It all begins with acceptance.
Accepting your diagnosis, symptoms, and daily reality.
When I accept my diagnosis, instead of fighting it, I am accepting myself and validating my feelings.
I may not feel appreciative or healthy every day, but when I accept my symptoms and reality for what it is, I am removing expectations and pressure. A good day for me might look a lot different than a good day for you, and I’m okay with that.
I can accept a bad day, moment, or even week, because I know tomorrow is a new day with new opportunities.
Without acceptance, I am fighting against myself. Allowing my illness and emotions to control my life. When things are good, I’m waiting for everything to fall apart, and when things are bad, It’s validating my belief. Which is why acceptance is crucial.
I will continue to accept myself, illness and all, not only because I have no other choice, but because it allows me to let go and enjoy my life.
It’s all about learning how to work with yourself instead of against.