Faces of Fibromyalgia I've Been Suffering from Fibromyalgia, by Rika Kino

Rika Kino, Japan

Dear Angelique,
Opening up about your experience with Fibromyalgia is very courageous and inspiring to many people. I really believe that your work brings hope to others and raises awareness. I think I should have known more. I should have asked the doctors earlier whether I had Fibromyalgia or other similar diseases, like ME/CFS.
I really do respect your opinion that educating ourselves is key and that patients with Fibromyalgia or other diseases should never give up hope, even when it’s hard. They must keep looking for treatments. In Japan, Fibromyalgia is not yet specified as an incurable disease from the Government and as a result, you don’t get much help from the health insurance. But after I read your blog, it really made me change my mind about things that I never knew about. Nobody can predict much about the future.
Your blog is eye opening and I believe that many, many people around the globe feel that too.