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No Dunes or Beach Access Required for Monmouth County Beach Project
Saturday, 18 April 2015
TRENTON, NJ - The DEP and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will launch two major coastal construction projects Friday for Cape May and Monmouth counties. The Monmouth County project will make improvements coastal protection structures in the area of... Read More...
IMAGE GSP Interchange 109 Public Information Meeting on April 23
Saturday, 18 April 2015
April 23rd event will offer the public a chance to learn about proposed improvements at GSP Interchange 109 MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The New Jersey Turnpike Authority will host a Public Information Center in Middletown to present information about proposed... Read More...
4-H Clover Campaign set for April 22-May 3
Saturday, 18 April 2015
ALLENTOWN, NJ –Monmouth County 4-H is participating in the national spring 2015 4-H Paper Clover Campaign. Support the 4-H’ers by purchasing a clover at the Tractor Supply Company at 701 County Route 524. The spring 2015 4-H Paper Clover... Read More...
AAA Mid-Atlantic: Pump Prices Inch Up
Saturday, 18 April 2015
Cost of Crude Oil Hits 2015 High, Pushes Gas Prices Slightly Higher The Week The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has inched up in recent days, as global crude oil prices rebounded to a new 2015 high.  Friday’s average... Read More...
IMAGE New York Man Sentence to 7 Years in Theft of Mortgage Payments
Saturday, 18 April 2015
Staten Island Man Stole More Than $187,000 for Mortgage Payments FREEHOLD, NJ - A Staten Island man was sentenced Friday to seven years in a New Jersey state prison for stealing more than $187,000 from a pair of homeowners over a 33-month period,... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Review - While We're Young
by David Prown
Saturday, 18 April 2015
So I hadn't been to the movies in several weeks found a time slot and "While We're Young" filled the slot. I was not excited to see this Ben... Read More...
IMAGE Carolinian with Bipolar Disorder Had Success
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 18 April 2015
According to the National Institutes of Health, bipolar disorder (formerly manic-depressive illness) is a “brain disorder causing unusual shifts in... Read More...
IMAGE Return of the Brownshirts
by Woody Zimmerman
Friday, 17 April 2015
In the 1930s, gangs of brown-shirted street thugs smashed Jewish shop-windows, terrorized voters at the polls, and generally raised hell all across... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - April 17, 2015
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 17 April 2015
The second thing should do before starting a carjacking business is learn how to drive a stick: http://bit.ly/1H2BdkM What's worse than losing your... Read More...
IMAGE Concluding the Gospel Twice
by George Hancock-Stefan
Thursday, 16 April 2015
On the classical music radio station, they had a program called False Conclusions.  The host presented a number of works that seem to end and... 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.]