I think my husband and his family are starting to understand me and this illness better.... My father in law is an old-school physician, who doesn't know much about FMS -- but has been more and more willing to learn about it (mostly from me!)... The other night, he said that he really admired me for keeping going despite the pain --- he said that he knows that a lot of people with these levels of pain just "give up" -- and that he really admires the strength it takes to keep going/working/functioning, etc. It meant a lot to me to hear that! I thanked him for the compliment, but made sure to add that some people are a lot sicker and more disabled than I am, and that I think it is rare for anyone to "give up" if they have a choice, at all! It *does* take a lot of strength to function with this dd -- whatever functioning means....it takes a lot of strength just to keep going, keep waking up every morning....we all deserve credit for that, regardless the level of functioning/disability/etc. This morning, I had my husband poke around my back -- I overdid it badly the last couple of days, and have developed a couple of new sore spots/muscle lumps.. My husband said "they're not trigger points, sweetie -- they're character lumps!" I thought that was really cute!