Just as Humpty Dumpty had his big fall, so did I!
As I reviewed 2018, I realized I was fighting not only frequent fibromyalgia flares since July, but my 51-year-old body was working through some harsh changes, illnesses, and despair. Eye-opener! I spent half of 2018 desperate for emotional as well as physical health! It took time and patience has never been my friend. The battle does eventually end. The only question is how to put me back together again? All the king’s horses and all the king’s men could not help me, I was going to have to put myself back together.
The work to restore my emotional and physical health has begun. When you are sick, and your symptoms are visible, in your blood labs and on X-ray, you are treated for that illness. However, invisible chronic illnesses are often overlooked during this time. As we know, just because you can’t see it does not make it less critical to treat! More times than not, our invisible illness amplifies during these ‘normal’ sick times. It takes an enormous emotional toll on us that can be quite devastating.
There is an upside, I lost 15 pounds! There is more, and I’m trying to remember what this struggle has taught me. Patience? Endurance? Strength? Possibly all three. I am well aware that the carpet gets pulled out from under us at any time. No warning. No safety net. Boom! Down we go … again and again … but eventually, we put ourselves together again.
I hope 2019 will be a kind year for you and me. Remember, live your best life!