We Will Overcome

Dear readers, when Hurricane Maria hammered Puerto Rico, things looked dim and my thoughts constantly drifted back and forth.

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One of the experiences that took a toll on my mental health was when I stood in line with my husband outside a supermarket, we frequently go to, and waited for instructions on how we were going to purchase some groceries we needed at home.  Part of the process was to write it down on a piece of paper, and then when my turn came I was to tell her how many of each, and she would tell us if the item we wanted was available.  That shook me to my core! Groceries that I had always purchased became a commodity, worry stormed me as I thought about my six-year-old at home.

Was food scarce? Was this going to be how things were going to be from now on? I felt so overwhelmed that I thought I was going to be sick.

News about the ports on the island, the gasoline shortage, the destruction of our communication infrastructure, and electrical grid stormed us day and night. At some point, I didn’t know if my husband’s portable radio was a blessing or a curse.

Nothing that was happening prevented the Sun to come down and then come shining once again after the night. The planet continued its spin and acceptance of the events came with it.

I even came used to  the constant sound of  of the Army combat helicopters blades as they flew all day  through our mountainside working on a nearby dam. My husband served in the Army Reserve so for him it wasn’t a thing, however for me it was.  I could only think about people who live in a combat zone, even if in our case they were here for a humanitarian reason.

The important thing was that we were fine, maybe without the commodities we usually enjoyed, but we had enough.  Our house was still standing and we learned to use the resources we had at hand, and when things eventually returned to normalcy I’ve made sure to practice gratitude each day of my life, even if life does bring me storms.

Living with Myasthenia Gravis is one of those storms, and even if it’s  tidal waves come storming into my everyday life without mercy every now and then, leaving me frightened about my future, I  face it with courage, looking at it straight in the eye and saying to myself, “I will overcome this.”

And I do my dear friend, and you will too.  Never loosing sight of the important things in life because that’s whats going to pull us through all our storms.

Thanks for stopping by and keeping me company on this treacherous road to wellness and remember always be kind to yourself and others.

 

 

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MG Survival Guide

Dear readers,  summer in New York came and went, school began and I got caught in my day to day life routine until September 20th.

September 20th was the day that a category five hurricane hit Puerto Rico, becoming one of the deadliest storms in modern history.

All of you know as a fact that stress is an overall factor that causes exacerbation of our symptoms.

I asked myself,  how do I remain calm in the midst of a category 5 hurricane?

After watching the last forecast report at five where the meteorologist stated that it wasn’t about securing your home anymore, it was about saving  lives.

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WOW!!!!

Still I was able to remain calm, trying my best not to stress myself because I knew I was going to feel sick.  The dull feeling that creeps up on me each time my weakness decides to show up was calling  in absent.

As Maria crossed our Island  I prayed.  Reaching out to my faith helped me overcome the moment.  All I wanted was it to be over, little did I know that it would remain with its furious winds and waterfall for more than twenty-five hours.  When at last it subdued on the night between the 21st and 22nd I was grateful.

If your waiting for things I did or bought in preparation, sorry to disappoint you but this post isn’t about this.  My survival guide is quite simple, just have enough medications, have a way to contact your neurologist and remain as calm as you can because you definitely want to remain as far away of hospitals as you can.

Because when facing devastation caused by any natural disaster you do what you can with the resources you are left with.  You can’t control anything that is happening around you, but you can control what you are feeling on the inside.

All I did was make sure I was giving myself the inner talk I needed to be able to survive the weeks and months to come.

Thanks for stopping by and keeping me company during this rough road towards wellness and healing.