It is amazing to me how much my life has changed since my geriatrician suggested that I read a book by Dr. John Sarno! Yes, he is one smart doctor! He knows me well and understood what I needed, although his constant “prescription” advice for me is “The only thing that helps with fibromyalgia is exercise.” Okay. I’m exercising, but I’m not sure my good doc has actually read anything by Dr. Sarno as he certainly missed the point — sort of. I think I get what he means though. After caring for my husband for his seven year post stroke decline (the last six months of which he was bedbound) and staying home so that I could use every bit of my strength and energy caring for both of us, I’ve not had much exercise! As I understand Dr. Sarno, we need to do something we enjoy doing. So far, that’s walking my dogs and I’m doing that every day, usually twice a day. I’m totally convinced that these pervasive fibromyalgia symptoms, which I’ve had for at least 40 years, are TMS. To think how glad I was when they finally gave it a name and I could believe it was a “real” thing! At last I had a diagnosis that others could see as real! Life can have some strange twists and turns. This is not “brief” as suggested, but I’m almost finished.... About three years ago, I discovered Jon Kabat-Zinn and mindfulness and have been meditating and reading and listening to various mindfulness teachers. That has been a tremendous help. But I needed more! Since my doc mentioned Dr. Sarno, I’ve been studying everything I could get my hands on — all of Sarno, Schechter, Schubiner, Nancy Selfridge, Alan Gordon’s program, twice (read the old one too), posts, success stories, webinars and more posts. I’ve attended every Saturday chat since I found the TMSwiki and here I am starting another program! @BruceMC hosted that first chat and wisely told me that at a certain point you have to start DOING it. But I still didn’t understand what “it” was! Two days ago I woke up with a wonderful thought: “I get it! It’s all about fear! I just need to live my life fearlessly!” But my mind said, “Not so fast, naive Suky. I’m not done with you yet!” So, here I am making sure that I’m not missing some tool for my toolbox. So many of those of you who are living well with TMS say that we should do whatever works best for us. I guess I just want to be sure that there isn’t something else that I can do that works for me. But in the meantime, I am definitely better, freer and blossoming! If anyone is still with me, I thank you for reading all this. It feels good to have written it!