Responding to my friend, T’s blog today I realized something pretty powerful. As I read all the challenges she s facing going back to school; I also realized that this woman who I met initially and bonded with completely because of a disease is my constant mirror. In her reflections I see myself.
Thriving T* and I met, became friends and made a bond with each other that we would not rest beside negativity in our environments, and NOT looking at our lives as we are the victims of anything. We so are not. Instead she & I have a made a promise that we have kept. The promise that despite what is going on with our bodies we are still in as much charge over our own lives as before. We have the power to thrive.
Thriving means moving forward with life. Not letting the road bumps in the journey throw you out of the race. My friend Thriving T* sets a perfect example. Checking my own self inventory against the back drop of this promise has kept me focused. I am not defined by one thing in my life. why would I allow an illness railroad me? Thankfully I am ahead of this illness and know its antics. I am in more control now than I ever have been.
You will find at T* blog http://itsarealpain.wordpress.com/2012/09/22/day-104the-spark/#comment-614 full of postings of graciousness and kindness. Thriving T* is a power house to be reckoned with and as someone who has Fibromyalgia as well. I am most impressed with what this woman does in spite it. She is a friend of my own heart.
Thriving T* has kept me on my less than narrow path when I started to falter. She is a constant gentle reminder that I can do this. I can make what I need changing - different. What I want & need it to be. I have much assurance that when I leap I am going to be caught, There is no fear, that has been replaced by Faith.
So when this Baroness uses the term ” I am thriving” in spite of Fibromyalgia (+ two autoimmune diseases) it is to say that I am not just “getting by” I am thriving. I am thriving right on through this life of mine. As is my good friend and sister Thriving T* We are warriors over our disease, we are the masters of how we process and assimilate what life throws at us.
In our own world [of health] sometimes there is little control over what is happening to the body. That unwinding sense of loss of control over your life can be something that takes a person out. Sadly it happens. In order to thrive learning there is much you can do about some things concerning your health, there are thousands of choices to be made to that end. Choosing options that allow myself to thrive is my choice, and it has continued to serve me well.
Thriving beautifully on the wings of living well