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From: (Anonymous)
Author's Note: I do not have fibro myself and so I've done my best from research. Any medical errors in this are entirely mine and I apologize wholeheartedly for them.

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RisingStar first big part! knew by the end of the audition that I'd nailed it. I'm going to be on #Broadway!
five minutes ago via web

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Rachel Berry is going to be Wendla!
32 people like this.
View all 15 comments.

Ryan Berry I'm so proud of my daughter!
Mercedes Jones You go, girl
Kurt Hummel What happened to standards? :) lol jk Rachel good luck

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from: broadwaybound@gmail.com
to: wschuester@mckinleyhigh.edu, puckerup@hotmail.com, defying_g@yahoo.com, [....]
subject: Broadway role


Hey Glee Clubbers! Or former Glee kids, I guess I should say, and also Mr. Schuester. In case you missed it on Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, LinkedIN, Livejournal, or phone, I wanted to give you all an opportunity to congratulate me on this fabulous new role! I'll also be taking any questions you have.

Your newest shining star,
Rachel Berry

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from: mckqueen2012@gmail.com
to: broadwaybound@gmail.com
subject: re: Broadway role


Rach,
We know by now. I promise. Now go do it instead of just talking about it!

Q

P.S. Don't use this email address anymore. It should be qkfabray@osu.edu.

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Hey, you've reached the voicemail of future Broadway star, Rachel Berry! Leave a detailed message with your name and phone number and I'll call you back once rehearsal is over.

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Hey, you've reached the voicemail of future Broadway star, Rachel Berry! I've been very busy lately so if I haven't called you back, I'm really sorry! Leave a message and I'll get back to you.

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Hey, you've reached the voicemail of future Broadway star, Rachel Berry! I'll-- I'll call you Sunday, I promise. Sorry, Finn.

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goldstar1994's LJ - try defying gravity
date: Tuesday, 2 February, 2016 - 4:00 PM
entry status: private
entry title: to do
dr appt
vocal coach appt
psychiatrist appt (?)
sleep coach appt
physical therapy
buy vitamins

tagged: health, to do, private
music: Spring Awakening
mood: exhausted

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BroadwayGurl's latest blog entry [subscribe to this blog]

I've been really tired lately, but the doctor says that I'm fine. Must be stress due to my ~*~great new role~*~ (see my last six blogs for details). I'm putting my Myspace videos on a hiatus for a while so I can adjust to my new schedule. Don't worry, I won't be gone for too long. In the meantime (view more)

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goldstar1994's LJ - try defying gravity
date:Friday, 8 April, 2016 - 2:12 PM
entry status: private
entry title: to do

call doctor again
find another doctor
draw pain chart
memorize lines!!!
exerciseflkfajkhlkhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
[this entry was autosaved at 2:53 PM.
This entry was posted at 5:59 PM.]

tagged: health, to do, private
music: silence
mood: worried

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Spring Awakening Still Asleep?
by Richard Swete

When first casted, insiders told this reporter that Rachel Berry was an actress to watch. Now I'm working why. Tonight's performance was absolutely painful to watch, as Berry tripped over familiar lines and missed easy steps. One wonders where her supposed spark has gone and how she thought she could take on this role. Otherwise, [...]


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new message from "Noah" 5/2/16 9:09PM
do u want me to beat him up i will. quinn is dragging me 2 c ur show anyway

new message from "Noah" 5/2/16 9:11PM
fuck that was supposed 2 b a surprise. dont tell her i said

new message from "Noah" 5/2/16 9:16PM
r u sure? it would be easy in NY no1 would notice

new message from "Noah" 5/2/16 9:17PM
m not drunk berry. im trying 2 b a good friend or somethin

new message from "Noah" 5/2/16 9:20PM
fine, get some sleep, u even sound tired in txt. we'll see u next week

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Rachel Berry was tagged in the album New York 2016.
4 people like this.
Brittany Lopez You look like my favorite dead grandma.
Santana Lopez I think that means you should see a doctor, and you'd better do it quick. My first time in New York isn't going to be for a stupid funeral.

