Posted on Apr 14, 2013 in Blog |

April 14th – I have accepted The Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge to write daily about my disease. #HAWMC @wegohealth Willing to Go to Any Lengths. When I started treatment, my physician warned me that my life needed to change. It had already changed so much I didn’t really know what he meant by that statement. I was already so exhausted and in so much pain, I couldn’t imagine how much worse my life could get. As Yolanda Foster mentioned in her recent speech, ‘meeting Mr Herxheimer was a rude awakening and probably the worst date I have ever been on.’ What I did understand was that my number one goal needed to be healing. And I knew that I was willing to go to any lengths to heal. My physician gave me an idea of what to expect, emphasizing the amount of rest I needed. Luckily, I was able to make some major decisions quickly which I believe were an integral part of my healing. #1 – I stopped going out of the house after 5 pm. I knew when I got tired, I tended to fall easily. And 5 pm seemed to be my bewitching hour. So I committed to staying home where I was safer. No evening activities for me. #2 – I gave myself permission to attend a maximum of one activity each weekend. That activity included: grocery shopping, having coffee with a friend, a movie with Jeffrey, going to the farmer’s market. One activity each weekend. MAXIMUM. #3 – when I was tired, I rested. My physician reiterated the importance of rest. ‘If you don’t rest, your body cannot heal.’ I took it to heart. I spent a lot of time on my bed. Resting meant lying completely vertical; not just sitting on the couch. Resting meant that my head and heart needed to be level with one another. It made a difference. #4 – Say no without a need to explain the no. I was able to decline invitations more easily and readily without feeling an obligation to explain why. This left me with more time to do the things I wanted to...

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