Travel Blogger Sarah Kim Says Fibromyalgia Impressed Her To Weblog

Women are more likely than men to have their symptoms dismissed or downplayed by medical professionals. Often times, when they are diagnosed, they face stigma and judgment. With this in mind, WH has developed the “Owning It” package, which sheds light on various women with complicated and often difficult-to-diagnose conditions who have decided to work for their health. We hope that their stories will help women everywhere stand up for themselves and receive the care and attention they deserve.

In my early twenties I was a CPA in New York. I really hated my job and I just kept walking, walking, walking.

Then, in December 2012, I felt a stinging sensation that reached from my lower back to my left foot. The nerve pain spread all over my body, even my face, and I developed chronic muscle tension, cystic acne, and poor digestive problems.

I went through a lot of tests and everything was ruled out: arthritis, diabetes, heavy metal poisoning. It took a few years for a doctor to even mention fibromyalgia. People who have it have often taken similar routes to get tested for other conditions and then shared that they have fibromyalgia unless otherwise positive.

I was in so much pain and irritable and overworked. I thought: this is the time to move around and try something new. My current husband and I were engaged at the time and I asked him to relocate his company. But when they moved us to Amsterdam in 2015, I was on the couch 8 to 10 hours a day and was financially and physically dependent solely on my husband. My hands hurt so much that I couldn’t do the dishes. I left the door open when I took a bath in case I had to call him so I could climb out of the tub.

I had to figure out what to do from the couch. So I started blogging and that’s how my travel blog Lust ‘Till Dawn came to life. Now I wake up and look forward to work. When I’m not feeling good but need to take pictures for a client, I urge myself to get out there and do it. Without the blog, I wouldn’t know I could, but I am.

I’ve also gone through a lot of therapies over the past four years and this year I’ve finally found a group of doctors who are doing well for me. I can see the difference: when I went to Lisbon in 2016 I took a ton of Ubers. I can walk now.

This article originally appeared in the March 2020 issue of Women’s Health.

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