Dear readers, all of us know by experience that living with a disability usually doesn’t produce joy or any sort of happiness. However, if we are to strive within our Myasthenia or any other form of chronic illness we would need to shift the gears of our thoughts.
What does that mean?
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Well I’ll just talk about my experience, not in an ego centered way, but just telling you how I shifted my gears. You know not all that works for one person makes a perfect fit for others and I’m not really into that either. Some people think that their own choices are the miraculous solution for others and that’s not how it works.
I’m more about sharing what has worked for me and try to inspire others to look for their own thing. An autoimmune disease affects each person in different ways and forms. My personal objective is to share and create a space where you can try it out or just work something out that fits your needs.
Coming back to the topic at hand, after the necessary disclosure, when I first began dealing with the ups and downs of living with Myasthenia to be honest to the truth I only found disappointment, sadness, isolation and a bit of anger all mixed in one big bottle. For a while, I couldn’t even bring myself to talk about it.
My teaching career was over, I barely could take care of myself and to top it all only my family and close friends knew and understood my disease. To the rest of the world I looked perfectly normal.
It took me some time in a hospital bed to rethink all my situation.
I came to a crossroad where I would follow the path already set in place or take another yet to be created. One where I would find joy in simple things in life. Prior to that I really didn’t dig the whole gratitude thing, I would ask myself and what is it that I need to be grateful for?
However, there was a trick to all this, to be able to begin walking down the path of joy and gratitude, I would need to open up my heart and cultivate acceptance. I would have to let go of patterns of negative thoughts that were ingrained in my spirit. This written down sounds so spiritual and easy, but believe me it’s not. It’s actually excruciating and it takes a very long time. It’s been more than thirteen years that I’ve been trying to achieve this each and every day since.
Once in a while my bitterness shows up and I have to work myself through it. But, I say to myself, “Hey, give me some slack, I’m only human!” I don’t fight it off, I just receive the emotion and make it part of who I am, the only thing different is that I keep on going and rediscover a place within me where I can find some peace and quiet to re- calibrate and move on.
Those who support you also make a huge difference in the outcome. Basically because when I’m not able to find that space within me they guide me to where it is. Reminding me all I have to be grateful for.
Positive and loving emotions do much more for me than negative and pessimistic ones.
Good vibes lift you up, while negative ones pull you down. Like everybody knows this, but it easier said than felt.
Give it a try!!!!! Your immune system and soul will thank you for it. Remember our bodies are just a small fraction of who we really are. Our mind can always control our body. Our mind can’t take away our MG, but it can make our life so much better when we cultivate good things through it. I hope you can take up my invite and begin some sort of healing process.
See you around and thanks for stopping by and remember be kind and compassionate to yourself. Hasta pronto!