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Living With Fibromyalgia and Earning Money From Home

Living With Fibromyalgia and Earning Money From Home

A Guest Post On Living With Fibromyalgia

I am full-time self employed and have been fortunate enough to work for myself for the last few years. I work from home, full-time, and I have no boss to speak of. I don’t have to worry if I need a sick day and today I am going to share with you how this came about.

Back in 2009 I started to feel under the weather. My GP told me, time and time again, that I needed to make some lifestyle changes. I joined the gym, lost some weight and stopped smoking. Despite this I still felt unwell, worse than ever. Eventually I asked to see another GP within my practice who ran a number of tests.

In 2010 I was diagnosed with an auto immune disease, that affects the thyroid. Then in more recent years I have been diagnosed with arthritis, fibromyalgia and a few ‘lesser’ conditions. I was fortunate in that medication was able to treat my thyroid, along with radiation treatment.

In 2011 my husband and I made the decision that I would start working part-time. For the next 2 years I worked in a jewellers. I really enjoyed it, and liked the people I worked with, mostly. However, what I didn’t like was that I would have to call in sick every month or two and I started to feel like I was affecting the small team I worked with. Eventually I quit, quite suddenly, and decided to go it alone, working for myself online.

Knowing how hard it can be to obtain sickness benefits in this country now I decided not to apply. This made me more determined to make money myself and this motivation has pushed me through some difficult times. However, I do realise how hard it can be for people to survive without these benefits and I don’t judge anyone who needs to rely on them.

When I stopped working I worried about money, however my lovely husband helped with that. He volunteered to take care of our rent and bills, leaving me free to spend the money that I made on fun for us. Over the years I have bought us a car, paid for holidays and helped us build up savings and become debt free. I have been able to repay my husband’s generosity and in a couple of years we should be able to buy our own home for the first time thanks to our hard work.

Despite being ‘better’ in some respects I suffer from the typical fibromyalgia symptoms. I have days where I have no energy, need to sleep but can’t because of insomnia and generally just feel rubbish. By exercising, keeping stress levels low and eating well, mostly, I am able to keep myself in the best health possible. Because I work for myself I am able to have days off when I need them. If I am having a good day I can push through and make extra money or look for more opportunities. Typically I find that working from home works really well for me.

Anyone with fibromyalgia, or an auto-immune disease like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, will know how hard it can be to make others understand how you feel. I have had friends in the past that have fizzled out when I don’t always want to go out gallivanting every single day. However, I have also come across other friends who understand that I can’t help having widespread pain sometimes and being a bit unsociable at times. My family have been supportive and in turn now that I am getting great opportunities through blogging I am able to share these out a little.

I am now making at least £2,000 a month, from a variety of websites and mobile applications. I feel blessed that I was able to take the leap, without relying on benefits, and become full-time self employed.

I love my life and have learned to appreciate the smallest things, like waking up pain free for a day, or enjoying some digging down at our allotment. Sure, there are bad days, even people without chronic illness have those, but when the good days are here I have the time to really appreciate them. I can take a day off whenever I want to, to spend time with family, and I haven’t had to miss many social functions for years now, besides due to illness. Because I never applied for sickness benefits I don’t have to worry if I do have a good day about somebody reporting me! I can take each day as it comes and live my life how I want to. I also get to spend my days at home with my beautiful new daughter – who took 7 long years to arrive! The last few years working from home have allowed me to focus on fertility treatments and obtain what we really want in life – a child and a great work/life balance.

If you are interested in finding out more about how I make money online you can visit my website at I regularly share my monthly earnings and details of the websites and mobile applications that I use to make money online. Not all of the money that I make is easily achievable for everyone, as I have spent two years building up a website, however, you can make at least £500 a month using the different websites that I use. My methods for money making include paid surveys, matched betting, website testing, mystery shopping, taking part in focus groups and much more.

Take care
Katy Stevens

living with fibromyalgia


  1. It’s great to see that you’re not letting your illness get in the way of your goals! I am just setting up an online business selling on Etsy and I imagine the sales are not just going to roll in and I have to work on it, would love to expand into other ways of making money online.

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