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RisingStar Screw Broadway. fuck everything
five minutes ago via web

RisingStar she can't hit that note, I hope you know
two minutes ago via web

RisingStar fuck. deleting these
30 seconds ago via web

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WebMD symptomchecker
sex: female
age: 18-24 years
symptoms: Joint aches (General)
pain or discomfort (Neck)
pain or discomfort (Arm)
pain or discomfort (Leg)
Fatigue (General)
Difficulty swallowing (Neck (front)
Night sweats (General)

Conditions Associated with the Selected Symptoms
20 conditions
Fibromyalgia
Viral syndrome
Peripheral neuropathy [..]

Fibromyalgia Overview
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is widespread pain in the muscles and soft tissues [...]

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new message from "Artie" 5/2/16 2:00AM
do you know what time it is here

new message from "Artie" 5/2/16 2:02AM
I was but that's not the point

new message from "Artie" 5/2/16 2:06AM
I can't diagnose you, I'm still a student. with an exam tomorrow. hint hint

new message from "Artie" 5/2/16 2:09AM
seriously Rach see a real doctor. they don't bite I promise

new message from "Tina" 5/2/16 2:15AM
if he fails tomorrow I'm blaming you even if you are sick

new message from "Tina" 5/2/16 2:18AM
your message got cut off, but I get the point, sry. T_T please see a dr Artie says webmd can burn in a fire

new message from "Tina" 5/2/16 2:20AM
g'nite

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Google Search
fibromyalgia support groups in New York
fibromyalgia support groups in Ohio
fibromyalgia treatments
what a fibromyalgia diagnosis means
explaining fibromyalgia to coworkers
Spring Awakening 2016 reviews
cheerful lolcats
famous people with fibro
living with fibro

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from: noreply@googlegroups.com
to: wschuester@mckinleyhigh.edu, rberry4312@gmail.com, tberry87@gmail.com, mckking2012@gmail.com, makesculture@jonesdentistry.com [...]
subject: Google Group Invite: "fighting fibro with music"


Hello,

You've been invited to join the Google Group "fighting fibro with music" by broadwaybound@gmail.com. To accept, please click the link below.

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from: abramslincoln@mail.com
to: broadwaybound@gmail.com
subject: re: Google Group Invite: "fighting fibro with music"


You know there isn't any medical evidence that music helps, right? You shouldn't... get your hopes up so soon.

AA

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from: abramslincoln@mail.com
to: broadwaybound@gmail.com
subject: re: re: Google Group Invite: "fighting fibro with music"


Well, I'll add it to the list of diseases I'll cure when I'm famous. But I don't think they're going to rename it to Berry's disease. Maybe I'll get Abram's cure, though.

AA

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from: abramslincoln@mail.com
to: broadwaybound@gmail.com
subject: re: re: re: Google Group Invite: "fighting fibro with music"


Yes, I'm kidding. AA

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Rachel Berry is attending NY Fibro Meet-up 7/16.

Rachel Berry likes FIND A CURE FOR FIBROMYALGIA.

Rachel Berry likes High School Glee Clubs.

Rachel Berry joined I Know All the Words to WICKED the Musical.

Rachel Berry is having a good fibro week so far. :) The new medication is helping.

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goldstar1994's LJ - try defying gravity
date:Monday, 14 August, 2017 - 1:11PM
entry status: private
entry title: mantra
I can do this. I will do this. I will cope. I did it once, I can do it again.

I am living with fibro but it does not own me. I'm Rachel Berry, and I'm going to be a star.

to do
off-Broadway auditions next week
apply for new therapy, use ACLU connections if necessary
buy milk

tagged: fibro, to do, therapy, mantra
music: Wicked soundtrack
mood: optimistic ☆

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RisingStar Auditions for Wicked are next week! Cross your fingers with me, okay?
five minutes ago via web

RisingStar #Broadway, you just wait. I'll be back.
0 seconds ago via web
axelrod: Carson McCullers laughing in delight (Carson McCullers Laughing)
From: [personal profile] axelrod
Yay! : D : D : D When I saw this had been filled this morning at work, it really made me feel better!

