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The Girl With The Five Lads is a Fibromyalgia blog Est 2015. It all started as my own personal therapy to jot down my thoughts as I felt so alone with this illness, the writing was very cathartic for me. Over time other women started to message me saying my words resonated with them and gave comfort to read.


Years on and I am astounded and humbled to be reaching 20,000k women worldwide so if you found me it is possible you either have Fibromyalgia, you are a woman or a mum like me so already we have something in common. Massive hugs and love to you....


Life really can make you lose sight of the wonderful things, the small moments. It is so easy to lose your smile especially when you are diagnosed with Fibromyalgia so hopefully, I can show you that life can be magical, you just need to find your balance.


I am a curvy forty-six years old excitable female with my head in the clouds. (Daydreaming or Fibro Fog) My earth mamma, hippie ways keep me smiling on the painful days. Also, it helps to be a qualified Holistic Therapist and someone who tries to maintain Buddhist beliefs as this helps my inner calm. I try my best to love life and create a positive, happy existence no matter what the day brings.


I was raised in Liverpool, North West England.


My family consists of five amazing sons ages 23, 21, 19, 14 and 12, a beautiful black Labrador called Seamus, a grumpy Shih Tzu called Maggie and a baby Tortoise called Tommy Shelby... and me Mum.


I am a writer for The Mighty which is an amazing publication for the disabled, disease, chronic illness and mental health community.



But enough about me... I am just delighted we found each other and hopefully, you will read some of my words and think, me too!



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