Challenges: facing them and conquering them are two different things. I’m looking to 2018 with challenges ahead. The difficulties that I’m speaking of are almost all health-related. When we go from one year to the next, we tend to evaluate our past and dream about the future possibilities.
I always hope to look at the New Year with a positive mindset. I dream of good days ahead and better health. As 2017 ended, my health has gotten worse, my insurance has gotten worse, and I have no idea if I’ll find good doctors to treat me. My list of illnesses includes: Sjogren’s Syndrome, Elhers Danlos Syndrome, Mast Cell Activation Disorder, Scoliosis, Kyphosis, Lordosis, Small Cell Neuropathy and some possible illnesses (Lupus, Sleep Apnea, Psoriasis and Celiac Disease). These are my challenges!
Many writers talk of conquering your challenges. They talk of positive thinking and hard work that will cause your challenges to disappear. As I’ve lived with Chronic illnesses for a few years, I know that this sounds good, but isn’t my goal. Chronic means ongoing and (for me) not-curable. There is no cure for anything that I suffer with. But, conquering my challenges doesn’t have to bring me to despair.
All I need to do is to face my challenges. As I face my health problems, I first need to:
Accepting chronic illnesses can be done. My challenge the last few years is the never-ending addition of new disease diagnosis’s. I know this is because I wasn’t diagnosed for many years, and then they all seemed to come at once. After accepting one disease, then a new diagnosis would appear. I would then have to accept that one, too. The process has been tiring, to say the least. But, without acceptance, I would either become bitter or just give up. Neither of these is a good thing.
Fighting difficulties is a natural reaction to some people. When I was younger, I had no trouble fighting against the odds and giving it my all to overcome. Surprisingly, I haven’t had a natural inclination to fight for my health. I haven’t given up, but also know that I need to fight harder for myself. Many of my health battles will continue to progress if I don’t fight for my health.
I hope to face my challenges by sharing them. As I share my health struggles with others, I’m giving myself a way to encourage myself and you. I have to be honest, so sometimes my posts seem very negative. But, if you have chronic illness, you understand. I also face my challenges by sharing my faith. I believe in a God who can heal, can comfort, and can provide. The encouragement and love that I get from God is something I also want you to have. And, I would love for you to share your challenges with me.
My goal for 2018 is not to conquer my challenges, but to face them. I want to do so with grace and thankfulness. I’m thankful for you, my readers, that encourage me daily. I’m thankful for my supportive family. I wish you all a Happy New Year!
2017, copyright Lisa Ehrman