Two decades ago, Wendy Aitken was told by her doctor that she suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, which causes pain and tenderness in one’s joints and body parts.
Since husband Larry was in the military, the couple and their two children grew accustomed to moving from posting to posting, town to town, every two or three years.
“I would get a new MD, and they were perfectly happy with that diagnosis (of fibromyalgia),” Aitken, 52, recalled.
“We landed back in Kingston in 2004, and everything had escalated. I wasn’t able to work at all, I wasn’t able to cook, I wasn’t able to get out of bed for many, many days. And, if I did go out, I would have severe panic attacks where I couldn’t even put money in the parking meter.”
The move back to Kingston, and the stress that goes along with that move, saw her pain grow more acute.