Fibromyalgia pain put this Shawnee Mission teacher in a wheelchair. Now she teaches exercise classes.


Indian Woods Middle School teacher Hannah White Willems teaches group fitness classes at the Lenexa Rec Center. Just a few years ago, she was in a wheelchair and battling a painful and debilitating condition called fibromyalgia. Photo credit Leah Wankum

Looking at Hannah White Willems, a Johnson County group exercise instructor and middle school teacher, one would never guess she was wheelchair-bound just a few years ago.

For several years, White Willems struggled with a painful and debilitating health condition called fibromyalgia. Often difficult to describe, fibromyalgia typically affects a person’s muscles and skeletal system, causing excruciating pain and fatigue.