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Teachers with Fibromyalgia

Mar 20, 2017 6:40 PM

I'm a university student who was just diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I'm studying to be a middle grades teacher and will be graduating in the fall. I'm now worried about how my condition will affect me in my student teaching semester and onwards. Are there any teachers who deal with chronic pain? How do you manage?

Mar 20, 2017 6:48 PM

I'm studying to do Special Education and I really want to get a position in transition-to-work. I've realized that I cannot be in a self-contained classroom. If I were you, I would explore virtual education as an option. I have really explored the option for myself.

Mar 20, 2017 6:53 PM

I really want to be able to do face to face teaching with students. I've thought about trying a position where I don't have my own classroom but am a specialist or interventionist for math or science.

Mar 20, 2017 6:55 PM

One-on-one is awesome! Have you looked at endorsements or being an intervention specialist?

Mar 20, 2017 11:10 PM

I haven't really looked too much into it. Right now I'm just focused on making it to graduation

Mar 21, 2017 12:29 AM

I work as a drama specialist for autistic children. It is hard but I work with a supportive team and I love my job. Fibromyalgia steals a lot from us but I made a choice based upon loving my job. It all depends how much you want it and how hard you are willing to fight your own body to get it. Good luck and I hope you find a way to achieve your goals. Xx

Mar 21, 2017 12:12 PM

See, I don't want to work with EBD. They're the ones that tear it up. I want to work with Autism and MR/DD.

Mar 21, 2017 2:43 PM

Conditions are all different and vary at different levels. I've been working with sarcoidosis for 4 years as teaching assistant very full on . I've had to literally drag my ass out of bed take over an hour some days to get dressed to get to work and fight all day to do what I love doing and then my home life and social life has had to make major adjustments for that. But when I've had a good spell it's been great. Teaching is pretty full on over here in UK it's 60+ hours a week and then you have all the assessments and pupil progress etc etc. You got to ask yourself would you be able to cope with such a work load ? On flip side follow your dream and go for it, kick fibromyalgia ass. Do what's right for you. Hope that helped

Mar 23, 2017 10:46 PM

I was diagnosed before my last semester of college, too. I planned on being an art teacher, but it just doesn't seem possible anymore.

Mar 24, 2017 10:11 AM

Work as a preschool teacher and was diagnosed 6 years ago its hard but i love my work ans have supporting coworkers that do all they can for me and i push myself.
I work with def, hearingimpared and special needs children so ita a tough but rewarding job, its my life :)

Mar 25, 2017 8:40 PM

@amccallister: (telling you our conditions will hopefully help you to see our adversities and help you to make an educated decision best for you)
I had part of my lung removed in my sophmore year of college and then was diagnoised with fibromyalgia (1987) then a year later, migraines
(I'm naturally spacey without the fibrofog, and disconnect with migraines)
I didn't let anyone know of my conditions as I was afraid of being stigmatized. The rewards of my students were the proverbial "shot in the arm" I needed. I have many uears of fond memories of many student succeses...The one thing I learned, wear sneakers to class and your LOW heels in classroom! I became known for my silly socks with my sneakers because I "forgot" my dress shoes "giggles" I still have those gifted socks now I'm rerired! All my best darlin'

Mar 25, 2017 8:43 PM

(Please forgive typos--I'm on a pseudo Iphone)

Mar 25, 2017 8:48 PM

@taylorjo, I'm sorry you are thinking you can't see the fulfillment of being a teacher...especially an Art Teacher...do you mind sharing why you are thinking it's not possible?

Mar 26, 2017 1:14 AM

I have lupus and fibromyalgia and taught middle school English language arts for 15 years. It became impossible for me to continue teaching in 2014 at 41. It was so absolutely hard to deal with WANTING to teach but not being able to anymore. I tried to work in different areas of teaching but in the end because of my illness and people's ignorance and discrimination I had to retire. Of course, every person is different, but in the end, I did what was right for myself and my family. I miss it and I miss having a purpose but I feel less stress and I focus on taking care of myself.

Mar 26, 2017 2:41 AM

@ClaudiaHdz, I know all to well the angst you went through not wanting to leave but your body not letting you. While I don't know how you made it through the day with the pain. (I felt so betrayed by my body!) However darlin, you DID it!
@AggieMegan, you're just beiginning both, your career and your diaease. We had days we had to drag our arses out of bed,
Fight through the day and our pain...and you see too, we had to leave and that was a whole different type of pain!
But only you can decide in the end..you have us for support, you're young and vivacious, and "Oh The Places You Will GO"
(Dr. Seuss)

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