Before my dreams of living the life I wanted and not the one that my chronic illnesses and pain were pushing me into came true, I had to get real with myself.
This meant facing realities that I had not been willing to face for 13 years. It included accepting and letting go of things that I didn’t want to. It meant that I couldn’t use the same excuses. Most importantly, while difficult, getting real with myself freed me to live passionately and purposefully.
Part of getting real with myself was accepting that my chronic illnesses were going to be with me for the rest of my life. With no cure on the horizon, I needed to stop waiting to live and figure out how to live with these diseases.
Before I could begin living I had to let go of how I was living.
This meant changing my pain management plan to one that truly addressed the sources of my pain. It included letting go of a lifestyle that didn’t work with my illnesses. It meant that I needed to accept that pushing myself in the name of pride was really self-harm and not self-care.
I had to stop blaming my doctors for not giving me the life I wanted. Focusing on solutions versus making excuses needed to become a daily habit.
I discuss all of these steps in my free eBook Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life. I share how I applied each one and how it changed my life for the better.
In it I also challenge you. Not to necessarily make the same changes that I did, but to examine your life and to figure out what you changes you need to make.
You may not be aware of the ideas or habits that are holding you back. I am the kick in the pants you need to make those changes, let go of harmful habits and ways of thinking, stop making excuses, and to start living a wonderful life.
Believe it or not, a life with a chronic illness isn’t a death sentence and a cure is not needed to reduce the pain it inflicts.
How do I know? Because, chronic pain from fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, degenerative disc disease, and endometriosis practically killed me. The pain was uncontrollable.
No amount of pain medication allowed me to function. I spent my days and nights lying in bed, wide awake, crying and begging to die. It wasn’t until I implemented the changes I share in my book that I began to thrive.
There was no overnight miracle……
It has taken me six years to get where I am at today….
And each moment was worth its weight in gold……