Are there ever times when you’re happy to be wrong? I have to say, I had one of those times earlier this week. As I shared in In Case You Were Wondering, we have a pup who has been really ill. I was convinced that it was cancer, and although we were treating him for a bowel disease just in case, I really didn’t think it was going to do any good.
When the vet called on Monday evening, we found out his blood protein levels had improved a lot, and the treatment seems to be helping. We’re feeling much more hopeful at this point.
When I started this blog, I never thought I’d be writing about my dog — or a lot of other things I write about for that matter….
After my last few posts, I started thinking that maybe I was sharing too many of my less-than-desirable circumstances. I sure don’t want people to feel worse after reading my blog than they did before they started.
As I thought about it, though, I realized that sometimes sharing the hard stuff is as important as sharing the more uplifting, positive things. When you’re going through a tough time, sometimes you don’t want sunshine and flowers; you want someone who can understand the dark places also.
Life gets really hard at times and knowing we’re not alone can give us the strength we need to hold on until we can step back out into the light.
Robin Roberts, one of the anchors of Good Morning America, often says “Make your mess your message.” She shared her battle with cancer and need for a bone marrow transplant very publicly in order to raise awareness and encourage others to sign up to be donors.
She realizes that sometimes our lives are just a mess, and by sharing what we go through, we have the ability to help others as they experience similar circumstances, or even other “messes” in their lives.
That’s actually why I started this blog, and why I share things here that I don’t share with most people that I actually spend time with in person. I want people to know that whatever “mess” they have in their lives, they’re not alone. There is hope, and we can still have a great life, even after fibromyalgia invades our lives.
Everyone experiences tough times; that’s just a fact of life. During these challenging times, there’s good to be found if we look for it: lessons learned, progress made, or sometimes, just glimpses of the beauty of the world and people around us seen while going through the tough times.
I’m sure you’ve heard me say this more than once: I firmly believe that God never wastes anything. He will bring good from every situation we go through, even the difficult ones.
This last set of challenges has definitely brought that home for me. Through the most recent circumstances, I’ve been forced to step waaayyy outside my comfort zone on more than one occasion. You know what? It’s been good for me!
I’ve talked on several occasions about letting fear hold me back, but during this last set of events, I’ve had to set that fear aside and do what needed to be done. I didn’t stop feeling the fear, but what I needed to do was more important than entertaining it.
Sometimes we let our illnesses convince us that we’re weak, that we can’t handle challenges, but the truth is, we’re stronger than we know.
Hopefully, by sharing the good – the lessons, progress, joyful times; the bad – the pain and fatigue, or difficult times we all have to experience from time to time; and the ugly – the fear that holds us back; I can help others who find themselves in this “mess.”
Please know that there is life, a great life, after diagnosis, and whatever your “mess” may be, you’re not alone. We can learn to thrive, not just survive, with fibromyalgia or other chronic illnesses, and we can help each other along the way.
How are you learning to thrive? Please share!