! group and all are welcome to join. It is a private group that requires approval to join in an effort to keep email addresses private and to prevent spam.

If you are a homeschooling parent that faces hurdles for whatever reason, we’d like to share your story. Please email us at [email protected]

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