In March 2019, Tami Stackelhouse, fibromyalgia coach, author, and founder of the International Fibromyalgia Coaching Institute, launched her first episode of The Fibromyalgia Podcast. During her show, Stackelhouse tackles subjects like fibromyalgia treatment, symptoms, self-care, natural therapies, and more. In this intriguing interview with Stackelhouse, Melissa Swanson explores the ideas behind the podcast. If you experience fibromyalgia pain, fatigue, sleep probelms, or other fibromyalgia symptoms, this podcast may offer you encouragement and hope.
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Who is Tami Stackelhouse, and what is your fibro story?
I’m a fibromyalgia patient myself. I was diagnosed over 10 years ago, in 2006. My fibromyalgia eventually got so bad that I ended up filing for social security disability in 2008. At the end of that year, my doctor introduced me to a health coach and everything changed. I started feeling better, having more energy, and less pain.
In 2009, I became a health coach myself because I wanted to pass along to other fibromyalgia patients the gift I’d been given. Today, I almost never have fibromyalgia pain and have enough energy to do the things I want to do.
What is a Podcast and how does it work?
Podcasts are basically just talk radio shows that you can listen to anytime, anywhere, on any device. People can listen through an app on their smartphone, or on The Fibromyalgia Podcast website from the comfort of their own home — maybe even in their pajamas!
Why do a Podcast?
This podcast was born because two things happened:
Over the last decade, as I’ve done interviews, taught classes, and spoken at events, people have always said I should do more, teach more, speak more. Dr. Ginevra Liptan, author of The FibroManual and medical director of The Frida Center for Fibromyalgia, has been telling me for about two years now that I specifically should do a podcast. I’ve always had a lot on my plate, so I always just smiled and laughed, and set the idea aside.
After a particularly insistent conversation with Dr. Liptan, I decided to see if anyone would actually be interested in listening to a podcast from me. I put a post out on my Facebook page asking if anyone would listen.
And, wow! The response was overwhelmingly, yes. I did a bit of research and found there was very little out there in terms of good quality educational podcasts on fibromyalgia. Most were patient stories, an audio diary of one patient’s journey, or a few episodes here and there from folks like the Mayo Clinic. But nothing 100% devoted to fibromyalgia education, featuring our top doctors, researchers, and advocates.
What will be different with your Podcast?
In this podcast, I’ll be interviewing our top doctors, researchers, experts, coaches, and patient advocates in the fibromyalgia community. I’ll be talking with experts like Dr. Ginevra Liptan on the current science and understanding of fibromyalgia.
Every 10 episodes, I’ll do a special “Ask the Coach” episode where I will answer questions sent in by listeners. The whole purpose of this podcast is to encourage hope and educate on ways you can improve your fibromyalgia symptoms.
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What can listeners learn?
I’ll also cover topics such as the role we have as patients in our own healthcare, why your body isn’t actually the enemy, what a fibromyalgia coach is and does, and how self-care isn’t really about the things you do.
What about those of us with fibro fog and aren’t always able to remember what we hear?
Since I know all about Fibro fog, I will have full show notes for each episode at FibromyalgiaPodcast.com, including any links and resources mentioned on the show, so you don’t have to worry about taking notes or trying to remember.
I also plan to post each episode on YouTube for those of you who prefer to watch instead of listen.
“Your world doesn’t have to revolve around your illness;
it can revolve around your healing.”
So, how do you hear the podcast?
If you have fibromyalgia, deal with chronic pain, and feel like a prisoner in your own body, be sure to subscribe on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen. Join Stackelhouse as she explores a variety of fibromyalgia treatments and solutions to help you create a life you love that supports you feeling your best.
You can go to FibromyalgiaPodcast.com to sign up to be notified when the podcasts goes live.
This article was first published on ProHealth.com on March 11, 2019 and was updated on July 10, 2019.
Melissa Swanson is a chronic pain patient, advocate, and author of Ravyn’s Doll: How to Explain Fibromyalgia to Your Child. Through her Facebook page, she offers positive encouragement, medical information, resources, and support to 20,000+ fibromyalgia and chronic pain patients. In addition to her own blog, Melissa has been published in “Living Well with Fibromyalgia” and the NFMCPA “Advocate Voice.” She also works with the International Support Fibromyalgia Network.
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