May Link-Up With Sheryl From A Chronic Voice

Garden photo with text overlay May Link-Up With Sheryl From A Chronic Voice https://reclaiminghope.blog

Wow, where has another month gone???!!! I just can’t believe May is almost over. I’ve missed the last two months’ link-ups with Sheryl because I let time get away from me, and I’ve almost done it again. Of course, this month, I had to take a little break from the blog in order to get some things done. You can read about that here if you missed it.

In case you’re new here, each month I try to participate in a linkup with Sheryl from A Chronic Voice. She posts five thought-provoking prompts at the beginning of each month, and hosts the linkup for anyone who blogs about chronic illness. She asks that you use at least three of the five prompts provided. If you’re interested in participating, please check out her website. I’m sure she’ll have June’s prompts posted soon, as it’s almost the end of May.

This month’s prompts are:

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This past month, while working like a fiend to get my continuing education credits completed for my Personal Trainer and Health Coach re-certification, I’ve been remembering my “old self.” These past several years I’ve been so focused on figuring out how to manage my life with fibromyalgia that sometimes I feel as if I’ve gotten out of touch with the person I used to be. As I’ve been immersed in the world of fitness and nutrition again over this last month, I’ve begun to feel more like myself, more like the person who felt she could accomplish anything she set her mind to. It feels good to be in that mindset again. I’ve missed me!

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Since I’ve gotten re-energized by everything I’ve been learning (and in some cases, re-learning), I’ve been entertaining the thought of designing and implementing a program for those of us who live with fibromyalgia or other chronic pain conditions. I’d love to have a comprehensive program that could help us thrive, not just survive. It’s only a small kernel of a dream right now, but it’s definitely something I’ll be working on over the next few months, years, whatever it takes. I just think back to the days when I woke up and then waited for the day to be over so I could go back to sleep, and I would love it if I could help others not ever have to feel that way. In the meantime, though, I hope that by sharing my story through this blog, I can help others reclaim their sense of hope and know there is life, a good life, after diagnosis.

For me, the first step toward reclaiming that sense of hope was believing that my life could be more than it was at that moment. That belief helped me get up out of the bed and start taking small steps forward. With chronic illness and its limitations, sometimes it’s easy to start to thinking that because you can’t do some things, you can’t do anything. Trust me, that’s the furthest thing from the truth! You may not be able to do the things you did before, but with trial and error, you’ll find other things that you can do, and you may even discover a new passion. Obviously, I can’t say that’s going to happen overnight or that the road is going to be easy. As I said earlier, my journey back to the ‘old me’ has been a long and sometimes rocky one as I learned what works and what doesn’t, but it’s definitely been worth the trip.

I hope that if you’re where I was at the beginning, you’ll realize that you can live well, no matter your circumstances. We know that with chronic illness, it’s probably not realistic to think we’ll “get well,” but we can definitely learn to live a full, joyful life. If you’re at that point where you’re living your best life, I’d love to hear what you’ve found most helpful in getting there. Please share!

Blessings,

~Terri

 

20 comments

  1. Such an encouraging post, Terri! I can hardly wait to hear more about that dream. I live with Crohn’s Disease, and at times, the symptoms are very annoying. I push through — knowing that my symptoms will abate. Life is so much richer when you have hope. Love your blog!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Michelle! I’m sorry you have to deal with Crohn’s. I know it’s a difficult disease, but it sounds as if you have a good handle on things. You’re so right about life being so much richer when we have hope. It really is the key, isn’t it?

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  2. Believing there is a good life to be had and brighter days can be hard but definitely a starting point for moving forward. I love the idea of a program to encourage and help others to thrive, not just survive. Wonderful post – very encouraging and uplifting to read when feeling down and demotivated! x

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    1. Thanks so much Caz! You’re so right that believing in brighter days ahead can be hard. I think sometimes believing has to come from reminding ourselves what we’re capable of. I know I forgot that for awhile and lost myself to some degree. I know there are times that I just get sick and tired of being sick and tired. At those times, when I’m feeling awful and thinking about all the things I can’t do anymore, I remind myself of what I CAN still do, give myself permission to have a bad day if I need to, and then press on toward those ‘better days.’ I hope you feel better soon sweet friend. Hugs to you!

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  3. Thanks for your constant support and participation Terri, I really appreciate it, and always look forward to reading more about your life 🙂 Wishing you all the best with your training and resource building, and sending good vibes for June! Here’s to more ‘feeling like ourselves’ once again!

    P.s. I’ll manually add your entry to the May linkup tomorrow since it’s closed for the month!

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    1. Thanks so much Sheryl! I really appreciate you hosting this linkup each month. You always have such great prompts that make me think, and I love reading everyone else’s posts. Thanks for offering to add me to the link, but I actually posted it to the link a few days ago. Hugs!

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