Fibromyalgia, The Way I See It: A 12 Year Old’s Perspective.


Hello, my name is Emmalyn; I am 12 years old and in the sixth grade. My best friend Mallory has Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue. I don’t have either, but she wanted me to write a blog about my perspective as her friend and supporter.

Knowing someone who has Fibromyalgia has its ups and downs. The ups are getting to understand what she has to deal with.  I also get to act like a nurse and take care of her. The downs are knowing the pain she goes through every single day and knowing that it’s so bad sometimes that she has to go to the ER because of the pain.  We all wish that we could take the pain away, but we can’t.

IMG_3426One time Mallory had such a bad headache that we had to go to the ER. Just seeing her lying in the ER bed just broke her mom’s and my hearts. Knowing that she goes through all the pain makes me feel like I know a true warrior.

She has had this illness for three and a half years, and if she’s not a warrior, I don’t know who is.

I’m so proud of her. I wish I could understand what she goes through. Her pain is up and down, normally low, at least when I’m with her. I’ve also seen her at her worst, like when she has to use a wheelchair.

I’m pretty sure I’m better at pushing her in a wheelchair than her mom!!


So, let’s talk about how I see Fibromyalgia. It can be stressful, I won’t lie. When she has to go in for testing you never know what the outcome will be, but Mallory normally isn’t nervous. It’s really hard to explain my perspective and how I see it. Fibromyalgia is an invisible illness, and knowing someone with it has given me a new perspective on illnesses. I never  knew that there were invisible illnesses, and I know this sounds bad, but I’m glad she has Fibromyalgia because it’s really taught me a lot.


Author: Mallory Shamim

33 year old. Adoptee. Animal lover. Fibromyalgia Warrior.

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