Sitting in a dim room for days, sometimes weeks at a time, seeing only a ray of light that dances between the blinds, I sit longing for it all to end–the pain, the exhaustion, the loneliness. No answers only questions. Why has my body become a torture chamber? What did I do to my body to make it so angry? How is it they can’t find anything wrong? Am I going crazy? Has my family given up on me?
Before receiving my diagnosis, I found my bottom. I felt hopeless, weak, and alone. Certain I was losing a battle with a mysterious terminal disease that was yet to be discovered. Each dreaded morning, I could not conceive how I would make it another damn day with all of this bull shit going on.
About 18 months in, realizing I was losing the battle and needed to check into a hospital, I reached out — I needed help for my children. I wanted to make things as normal as possible for them. I always had a strong support system, or so I thought. My so-called support system would be almost completely absent during this critical time for me and my family. But for whatever reason, when I realized my family would have no one to care for them the way I wanted, my rebellious spirit summoned a will and strength I did not know I had, and I believe I am still here because of it.
While this lack of support caused a great deal of heartache, I do believe it was a blessing, I’ll be it a mixed one. This sparked a fire inside me to prove I could fight this dis-ease and be there for my children. Today, almost 2 years later I am living a well-lived life with my wonderful, incredibly strong family (and Chronic Fibromyalgia and Lyme Disease are my constant companions).
What has given you the will to fight dis-ease in your life?
“I learned how to summon, from somewhere deep within, th extra will I didn’t know I possessed. Knowing it was there, and could be tapped again, gave me a boost of confidence I would rely on for years to come.” – Sugar Ray Leonard
Because I got by with a little help from my girlfriends, I want to help you get help from your girlfriends. As always, please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences.
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