My body is just fine, no matter what shape, size, or weight it is.
The friends who are always there for you. Devote your time to them, instead of aimlessly trying to spend time with people who make you worry that they won’t return your texts, or reciprocate your affection.
Overcoming this won’t be easy or an overnight fix. But that is okay. And you need to remember that.
What I have been through because of my disease has changed my personality and outlook on life entirely. I no longer worry about the little things in life, I don’t deal with drama, I don’t focus on things I cannot change because I realize there are way more important things I need to devote my limited energy to.
I find that I have a much improved mind body connection. I’m able to effectively relax my muscles.
Physical changes can (and probably will) affect you emotionally too. Your progress becomes yet another part of your identity and sometimes, if you’re like me, you’ll have no idea how you lived your life any differently before.
YOU ROCK Joey! We stand with you! <3
Time stood still. I had been blindsided by a disease that didn’t care that I was a wife or mother to a 4 year old little boy.
Let’s do an exercise: describe your body. Okay. For those who described your body’s physical appearance, raise your hand. For those who described your body for what it’s able to do, raise your hand. I’m assuming many people would think to do the first option naturally, because we’re conditioned to view our bodies as objects and not as vessels to live.
What they want from you is the kind of support that is more precious than steroids, infusions, surgeries, or pills will ever be: they just want you to remind them that they’re still normal, that they still have control, and that they’re not alone in this.