As I write this it’s a sunny 12 degree day but we are experiencing gusting 67 km/hr Chinook winds which make it a little dangerous to be outdoors. So, I called my younger daughter and we had a nice long talk, I was telling her how going to the gym was so far out of my comfort zone that I had to make it so that it was no longer an issue. I got myself into the gym and walked on the treadmill for 20 minutes, which was too long for my first go but it felt good that I accomplished the task of getting in the door! She in turn quoted “You go this!” and that stuck with me. I remember thinking, “Yeah, I got this!” I noticed it carried into other parts of my life not just the gym. I feel that I have my life under control, even when things come crashing down around me, even when it seems like something is to hard to accomplish, even when my IBD flares and I cannot accomplish anything in a day, I think to myself “You got this” and it helps muster the courage to make it through or to get the job done, or whatever it is that I need encouragement and a dose of inspiration.
Life is as hard as you make it, when you have control over you; you ultimately have control over everything in your life. When you are living with an autoimmune disease more times than not you feel out of control as your intestines, bowel, colon and your gut have a mind of their own. When you are in a flare it feels like you have no control over your body once so ever. I want to sleep all the time, I’m not hungry but know I should eat, what about the lists of things to get done, the I have to do this and that feeling, but the only energy you can muster up is making something to eat. If you couldn’t operate the way you always have if you couldn’t function at your best and things didn’t get done day in day out, imagine that feeling of failure, despair and incompetence. Not a good feeling!
I don’t want to go out to eat with friends and family as there is so little I can tolerate eating in restaurants, or heaven forbid nature calls at the most inopportune times which have you in desperate need for a washroom…NOW!!!! So, what do you do you hibernate in your home so you don’t have to deal with this bs, however that is not the answer. IBD doesn’t have to control your life, there are ways to cope and find strength! I found that since I have been healing and am on my way to full remission I am getting my life back. In doing so I use key words and phrases like hope, you got this, and slow and steady, to help balance my day, to keep stress and anxiety away!
Taking control is easy once you have it in your mind that this is the way it’s going to be and claim it for yourself. Looking for words to help in the healing process is a great way to accomplish this and it’s easy to find the key words you can collect and use as you need them. Hope is another power word, when you have hope you have a glimpse into the future that everything is going to be okay, and with an incurable disease hope is a very strong emotion to feel! It helps you get passed the unknown and the feeling of despair that doesn’t have to exist. The life you want to live is attainable even when living with an IBD.
The autoimmune warrior in you, if you think about it, is always up front and center to do battle when needed. That warrior spirit is always on your side, it never fails you even if you can’t muster the energy or strength to do something today, it will still be there to push you through when you need it. Instead of fighting against it which is a losing battle, work with it which is much more attainable, as you go you will see how the struggle will become less and less. It has for me!
As I heal l can see the day to day changes, how I am slowly regaining my muscle, my skin is almost back to what it should look like, the iritis is gone, my energy and stamina is increasing with each month and I can see a big improvement in my digestion, inflammation and sleep. Slowing working on eliminating the infection in my gut has been a long process but I feel I have almost won this battle. The natural way to heal is homeopathic medicine and biofeedback, what a life saver it has been for me!
~I want you all to know that whatever you are going through, You Got This! ~Andrea
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