First Advisor

Dr. B. Lucas

Thesis Committee Member(s)

Dr. L. Narcisi & Dr. A. Schreier


Dr. J. Campisi


Regis College

Degree Name


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access


Honors Thesis

Number of Pages

49 pages


Around twenty-six percent of US adults have a disability. It can impair their physical and mental health forcing many to adjust their everyday life. Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder that is considered a disability. As someone who has been living with Fibromyalgia for three years, I have a first-hand account of how this condition affects one’s outlook on life. By speaking with professionals, we become aware of both the physical and mental effects of Fibromyalgia. A side of the medical world also begins to appear, one where those with invisible disabilities, like Fibromyalgia, lack access to proper care and providers. They face geographical and financial barriers as well as lack of understanding from doctors, friends, and family. This creates an environment that prevents proper healing and long term management of Fibromyalgia symptoms. I argue that by sharing my story able-bodied individuals can get a better understanding of the day-to-day life with chronic pain and how having providers focused on co-production aids in the process of healing. I then propose that by creating a health system focused on co-production we can provide the necessary resources to help those with Fibromyalgia manage their symptoms and even live a fulfilling life.

Date of Award

Spring 2023

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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