Wow, where has another month gone???!!! I just can’t believe May is almost over. I’ve missed the last two months’ link-ups with Sheryl because I let time get away from me, and I’ve almost done it again. Of course, this month, I had to take a little break from the blog in order to get some things done. You can read about that here if you missed it.
In case you’re new here, each month I try to participate in a linkup with Sheryl from A Chronic Voice. She posts five thought-provoking prompts at the beginning of each month, and hosts the linkup for anyone who blogs about chronic illness. She asks that you use at least three of the five prompts provided. If you’re interested in participating, please check out her website. I’m sure she’ll have June’s prompts posted soon, as it’s almost the end of May.
This month’s prompts are:
This past month, while working like a fiend to get my continuing education credits completed for my Personal Trainer and Health Coach re-certification, I’ve been remembering my “old self.” These past several years I’ve been so focused on figuring out how to manage my life with fibromyalgia that sometimes I feel as if I’ve gotten out of touch with the person I used to be. As I’ve been immersed in the world of fitness and nutrition again over this last month, I’ve begun to feel more like myself, more like the person who felt she could accomplish anything she set her mind to. It feels good to be in that mindset again. I’ve missed me!
Since I’ve gotten re-energized by everything I’ve been learning (and in some cases, re-learning), I’ve been entertaining the thought of designing and implementing a program for those of us who live with fibromyalgia or other chronic pain conditions. I’d love to have a comprehensive program that could help us thrive, not just survive. It’s only a small kernel of a dream right now, but it’s definitely something I’ll be working on over the next few months, years, whatever it takes. I just think back to the days when I woke up and then waited for the day to be over so I could go back to sleep, and I would love it if I could help others not ever have to feel that way. In the meantime, though, I hope that by sharing my story through this blog, I can help others reclaim their sense of hope and know there is life, a good life, after diagnosis.
For me, the first step toward reclaiming that sense of hope was believing that my life could be more than it was at that moment. That belief helped me get up out of the bed and start taking small steps forward. With chronic illness and its limitations, sometimes it’s easy to start to thinking that because you can’t do some things, you can’t do anything. Trust me, that’s the furthest thing from the truth! You may not be able to do the things you did before, but with trial and error, you’ll find other things that you can do, and you may even discover a new passion. Obviously, I can’t say that’s going to happen overnight or that the road is going to be easy. As I said earlier, my journey back to the ‘old me’ has been a long and sometimes rocky one as I learned what works and what doesn’t, but it’s definitely been worth the trip.
I hope that if you’re where I was at the beginning, you’ll realize that you can live well, no matter your circumstances. We know that with chronic illness, it’s probably not realistic to think we’ll “get well,” but we can definitely learn to live a full, joyful life. If you’re at that point where you’re living your best life, I’d love to hear what you’ve found most helpful in getting there. Please share!