Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Pain Relief for a friend

I recently was chosen for participation in an opportunity to receive a sample of a product called Freeze It. I received it a couple of months ago, when I was so terribly busy coming and going with my big trip. I remember while I was gone, thinking, "I sure wish I had those samples with me, my knees are killing me!" Not to mention my shoulders from carrying my way too heavy luggage all around.

When I realized that in all my busyness that time had expired on my opportunity and I missed out on conducting a proper review of the product, I was so disappointed! I don't often suffer from aches and pains, certainly not chronic either, and of course I didn't want my samples to go unused. So the first person I thought of was my good friend Jen.

Jen is such a sweet hearted person who is always willing to offer a helping hand. She is a special friend and great example as a mother and wife who even does what she can as an At Home America home style specialist to add to her family's income. She takes care of her husband, her children, her house, her friends, her family and her business despite all she contends with physically. Some days are better than others or her. I have watched her suffer from the effects of Fibromyalgia for quite a few years now. For those of you who don't know, I will insert information on it provided by wikipedia:
Fibromyalgia is a chronic syndrome characterized by diffuse or specific muscle, joint, or bone pain, fatigue, and a wide range of other symptoms. It is not contagious, and recent studies suggest that people with fibromyalgia may be genetically predisposed. It affects more females than males, with a ratio of 9:1 by ACR (American College of Rheumatology) criteria. Fibromyalgia is seen in 3% to 6% of the general population. Recently there has been an increase in the number of diagnoses, which is assumed to be associated with better identification of the disorder. It is most commonly diagnosed in individuals between the ages of 20 and 50, though onset can occur in childhood. The disease is not life-threatening, though the degree of symptoms may vary greatly from day to day with periods of flares (severe worsening of symptoms) or remission. The syndrome is generally perceived as non-progressive, yet that issue is still debated. Fibromyalgia may actually be composed of several clinical entities, ranging from a mild, idiopathic inflammatory process in some individuals, to a somatoform disorder resulting from clinical depression in others, with probable overlaps in between. Current diagnostic criteria are insufficient to differentiate these entities.
It was hard for her to even get a proper diagnosis because a lot of people don't believe Fibromyalgia is even real! I must admit it took me a while to finally accept all it's wide range of issues too. So I offered my samples of the gel to her and she gladly accepted them! She has used this product in the past and her husband even told me how they both thought it was a better pain relief gel than others they have tried. One of the reasons being that 'the bedroom didn't smell like a men's locker room if she used it at bedtime!'

And according to the website, I can think of several obvious ways she would get relief from it's use. She often has hip joint pain from just sleeping, her shoulders and the back of her head muscles get tensed up and pull on her facial muscles sometimes and I've seen her rubbing pain relief gel types on her knees before!

I would really really like to win this contest, so I could pass my year's supply of Freeze It on to her! I literally can't think of another more deserving person to get it! With a 3 1/2 year old toddler and a 1 year old baby (both boys, too by the way!) to take care of every day, you are talking about one lady who would put all that pain relief gel to good use!

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