The format is all I hoped for and more! The google search, for instance! Never would have thought of that, and it's brilliant! And this: [this entry was autosaved at 2:53 PM.
This entry was posted at 5:59 PM.]
I don't have fibro, but do run out of spoons on a regular basis and yeaaaahh, that's familiar. And you did a really good job of including bits of longer conversations/correspondences, or half of a conversation, without making it confusing - just made me want more.

Rachel is so IC - incredible.

I love the little details: Quinn's email address, Brittany Lopez, Artie studying to be a doctor, Puck's spelling in his text messages.

Critique: I wanted to see Rachel actually have to change her goals. Um, this is not "you should write exactly what I want to read" comment, I hope ...

I'm not entirely sure if taking a lead role in a Broadway musical is feasible for someone with fibro - my impression of fibro is that even if the good days are really good, the bad days would keep you from performing anyway. But this critique also has to do where I am right now - I can't do what I want to do, so I've come up with a back-up plan and maybe someday I'll do what I want to do via other means, maybe, perhaps, but it'll take longer and it's no sure thing and I wanted to see a fictional character deal with that same issue ...

In other words: dear author, you may not be dead, but don't think you have the last word on your story, your readers will always bring something to it. ; )

If this were a longer fic, I'd have wanted to see more of the totally not fun process of getting a fibro diagnosis - hahaha doctors who tell you that you can't really be in that much pain - and the often frustrating process of getting medicated and the inadequacy of the meds and - but that would be a different fic and I definitely like the one you wrote : )

(Ummm slightly uncertain of including the critique but I like to be honest and I like talking about how stories can be better as well as what they did well. So.)

Anyway, I enjoyed the hell out of this fic and I keep rereading it and it's all so very special because someone wrote it because I asked! Thanks so much : ) And once I know who you are, I am totally reading the fuck out of the rest of your fic.
Edited Date: 2010-07-16 03:50 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hi, it's your mystery author! ♥ I wrote this, if you can believe it, in one four-hour sitting, because I'm a very lucky person who isn't living with illnesses like these, and then I posted it without any real editing, so it's a little draft-like still. Thank you for the critique, because I was really flailing around and trying to figure out what's missing, and there should be something there in-between her Google Searches and founding the support group, and that's all her stress about trying to get an actual diagnosis. I may try to edit that part in when I clean this up for de-anon/posting.

I don't actually think that Rachel would make it back to Broadway to be honest, because you're right, it would be very hard. But this is Rachel we're talking about, the theater is her whole life, and I think it would take years and years before she'd actually give in to her hurting and admit this to herself. She's still setting unrealistic goals and that's a little heartbreaking, but I wanted to end on a somewhat peppy note. Your critique is, again, really wonderful and appreciated. (PS I think she'll end up as a singing coach to the next gen of Broadway hopefuls, and be on the stage by proxy of her students.)

I am so so very glad you liked it; it's unlike anything I've ever written before and I was really nervous about posting it, but as long as the OP appreciated it, that's enough for me. Thank you again, for the great writing opportunity and for reading.
trialia: River Song (Alex Kingston) drinking a cup of coffee. (Default)
From: [personal profile] trialia
I had to give up theatre because of fibro. *glares at symptom list*

thanks for writing this fic, though. the little details are really great.
From: (Anonymous)
I'm so sorry, that's awful. And thanks for the comment!
bewize: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bewize
This was amazing and so terribly heartbreaking, too.
From: (Anonymous)
Thanks for the comment!
trialia: River Song (Alex Kingston) drinking a cup of coffee. (Default)
From: [personal profile] trialia
Not quite on fic topic, but on topic of a sort - how long did it take them to diagnose you? Took five years for me.
From: (Anonymous)
Thank you so much.
cesy: "Cesy" - An old-fashioned quill and ink (Default)
From: [personal profile] cesy
Did you deliberately mean to choose not to warn, or did you forgot to specify "None of the following warnings apply"?
From: (Anonymous)
Forgot to specify, and I apologize for that. It is unfortunately impossible to edit an anon comment.

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