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Hi! I’m Melissa and I’m in the middle of a busy life with chronic illness.

Reforming and recovering push-through modeler turned self-care modeler. I passionately believe in self-care (or whatever word you prefer to use for it) that fits into our life and goals. Combining symptom management with self-care where possible.

Creator of the 10 Minute Toolkit and The Foundations of Yoga for Chronic Pain and Fatigue, author of three books including Fibromyalgia Won’t Win and Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia, and many journals and worksheets. Melissavsfibromyalgia.com holds many free trainings and over 300 articles. All to help you put self-care and symptom management first.

I have experienced chronic pain since I was a teenager, chronic fatigue syndrome since I was 21 and chronic insomnia from somewhere in between. In 2023 I was finally diagnosed with (and had excised) endometriosis. 

I’ve taken myself from moderate to mild on the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire Rating Scale using everything I share about in these resources. 

My four children are the lights of my life. I have been blessed with four boys under 10 years old! So my context heavily involves managing parenting on top of life and chronic illness. 

I’m so glad you’ve found these resources and I hope they help you.


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  1. Hi Melissa! I just saw that you are following my ‘lovingmylumbar’ blog – thank you! This was a blog I started while I was going through my yoga teacher training (finishing up in time before my bub came into the world 2 years ago!). Since you signed up to this blog, I thought you might be interested in my my most recent blog https://nikkiveliz.wordpress.com/. I’m keeping my lovingmylumbar as a reminder to myself about my time going through an amazing part of my life 🙂

    1. Thanks Nikki! All signed up to the new one. I love that you are a yoga/meditation teacher and you aren’t extraordinarily bendy (lovely way to put it lol) as I would like to train as a yoga teacher one day! 🙂

      1. Hi Melissa – are you in NZ? I think I remember reading that you were….Juliet Forch (NZ yoga teacher) is the reason I started yoga teacher training! She said we needed more inflexible teachers so if and when you would like to train, go check her out 🙂

  2. I just looked her up, she’s within an hour from me! 🙂

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