Today, WEGO Health has asked us to share about a time I had to overcome a daunting challenge.
My toughest challenger is my own body!
As a Mentor for the National Psoriasis Foundation and as part of TalkPsoriasis and other patient groups, I hear from the newly diagnosed. They are reaching out because they may not understand what is going on with their bodies or are frightened and need to talk with someone who understands.
As a person who's been there, this City Girl is honored to have the opportunity to give back and lend support to the newly diagnosed. When I decided to see my primary care physician and bring all of my complaints to her, I could not straighten my right leg, could only wear sneakers to work because of the deformities in my feet, was limping, had open lesions on both feet, was swollen from my hips to my toes, had scaly eyelids and cystic acne. Attractive, right? Although I appreciated finally having a diagnosis and feeling like there was hope, the thought of having two incurable diseases that would be unpredictable to manage and may force me into early retirement nearly tipped my scale into panic mode.
How was I going to enjoy New York City with all that going on??!!!
Now, I am glad to report that remission is possible. I make sure my mentees hear that they do not need to panic. We have more control over this than we think we do. A winning attitude, ability to de-stress, nutrition and exercise all play a big part in our treatment. These do not come in a bottle from the pharmacy. Close communication with physicians you feel you can trust is key. They need to hear what isn't working, so they can get you closer to something that does.
Can you cure yourself with food, exercise and meditation? I do not know. But, I do know that the wrong foods, a sedentary life and stress can definitely make things worse. Thanks for taking this journey with me. You, Reader, are a source of inspiration to me.
Search #HAWMC on Twitter to read what other e-health activists have to say about their Challengers. Until tomorrow.