This holiday season, I would like to share a list of things that those of us with fibromyalgia would appreciate being given for Christmas. These are items that truly would make our lives easier and a bit more fun.
General items or services
Pajamas: Anything soft and tagless. Something that looks less like pj’s and more like loungewear. Amazon has some great choices. I know a lot of us women live in our pj’s, so it’s super-important that they be soft and comfortable.
Massage: Give a gift card for a massage, preferably with massage therapist who is familiar with fibromyalgia. Getting out all those knots, being able to just relax, and allowing someone to relieve some of our pain is priceless. Check out the places in your area.
Gift cards: The list of the kinds of gift cards you can give probably is endless — pharmacies, restaurants, hair or nail salons, gas stations, bookstores, grocery stores, and more. It helps us not only to save money, but also allows us to do something fun that our budget otherwise would not allow.
Time: It’s such a precious gift to give. Perhaps you could help with cleaning, driving to an appointment, driving to the grocery store, and helping put away the groceries. Be a mama’s helper, offer to babysit for free, or bring a movie and popcorn to enjoy together. I understand that giving time costs you, but the dividends are priceless.
Physical help: Offer to mow the lawn, rake the leaves, shovel the snow, clean the bathrooms, carry Christmas decorations from the attic, or pack for those who are moving. When you are healthy, these things are no big deal. But for those of us struggling with chronic illnesses such as FM, these are mountains that we just can’t climb.