Living with a Chronic Illness is not easy it tries every part of your being. The news can be devastating that there is no cure at all for it. We hurt on the inside and no one can see our pain unless we are in a full blown flare up. I have battled this chronic illness since a young girl and sometimes I just want to quit knowing that I have to deal with it for the rest of my life. I continue to tell myself quitting is not an option and that this illness doesn’t have me under control I, have it. There are 3 top things that have helped me get through my chronic illness through the years and without them I would not be as far as I am today.
- Staying encouraged through reading my bible- When I first started reading my bible I didn’t understand a thing, but I began to pray about it and God began to open my eyes. Reading my bible cause me to want to know even more and also change my mindset about how I see my illness. My faith became strong and I realized I was not alone and that God is with me every step of the way. Faith was my magic key to unlock my box of chronic illness. I will never see the same again.
- Changing my Diet– Looking back at my health it was horrible.I hated veggies and fruits were okay. I was lacking so many vitamins, my nutritious stats were a mess. So I changed my diet for the first time. I started off with a 3-day cleanse and to this day I can not find the recipe that I used for this, but I do remember drinking loads of ( slim tea) and a few times a meal called the cabbage salad it had ( cabbage, lemon, salt and olive oil) this was so gross 🙂 but I was up for anything. I lost 10lbs in 3 days, that is always great motivation to get you started. After doing this I started to put the daniel fast to the test. This changed everything, this confirmed what my body could take and what it couldn’t as much as food goes.
- Exercise- While I was on my fast, they say it’s not best to workout. Since I am so stubborn I did. I started off by walking about 2 miles I, slowly increased the miles to about 5 miles a day. It was such a breath of fresh air, walking allowed me to clear my mind and to begin to think positive about my life. You never know how much negative you have built up until you have to let it go. After weeks passed I then started to workout with different DVD cd’s using up to about 15lbs weights. ” If your bones are weak, you need muscle to keep them protected”. I began to notice I was sleeping better, moving better and even smiling because I was happy and not trying to mask pain.
I could not believe I was feeling so much better. My doctor’s visits became less, and I found myself saying I can do without the medications I was prescribed *(I do not recommend you going off your medication, it takes a lot of work, it’s a whole journey in itself only if you are ready for a challenge) I have been without medication for 5 years now, but I do my Daniel fast in moderation and control what I eat. my fitness journey has been setback due to a few personal situations but it is key in my chronic illness journey.
Without these 3 things, I would still struggle with my illness today it takes hard work to stay on top of your illness. Remember you are a warrior and fight for your life, you only have one.