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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