As people with health conditions, we all go through times where we are challenged by what our health conditions may do to us physically. What we are able to do today isn't what we were able to _____ many years ago, you fill in the blank. Depending on how we feel physically can play on role on our emotional feelings as well. It all depends on the situation. If I'm prepping for a test that requires me to miss a week of my medication especially those nausea and clean out medications that I can't function without as well as live on a liquid diet, HELLO! I'm going to be bloated, miserable, nauseous, and weak. I'm not going to be able to eat much less get off the couch. Emotionally I am not going to be in a good place because my attitude and outlook is going to stink at times. I learned shortly after realizing that my diagnosis was "here to stay" that I couldn't click my heels like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and go back. I started putting up my favorite Bible verses, quotes and sayings around my home and place of employment (when I worked) to just help remind me of what my personal focus is. Don't get me wrong, I still have my days where I have set backs just like everyone else but I'm working on it.
"My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever." Psalm 73:26
This is my favorite Bible verse. I have had it in my office cube at work, my bedroom mirror, my refrigerator even on my hospital room nurses information board. I find so much comfort and encouragement from this verse. Regardless to what my come and happen to me, God will be my strength.
"Never, Never, Never Give Up!" - Winston Churchill
I love this quote. It's simply but straight to the point. I am determined and stubborn and on those bad days when I want to say "Okay, I've had a enough!" I reread this quote and it reminds me of my some of my goals and principles as a person.
"May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be."
If I would have had a dollar for every time I have read that.... I'm just saying.
This just reassures me. I am where I am today for a reason and I don't know why. Hopefully one day people won't have to experience what I've dealt with medically but if I can help one person, I'm okay with that. I don't consider my disease a punishment in anyway. It has made me look at life in a different way than I use too.
"If you can learn from your suffering, and really come to understand the lesson you were taught, you might be able to help someone else who's now in the phase you may have just completed. Maybe that's what it's all about after all..." - Kimberly Stegman-Dieckmann
Kimberly is my sweet friend and the founder of The Gastroparesis Awareness Campaign Organization. When I was first finding my footing with my diagnosis as well as learning the ropes with cleaning out Kimberly showed me the way. She answered countless emails, questions and texts. She explained to me how to live with a disease such as Gastroparesis and have a different outlook than what was expected. I will always be thankful to her for that.