About Fibrant Living

Fibrant Liv­ing is intend­ed to help peo­ple with fibromyal­gia or oth­er chron­ic ill­ness­es who want to live a vibrant, joy­ful life despite their diag­noses to find reli­able resources and advice from health pro­fes­sion­als and oth­ers in sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances. While health pro­fes­sion­als may find some of the infor­ma­tion here of inter­est in terms of relat­ing to their patients, patients are the intend­ed audi­ence.

Fibrant Liv­ing, as a site and a pod­cast, came about because many things hap­pened. I (Cyn­thia) and my daugh­ter (Katie) both have expe­ri­ence with chron­ic ill­ness­es. I was able to be part of a won­der­ful study Stan­ford University’s School of Med­i­cine did on Health­i­er Liv­ing with Arthri­tis and Fibromyal­gia in March through May 2006. I moved too far away from the only active local sup­port group I’ve found to attend their meet­ings at the end of 2005. I hadn’t been able to get any new episodes of the oth­er two pod­casts I’ve found about fibromyal­gia (which have dif­fer­ent focus­es than this one) for some weeks. Sam had vol­un­teered to pro­duce the pod­cast for me, which was a major gift and got me past my tech­ni­cal fears.

I read some­thing near­ly every day that I want to share with oth­ers who have FMS, but that would bore most of the read­ers of my nor­mal Live­Jour­nal or blog. Many peo­ple with FMS don’t have a lot of ener­gy for read­ing, but could man­age to lis­ten to a brief pod­cast. So I decid­ed to do both: a blog with brief entries about the news items I find; and a brief week­ly pod­cast to share cop­ing tech­niques.

Noth­ing here is intend­ed to be med­ical advice. If quot­ing med­ical pro­fes­sion­als, I will clear­ly cite my sources so that you may check them. I have no med­ical train­ing and do not claim to be a health pro­fes­sion­al of any sort. Please do not sub­sti­tute any­thing you read or hear on Fibrant Liv­ing for con­sul­ta­tion with your physi­cian or oth­er health pro­fes­sion­als. I do, how­ev­er, encour­age you to take the infor­ma­tion you find hear to them for dis­cus­sion, and use the first-hand accounts to com­ple­ment their advice. I have applied for HON cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and will always endeav­or to abide by the HON­code.

2 Responses

  1. Annie Masters - August 28, 2011

    With havin so much con­tent do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copy­right vio­la­tion? My site has a lot of exclu­sive con­tent I’ve either authored myself or out­sourced but it seems a lot of it is pop­ping it up all over the inter­net with­out my autho­riza­tion. Do you know any ways to help stop con­tent from being ripped off? I’d def­i­nite­ly appre­ci­ate it.

  2. cyn - September 4, 2011

    There are var­i­ous Word­Press plug-ins and ser­vices so on that are sup­posed to help you track peo­ple who copy your con­tent, but the best of the ser­vices charge mon­ey. I used to do peri­od­ic search­es and would always find my arti­cles scraped and repro­duced on oth­er sites. I just don’t have the time or ener­gy to keep up with it any more.

    There’s no fail­proof way to stop the pla­gia­rists, but you can at least con­tact the host­ing serv­er with a DMCA take­down notice after you find the pla­gia­rized con­tent.

    I’m sor­ry I don’t have a bet­ter answer. Pla­gia­rism is a major prob­lem for all con­tent pro­duc­ers, so you may find a bet­ter answer in a pro­fes­sion­al blogger’s forum. Good luck!

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