After setbacks from a couple of chronic conditions, I had to take a step back and reassess how I can take care of me. Being an active ager along with chronic conditions (fibromyalgia and Sjogren's autoimmune) requires continual assessment of what works and what does not. Our family dog is my "therapy dog" on those days that I experience a flare up. Learning how to live as an empty-nester. Even with 30 years in the fitness industry and as a former health and wellness professor, there's always room for more personal development.