When I was first diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, I was relieved. I finally had answers to what was going on with my body.
For those that aren’t familiar with Hashimoto’s, it’s an autoimmune condition that swings between hyper and hypothyroidism. It’s a roller coaster of symptoms and emotions. You never know how you are going to feel each day.
My goal has been to heal and to get into remission. However, during the process I have had to learn to find the small joys to get through each day, making the best of living with Hashimoto’s.
This has proven to be a more difficult task than I would have guessed. Yes, on good days, I am up and running with the best of them. It’s the bad days that I struggle. I struggle with frustration about how I can be fine when I wake but after breakfast have symptoms so severe I want to curl up and hide from the rest of the world. This really isn’t an option for me and I’d dare to say most people living with an autoimmune disorder.
I’ve realized that even on bad days, there are so many joys around me. Looking at each of them helps take the focus on what I can’t do or what went wrong. It allows me to look at the blessings that surround me and allows me to be thankful.
I’ve stopped beating myself up for the things I didn’t accomplish.
I’ve started looking at what I did get done.
I no longer blame myself for what my body is doing.
I look at how my body is healing instead.
I don’t get upset with people who ‘don’t get it”.
I’m thankful for the people who love and support me each day.
Each day really has become a gift to me. It’s another day to live life and look for the joys around me. Before I roll out of bed I thank God for another day as there is no promise for tomorrow.
Some days it’s easy and others days it is a struggle to look at the good. But, all it takes now is to see a colorful sunset or the opening bloom of a flower to make me stop and think about how blessed I am. The little gifts around me in a not so perfect body.
I don’t plan on living the rest of my life with Hashimoto’s. However, I pray that I can keep the same attitude of finding the joy in each day as I move forward in healing.
Living with an autoimmune disorder is a struggle, what helps you get through the tough days?