Dealing with Illness

My dr. asked me the other day how I was handling my diabetes diagnosis. I told her that I’ve been diagnosed for a while now, so why was she asking. She said that many folks get diagnosed, flip out and keep flipping. I told her that I just deal with it and move on. I flipped, got over it and have been dealing ever since. I rationalized that I could have worse things, and indeed I could. And that taking care of myself and this disease is something that will benefit me all around, so I don’t see the problem, as problems go.

Let me break this down for you.

I once was a skinny little twig who could eat anything she wanted. I was encouraged to eat, even engorge myself because I was a skinny little twig. No one taught the skinny little twig about nutrition and exercise. They just told her to keep eating. One day, in her late 20s, the twig was diagnosed with diabetes. Say what?! Yes, the twig didn’t see the connection of both her father and grandfather having the dreaded disease. Even though all three of them were rather slim. Genetics is a b*tch. Anyway, the twig had to learn good nutrition and exercise, even as her metabolism slowed and she was no longer a twig.

So now I try to eat right and exercise regularly. Do I always do this? Heck no. I’ve fallen off of the wagon more times than I can count. I go up and down in weight and go up and down with nutrition, especially when stressed, which is often because complete world domination is stressful business.

So why am I not terribly upset about my diagnosis? Because like I said above, there are a whole lot of other worse thing in the world I could have. Treating my disease makes me have to do right by me, mind body and spirit. I have to be aware of my stressors, and how to counteract them. Which means some serious stress reduction, I’ve cut out lots of people, places and things that cause me stress. I try not to major in the minor, because it will kill me. So basically, if I seem like I don’t care, it’s probably because I don’t. I can’t afford to. I do things that make me happy first. I have to, I cannot worry about what makes others happy, and if they really love me, like they say they do, they will enjoy it as well. It’s almost that simple. I am that chi finder, the chakra aligning, and meditating tree hugger, minus the trees. It’s all Zen for me baby. And when I can’t find the Zen, I put the world on pause until I do. Yes it’s just that important. I try to exercise on the regular, even if it’s just a 10 minute walk around my building, gotta keep it moving, physical stillness is the enemy. And being aware of what I eat, we all know how that goes so I don’t need to elaborate.

Recap, mental stillness good, physical stillness bad. I refuse to let what could kill me, actually kill me.
So how do you deal?

6 comment(s) thus far...:

[flahy] [blak] [chik] said...

Almost 2 yrs ago I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Which isn't as bad as the Lupus that runs on my father's side. So I was a lot happier to know I didn't have to deal with Lupus.

2 yrs later, I've only had 2 major flare ups. I know my triggers, and I've totally weened myself off of meds.

When you have a positive mental health, the physical health isn't that horrible of a situation to deal with.

Naturally Alise said...

Girl, my mama has RA, and I was diagnosed with lupus this year (Sorry Tiha don't think I told you, I suck as a friend, lol)... Hope to get to the weaning of drugs one day...

jas said...

Seeing as how my own mom was just diagnosed with Diabetes [aka 'Da Suga'], I will refrain from my initial reaction in saying something a bit lewd on ways in which to manage Life’s temptations and frustrations. How do I deal?: (1) By creating healthy distractions to certain inclinations and /or (2) by limiting how much of the [proverbial] crap that I give myself, to discourage others from thinking they can give me some of theirs.

家榮家榮 said...

好多很有用資訊...感謝你的分享喔............................................................

雅莊王edgd春2蕙婷余惠其 said...

堅持是為著某種目的或目標,而持續不斷朝向既定方向努力的一種意念。..................................................

王建勳 said...

臨淵羨魚,不如退而結網。............................................................

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