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Friday, April 27, 2012

5 Challenges & 5 Victories

The top 5 challenges of my health focus:
  1. Overcoming the stigma and misunderstanding that abounds about Migraine.
  2. Not allowing the words and actions of others break me down.
  3. Having to change and/or cancel plans.
  4. Being faced with so many decisions - about self-care, treatments, etc.
  5. Not being paralyzed by the fear associated with chronic illness - keeping it from taking over and preventing me from doing anything.
The top 5 small victories that keep me going:
  1. Individuals that comment and/or email me and tell me that my words have said what they feel but have been unable to say.
  2. Individuals that come to me to find out more about my experiences with specific treatments... it may be the first time they're being really proactive in their healthcare decisions, and I'm blessed to be a part of it.
  3. Cherish moments with lower pain (don't take them for granted), no matter how few and far between they might be.
  4. A stronger marriage, despite all of the obstacles and challenges of chronic illness (so grateful!).
  5. An incredibly loving and supportive group of people online (from blogs, facebook groups, etc). I've made some amazing friendships that I probably would never have had without chronic illness.
This post was written as part of the Health Activist Writer's Awareness Challenge (HAWMC).