Don’t get me wrong, awareness is good. I remember when I was first diagnosed with MS. Life was dark and scary and I felt really alone. I didn’t tell a whole ton of people because I was afraid of feeling even more alone. So on behalf of my MS I’ll do my duty and say “Be Aware.” (But don’t be awkwardly aware. That’s creepy.)
The first chip to fall for me was when the St. Louis Chapter of the National MS Society sponsored me to work with a trainer four times a month. Prior to that, I relied on my doctor and pharmaceuticals to change my life.
I started moving and eating smarter and my condition drastically changed. And it hit me- I own my life. Everyone else was a consultant.
- Do your own research: I recently had a conversation with a wonderful women who was newly diagnosed with MS. The conversation went like this: “Have you heard of this therapy/ food/procedure/hormone that’s supposed to heal MS?” My head was spinning after 3 minutes. But it was SUCH a cool conversation. That woman is a seeker and that is awesome. So use Google or Bing (I prefer Google) and start to learn.
- Be open to a variety of answers: No one person can be an expert in any one thing. You can probably get close but we all have our own biases. The more input, the better.
- Try out different solutions: Every person’s biological make-up is different. Don’t get stuck in the mindset that one solution is the way. Test and learn with your own body. From my perspective (and my experience with my clients), the most successful people are willing to try different solutions and give them time to work.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help: It takes a village, right? Find an expert, an open minded friend, an accountability partner, a support group, whatever. Life is easier when you have someone on your side.
Soooo… Am I saying to quit your all your medications, punch your doctor in the face, and move into a hippie commune?
We live in a world where we have unnatural inputs impacting our bodies. These unnatural inputs have unnatural consequences. And sometimes those unnatural consequences need unnatural solutions.
- Be AWARE of your body and its ability to heal itself.
- Be AWAREthat you have the opportunity to support your body so it can support you.
- Be AWARE that you are the CEO of your health.
- Be AWARE that a diagnosis does not mean you’ve lost control.
And most importantly, Be AWARE of this every day of the year.