Taking Control

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. Viktor Frankl Change is supposed to be good, right? What about forced change? When you’ve put effort into change,

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.

Viktor Frankl

Change is supposed to be good, right? What about forced change? When you’ve put effort into change, and you successfully adopt those changes, it feels like a win. However, when forced change of any kind happens, like being unable to work due to chronic illness, it can feel as though life as you know it is being ripped from your arms.

This type of change is sudden and impactful and you are immediately faced with a choice. You can either let it consume you, or you can rise above and take what control you can in the situation. Sometimes your attitude is the only control that you have, and I refuse to let mine say “I don’t care enough.”

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

Norman Vincent Peale

It doesn’t mean that I am not all bent out of shape about it, it just means that when faced with these particular challenges, I have decided to take a “Fighter” approach. Some might say that this approach is wrong and that trying to fight a chronic illness is pointless. For the most part I would have to agree as they have a life of their own, but I am not totally in agreement.

I wouldn’t say that I am fighting the illness necessarily, I would say I am fighting the damage it has caused. That is a fight that I owe it to myself to win.

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With every new diagnosis or symptom comes the worry. What is it now? Will it make things worse? Bring more pain? Keep me from doing the things that I love? Again?! More?! And so goes the anxiety. Straight through the roof! This is not helpful when trying to manage other symptoms and quite frankly can aggravate them. It will consume you if you let it. This is my fight.

So, no matter how grim things get for me in the future, or how bright, I will try to remain just as positive. Will it cure me? No! Will it help? Perhaps it already has.

6 thoughts on “Taking Control

  1. I believe you can fight a good fight! Live your best life! Find your new normal. I strive to fight for awareness of fibromyalgia but I get in my own way sometimes. I call us Shadow Boxers. We fight what we can’t see! (I also wrote an interactive journal with the same name!) I think you are fighting the right way, the way that will improve your overall well-being. Keep your left up! 😉

      1. Thanks, Sierra. (it is on Amazon) I gave a copy to my doctor and she really used it as a teaching manual. Also a PT, Sandy Hepp. It’s a good journal to prompt you into making life changes YOU want to make, it is not a how to manual. Lots of definitions, too. Plus other Fibro gals take part in our Q&A portion. Sorry, I’m bragging. I am just really proud of my book. 🙂

  2. ‘Perhaps it Already has……..’

    That’s poetic & Beautiful!
    A soft warrior if you will.

    I totally get what your saying!! ❤

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