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Veterans Affairs Committee Brings Vet Center Services to Middletown
Friday, 11 July 2014
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The Mobile Vet Center (MVC) of Lakewood, NJ offers weekly counseling and outreach services in Middletown Township. VFW Post 2179... Read More...
IMAGE 129 Recruits Graduate from 22nd Annual Sheriff Youth Week
Friday, 11 July 2014
NEPTUNE, NJ -  Sheriff Shaun Golden proudly handed certificates to the 129 recruits who graduated from the 22nd annual Sheriff Youth Week.... Read More...
IMAGE FilmOneFest: Not Just Movies
Thursday, 10 July 2014
photo: Freedom Pottery at FilmOneFest 2013 ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The flourishing arts scene in Atlantic Highlands is evident at FilmOneFest... Read More...
IMAGE Shore Paddle Scheduled for Sunday, July 13
Thursday, 10 July 2014
Paddleboard Race and Fun Paddle to Benefit Clean Ocean Action and Surfers’ Environmental Alliance WHAT:  A paddleboard event to benefit Clean... Read More...
IMAGE Free Historical Augmented Reality Tour of the Asbury Park Boardwalk
Thursday, 10 July 2014
ASBURY PARK, NJ - The Asbury Park Boardwalk has been experiencing an upswing recently. The restaurant, entertainment, and tourism industries have all... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE For the Children
by Woody Zimmerman
Thursday, 10 July 2014
When I was raising my own children, I could always be had by a bedtime plea of “Dad, I’m hungry…” A ritual bowl of cereal and some... Read More...
IMAGE Book Review: Love and Treasure
by Lindsey Stefan
Thursday, 10 July 2014
Jack Wiseman is an elderly man who has only one regret in life. He asks his granddaughter Natalie to take a necklace that he has been keeping for... Read More...
IMAGE A See-Through Fish Swims in Local Waters
by Joe Reynolds
Thursday, 10 July 2014
So far this summer, the seining has been pretty good around local waters in Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay. Along with the usual suspects, such as... Read More...
IMAGE When Did I Become Danny Dorn
by Daniel Murphy
Monday, 07 July 2014
For those of you who have grown up in Red Bank and are over 20 you will remember Dorn’s Photo Shop.  Born in 1910 Danny Dorn Sr. became a... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Chef
by David Prown
Saturday, 05 July 2014
The movie "Chef" has been out for several weeks. All I knew was that it starred "Jon Favreau" who I clearly remember from the awesome guys comedy... 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."

Contact: danieljvance.com [Blue Valley Sod and Palmer Bus Service make this column possible.]