I had the pleasure of spending time with some good friends this weekend. They’re great people, generous and popping ibuprofen.
I know what it’s like to be in pain. Besides my IBS pain. I had the misfortune of being injured in both arms. It wasn’t the goes away in a few months type pain, it was the hard to diagnose really impacts your life type of pain. I spent over a year trying to get better only to find myself getting worse. After demanding more than my doctors could give me, I was finally referred to the right doctor who showed me the way to heal myself properly.
The difference between my friend and I, is that I refused to give up. I refused to accept that I couldn’t get well again.
I’m still in the healing process and without the resignation that comes with giving up.
When I first saw the doctor who began me on the proper road to healing, the first thing he said to me is your fighter. You have to be because anybody who’s been through what you’ve been through and have a determination to get well.
Now I realize that’s the attitude I’ve taken towards many things in my life. Before I was injured I had already been working through my IBS issues. I had successfully turned my IBS-C around for the most part and was sensitive to many foods.
But half way was not good enough for me. I knew I wanted as much relief as I could get.
Being in physical pain taught me so much more about my body and joy is so much more important to me.
In my work in the IBS world I see so many similarities in the way that people talk about their IBS with the way my friend treats his pain. It’s a focus in their life, but they have given up trying to get well. The pain and in return your health improves. It’s all about taking those first steps in trusting that you can get better. Really it’s about trusting yourself.
I know you can do it. Part of being strong and your health.
I’d love to hear how you’re going to do this in 2014, please share below !