So what is it? What is that #1 luxury no one can afford to lose? Any guesses? It is one thing we often don't realize how valuable it is until it is completely gone or taken away from us for a short period of time. We can't touch it, we can't smell it (usually.....ewwwww!), or even see it depending on how bad it is. Figured it out yet? It is our health. Without good health, life is extremely difficult no matter what our circumstances are. And I speak from experience. I won't bore you with everything that has gone on these past 6 1/2 years that I now lovingly call a roller coaster from hell. But I will try my best to give a quick breakdown. :)
Picture this. It was 2011 and I was in the bathroom washing my face before heading to bed. Out of nowhere I get the idea that maybe I should start putting lotion on my neck. It's not going to look young forever ya know so I might as well try to help it out now. =) I quickly stiffen in the mirror as I feel a lump below my jawline in my neck. Thoughts for the next minute which felt more like an eternity flooded my head. None of which were too pretty. I tried calming myself seeing that I have a habit of automatically thinking the worst. A doctor's appointment could not come soon enough. The first appointment went well it seemed. I can look back now and laugh at how naive I was because each and every doctor's visit after that..... not so much. I felt like every time I was banging my head against a very large never-ending brick wall. It is amazing the strength and perseverance one can find in the most unexpected places.
I have to share with you a discussion a dear friend and I had out of frustration. We were talking about all the problems we were facing with the doctors we had seen. Any resemblance of an answer seemed like light years away. We were sick and tired of being sick and tired! So, we came up with a brilliant idea. It was phenomenal if there actually was a way to make it happen. Are you ready?!?!?! What if there was a simple machine you could "hook yourself up to" that sent a small current through your body, took a blood sample, you put in some personal information (ie. symptoms, how long they have gone on for, diet, family history, etc.) and it breaks down what is going bonkers in your system. Would that not be amazing?! HELLO JACKPOT! I know there are many tests and several exams and procedures that doctors perform. I have experienced many of them multiple times. However, after battling a considerable amount of symptoms that some days leave me incapable of functioning....I would seriously love a machine like this! Fast forward to today and a multitude of doctors later and I have FINALLY found two doctors who are trying to help me wrangle all the crazy.
The importance of this, TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF! Find what makes your heart and soul sing and do it! For too many years I neglected myself. We cannot fully take care of those we love if we don't take care of ourselves. You only have one body you are given. Treat it with respect and never take for granted the ability to get up in the morning, dress yourself, and walk out your door. Some days, that is the only positive thing I have to hold on to in order to get me through the day. Not everyone is blessed to be able to do such things. For some, it is only a dream. And if you are someone who is unwell and you are not getting the answers you need, keep on trucking until you find the right doctor. I have seen well over 30 different doctors (I stopped counting because it was depressing) and it has taken years of searching and trying. It is not easy and there are times I have given up. But advocating for myself after my pity parties is what is leading me to answers.
In what ways do you try to stay healthy? How do you make sure you take care of yourself? What problems have you come across? How did you overcome them? Remember, you are never alone. We are all in this together!