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Monday, 30 March 2015
WE ARE BACK!   ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS - The Atlantic Highlands Herald, the nation's first online newspaper, was knocked offline last week, the victim of a Distributed Denial of Service attack.  A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is... Read More...
IMAGE Celtic Tribute 5K Benefit Run to be Held in Memory of Fallen Officers
Monday, 30 March 2015
Long Branch, NJ - On Saturday, April 4, 2015 the Jersey Shore Running Club is proud to bring back and host the 24th running of our Spring 5K run, the Celtic Tribute 5K, on the Long Branch promenade, boardwalk, and great lawn, overlooking the scenic... Read More...
IMAGE Red Bank Police Report - March 30, 2015
Monday, 30 March 2015
Red Bank, NJ - The following police report is provided by the Red Bank Police Department.  All subjects are presumed innocent; unless, and until, proven guilty in a court of law. March 19, 2015 – March 26, 2015 CRIMES: Theft occurring at... Read More...
IMAGE Honoring The Lasting Legacy of Lieutenant Dennis W. Zilinski II
Monday, 30 March 2015
PHOTO: Lieutenant Dennis W. Zilinski II Scholarship Memorial Dinner Dance on May 16 Will Fund Youth Scholarships, Honor Veterans & Preserve Loving Memories Of Fallen Hero MIDDLETOWN, NJ - For the members of Middletown Reformed Church, it... Read More...
MCSPCA Celebrates 21 Years Of Paws Walking For A Cause!
Monday, 30 March 2015
The MONMOUTH COUNTY SPCA ANNOUNCES 21st Annual Spring Dog Walk & Pet Fair Saturday, April 25, 2015 Eatontown, NJ - The Monmouth County SPCA announced today that the 21st annual Spring Dog Walk & Pet Fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 25,... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Making Homes for Fish Hawks
by Joe Reynolds
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Like an old fashioned barn raising, about 15 volunteers  with the Bayshore Regional Watershed Council came together on a clear but chilly Sunday... Read More...
IMAGE Of Food Trucks, Boardwalks, and New Development
by Dennis
Monday, 30 March 2015
Summer is just around the corner, and for those who live at the Jersey Shore, that means two things are guaranteed: the mass influx of tourists is... Read More...
IMAGE Clinton's Delusional Defense of Email
by Jack Archibald
Saturday, 21 March 2015
Last week, former Secretary of State and prospective Democrat President nominee Hillary Clinton channeled her inner H.L. Mencken.  By... Read More...
IMAGE Review - McFarland USA
by David Prown
Wednesday, 18 March 2015
It is common knowledge that I'm a big fan of true sports movies regarding stories that are under the radar and rarely been told. So when I started... Read More...
IMAGE Musings from a Migraneur
by Anne Mikolay
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
I've suffered from migraines for so many years, by now I ought to understand how they work. I don't. In fact, though one might consider me the... Read More...

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danvance_120"People look at you sometimes like you're crazy," said 40-year-old Mara Mittelman of Carney's Point, New Jersey, in a telephone interview. "But I've always been honest about having fibromyalgia. I just want people to know that (people with it) aren't crazy and it's a real condition."

A National Institutes of Health website defines fibromyalgia as a "common and chronic disorder" involving widespread soft tissue pain and tenderness. It can also cause fatigue, cognitive and memory problems, headaches, and sensitivity to noise, lights, and temperature. People with fibromyalgia often are accused of making up symptoms or told their symptoms are in their head. But the condition is real and in some people meets the criteria for a disability. It affects five million Americans over 18, mostly women.

Said Mittelman, "In 1998, I was a medical assistant and my shoulders were killing me. I was constantly having to lie down at lunch to relax my back. I couldn't figure out why everything hurt all the time. I saw a neurosurgeon because of the pain, and he said four of my vertebrae were compressing, and two were dangerous. I ended up having a cervical fusion."

Months later, she was regressing in terms of pain, but this time of a different type. At age 25, she no longer had any energy and her entire body hurt. In August 1998, a doctor diagnosed fibromyalgia. Her symptoms would improve slightly over time to where in 2008 she was able to complete her associate's degree.

Even so, fibromyalgia still affects her. "For example, I worked in the garden the other day and am still in pain. When choosing an activity, I have to consider I might be in pain (for days). So I have to ask myself whether doing an activity is worth it."

Mittelman now works as a part-time apartment complex leasing agent. She can't return to her job as a medical assistant because the stress experienced there triggers severe fibromyalgia-related flareups even while taking medication. To cope with flareups, which can last a week, she prays, talks herself through tough stretches, reads, and crochets.

She said, "If somebody told me they had a cure for fibromyalgia, I would be first in line. By the same token, because of it I am the person I am today. It has made me stronger because I have had to fight through it."

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