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IMAGE Middletown Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Wife's Murder
Thursday, 26 February 2015
FREEHOLD, NJ  The Middletown husband convicted in December of the murder of his wife who was found dead on the kitchen floor of their West Front Street home was sentenced today to 30 years without parole in state prison, announced Acting... Read More...
Freeholders Authorize Full-Funding for New Park in Aberdeen
Thursday, 26 February 2015
Continue to query Port Authority on removal of support ABERDEEN, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders authorized the full funding of a new County regional park in Aberdeen and Marlboro this afternoon. “Time is of the essence in... Read More...
IMAGE Radiance Chamber Ensemble at Middletown Township Public Library March 29
Thursday, 26 February 2015
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Middletown Township Public Library located at 55 New Monmouth Road is proud to present Radiance Chamber Ensemble in a classical concert on Sunday March 29 beginning at 3:00 pm. Radiance Chamber Ensemble began in 2011, when violinist... Read More...
County Historical Commission Seeks Nominations for Historic Buildings
Thursday, 26 February 2015
Is there a historic structure in your neighborhood? County Historical Commission looking to recognize important buildings FREEHOLD, NJ –The Monmouth County Historical Commission is now accepting nominations for its annual preservation awards... Read More...
IMAGE Red Bank Police Report - February 26, 2015
Thursday, 26 February 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. February 19, 2015 – February 26, 2015 ARRESTS: A 17 year old... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Cold Temperatures Create a Frozen Estuary
by Joe Reynolds
Monday, 23 February 2015
It was nothing safe to walk on, but much Sandy Hook Bay and Raritan Bay was locked up in ice this weekend. Several weeks of teeth-chattering,... Read More...
IMAGE My Oscar Picks for 2015
by David Prown
Sunday, 22 February 2015
I'm pretty sure I've never watched the Oscar ceremony nor really had any interest. However, I bet it is a heck of a show and my loss for never... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Foxcatcher
by David Prown
Sunday, 22 February 2015
I have been waiting awhile for Foxcatcher to come to the area. The previews looked intense and engaging. I was somewhat familiar with this story and... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Kingsman - The Secret Service
by David Prown
Saturday, 21 February 2015
Take James Bond but instead of a 1 man show imagine Batman and his sidekick Robin.  "Kingsman - The Secret Service", stars Colin Firth as the... Read More...
IMAGE Rooting for the Yankees
by Woody Zimmerman
Friday, 20 February 2015
When I was growing up in the small city of Allentown, PA – about 50 miles north of Philadelphia – I and most of my buddies followed and rooted... 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.]