Resilience Is Built Into Our DNA
Everyone faces adversity, trauma, and tragedy at some point in their lives. But does it always show up in the same way? No.
Do these life events affect us all in different ways? Absolutely, but something else also takes place. Some of us experience the drive and determination that comes with being blessed with another opportunity to wake up each day. This is what we call resilience.
Many of us who have been diagnosed with Cushing’s disease, as well as our caretakers, spouses, or significant others, understand what resilience is. Some might say that each day brings a new challenge, but those of us who are resilient say, “Each day brings a new opportunity” and a chance to build upon what was accomplished the previous day.
I have frequently reflected on my progress since being diagnosed with a pituitary tumor and Cushing’s disease in 2015, and then having transsphenoidal surgery later the same year. When doing so, I’m not only looking at my physical progress, but also at how the environment around me has changed. For example, at the time, my highly stressful job wasn’t helping my worsening symptoms, which included emotional changes, pain in various parts of my body, migraines, low energy, weight gain, and sleep apnea. This was the adversity I faced before my diagnosis and treatment.
My recovery period after surgery was also challenging, because I had to adjust to many things, such as the regulation of my hormones again, and other realities of my so-called new body. I temporarily struggled with being unable to work at the capacity I was used to, but I also discovered that new opportunities were yet to come.
Now that I am in a better place overall, I can’t help but notice my resilience. With this type of condition, there’s actually no other option but to be resilient. Recognizing this helped me to build confidence, and it should do the same for you. There truly aren’t many challenges we can’t overcome.
Cushing’s disease isn’t something anyone would ask for, and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. But it is what it is. And I hope that those currently facing it will choose to fight, because I promise, your life is worth it.
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