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Have you accepted your chronic illness? I mean really accepted it??!! Because, if you haven’t, you are most likely making your life harder than it has to be and increasing your pain in the process.
“Accepting a diagnosis is what puts us in charge. Yes, our illnesses are the reasons for having to make changes to how we do things, but we are the ones who decide what we are willing to do in order to decrease or limit our pain. If my spine is throbbing, I can either choose to use a wheelchair or walk. If I choose to walk, I am guaranteed to send my pain level through the roof and sentence myself to days or weeks in bed. I may still increase my pain level if I choose to use a wheelchair or motorized shopping cart; however it will be less than if I hadn’t used them. When we decide to put our need of a lower pain level above our belief that we have to do things like we used to, we WIN.”
~Excerpt from Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life
The choices you make on a daily basis reflect whether you accept your illness or not. You can fool yourself, but I can see if you really have accepted your illness.
If you refuse to make modifications to how you do things, schedule your agenda, and care for your body, you haven’t accepted that your chronic illness is incurable.
If you insist on keeping the same type of schedule that you did before becoming ill, you have not accepted your disease.
If you refuse to make dietary changes, you haven’t accepted that you have an illness that could benefit from those changes.
Acceptance is reflected when someone doesn’t throw a fit every time they have to make modifications or eat differently than they did before. It is evident when they don’t allow the use of a mobility aid to tarnish an outing.
Acceptance is visible when the person isn’t constantly running themselves into the ground.
I know, I know, you think that by doing those things you are changing your life and in turn giving into your disease….. But I’ve got news for you, your illness has already changed your life and no amount of fighting it will undo it!
In my eBook Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life, I explain why making modifications and changes are forms of winning, not losing.
I challenge you to examine your life and behavior so that you can make changes that will help you live passionately and purposefully.
My experience and advice won’t cure you, but if you follow my advice your life will improve! How do I know? Because I have been there!! I used to think that I was winning by not making changes. I also spent a lot of time in the emergency room and at home alone……….
My life was nothing like it is today. It took years of trying different things and making modifications to get where I am at now…… Was it easy? Hell NO!!! But it was and still is worth all the hard work.
What are you waiting for? Start making chronic pain your bitch today!