Our Strength Shows During Our Diagnosis, Recovery, and Healing

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Dealing with a medical condition of any kind is difficult. Often the focus is on the things we’re no longer able to do. I’d like to take a different perspective and look at how strong we are — mentally, physically, and for some, spiritually.

First, let’s look at mental strength. Each and every day that we wake up is an opportunity to display this strength. That’s also true for those of us working while still awaiting a proper diagnosis and treatment, experiencing low energy, constant mood changes, depression, anxiety, and difficulties focusing and concentrating. This is for more than a short period of time.

I was fortunate, but what about those who have been fighting this for years? How about those who have children, given the mental awareness they need to have? These are just a few examples of how strong we really are.

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Second, let’s consider physical strength. Yes, there are changes and ailments our Cushing’s bodies experience. This can happen in a short period of time, causing shock, or over a longer period of time. There will be Cushing’s symptoms like joint pains, body aches, foot pain, excessive weight gain, sleep issues, headaches, and sometimes losing the control of your bodily functions.

It takes a lot to fight through these issues day after day, and let’s be honest: It drains every bit of energy we have. And still, we’re strong enough to cope.

Finally, my diagnosis tested me spiritually in a way I’d never been tested before. My faith is the most important part of my life. Mentally and physically, I could not have healed the way I needed to if my spiritual life was not right. My relationship with God grew to a higher level as I was tested.

This journey has taught me that hidden deep inside each of us is a strength that no amount of lifting weights can produce. Please take the time to give yourself credit for the resilience you display. Although there are times you may feel weak, there is absolutely nothing weak about you. Being strong is not just an acquired skill — it’s in our DNA.

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