Thursday, October 12, 2017

My Journey Through Fibromyalgia - A Book Review

For twenty-five years, Nancy Alexander battled a mysterious illness without a diagnosis. Despite spells of total debilitation and hospitalizations with no answers, she managed to fight through and raise two sons and create a successful business. Like many marriages where chronic illnesses are at the forefront, Nancy’s suffered. This is her story of fighting the medical system to receive a diagnosis and to not only save her marriage to Steve but restore it to a place of joy. Years of rumors from doctors and friends, the ravages on her body from disease, and the rescue in the form of a doctor and nutritionist culminated into a place of wellness that Nancy now shares with her readers. Though she didn’t always know it during her journey, God’s hand guided and protected her and Steve. Nancy’s story will uplift and encourage those with chronic illness that answers are worth fighting for, and God’s strength is sufficient on even the worse days.

Although this is a book review, I have the unique perspective of having helped Nancy write her book. I didn’t know anything about Nancy, owner of Ladybug Wreaths, until I sat down to chat with her about her life six years ago. I soon learned she’s a successful entrepreneur, master wreath-maker, and fibromyalgia champion.

You don’t typically associate the word champion with fibromyalgia, but it didn’t take me long to realize that’s what Nancy is. Her heart for others, like the women suffering from chronic illness who’ve emailed her over the years, is what drove her to finally share her personal and painful story. Her story is one of perseverance and hope.

This book will encourage the reader to take charge of their health and press for answers, even when doctors may not be giving them much hope. Her message that you can overcome even the toughest adversity with God’s help is one that will inspire readers, no matter what trial they’re walking through.

"My Journey Through Fibromyalgia: Rumors, Ravages & The Rescue" is available on Amazon.

Follow Nancy:
Twitter: @LadyBugWreaths

Laura Hodges Poole is the author of four books and has contributed to several others, all available on Amazon. Her passion is encouraging others in their Christian walk through her blog, "A Word of Encouragement." When she’s not writing, you might find her hiking, playing the piano, or being crafty. A mother of two, Laura lives in South Carolina with her husband and son.


  1. Thank you for featuring Nancy Alexander and her book on STT. What a blessing her book will be to many who suffers with fibromyalgia or other chronic illness. I'll be sharing this book information with friends, who are dealing with fibromyalgia and other chronic illnesses.

    1. You're welcome. I hope Nancy's book will bless your friends. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. Thank you! I have suffered with fibromyalgia since I was 19. It had no name until 1991, that's 41 years of my life given to a disease no one believed existed for most of it. I thank God for a husband who overcame his frustrations to accept and love me as I am, and stuck with me through the most difficult times. This book will bless many!

  3. My mother was never diagnosed with fibromyalgia but I always suspect that her she suffered from this dreadful disease. Thanks for sharing your review.

  4. What a book! It will help so many. Thank you for sharing.