Exhaustion Will Set In, but Don’t Forget Your Ultimate Goal
There came a time on this journey with Cushing’s disease when I became exhausted both mentally and physically. Yes, I was tired of having to deal with the symptoms, but I’m talking about constantly going to doctors’ appointments, getting MRIs (with the dye contrast), and having bloodwork done. The last of those was extremely frustrating because the veins in my left arm ended up being blown. After all, I was constantly getting jabbed with needles.
I wasn’t giving up, but I got to the point where I just didn’t want to continue in this cycle. Of course, not doing anything can be just as harmful or worse for our health. Although I am doing much better today, I still struggle sometimes. But experience has better equipped me to deal with these problems. The area I’ve had to continue working on is self-discipline.
There are times when I notice I have gotten off track, whether it is with my eating habits or my self-care. Then, I need to stop for a moment to refocus. Believe it or not, what once was the stressor has now become my motivation. I never want to go back to the way I used to feel, so I do the following.
First, I stick with my strategy, which is to be proactive and not reactive. I like to stay on offense and not constantly have to fend off an attack. I gain as much information as possible. Information turned into knowledge is a weapon.
Second, consistency is important for your strategy to be successful. I’ve had days when I’ve slipped, and that is normal. The question becomes, do you recognize when this happens and are you able to get back on track? If you can do this, you’re doing great. Just remember, a momentarily lapse does not erase all the hard work you have done. Recognize, refocus, and make the necessary adjustments.
Third, adjustments don’t have to be major changes to your strategy. Does something in the regimen need to be tuned up or tweaked? Can you place more emphasis on a certain area, or do you need to pull back? Whatever has to be done, make sure it stays in line with your strategy and you remain consistent.
Last, please fight through the time when you feel like throwing your hands up. Take it from someone who was there: It doesn’t have to last forever. The beauty of getting through this chapter in your life is the braver and stronger version of yourself waiting on the other side.
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