Sitting in the doctor's office listening to him explain to me why I was beyond tired, why my bones hurt, why I had a never-ending headache and why all of these symptoms and more were slowly killing me - I was numb!
How was I supposed to feel? Here I am being diagnosed with a disease that I had never heard of and then being told that if I wanted to live longer everything about my life and lifestyle would have to change immediately! It was all so unbelievably depressing.
For the longest time I just drifted - waiting! Waiting for something to happen. Waiting for the sadness to disappear. Just Waiting! and then one day I got tired of waiting and started doing!
It took me 5 years after my diagnosis to get myself together and realize that I wasn't ready to give up and I certainly wasn't ready to die.
Because of the action I took then I am now able to help others cope with life changing unpleasant events. As a team, we work together to prepare and equip them with the necessary tools and resources designed to alleviate the press and the pain.
How do I do this?
First, I tell my story - as often as the opportunity presents itself. I refuse to be a victim of a disease that I know nothing about!
Second, I created a resource tool designed to help the Lupus Survivor understand and navigate their way to living their best life despite the diagnosis based on experience and expertise.
Third, I made my time available to the public.
You can read all about how I gathered up the strength to overcome denial and depression and began taking control of my health and well-being so I could move forward with learning to live my best life in my book - Learning to Live Healthy - A Lupus Survivor's Story.
And when you are ready to take charge of your own health, you can purchase the interactive workbook - Learning to Live Healthy- The Workbook. This 5 point interactive workbook will become an asset to your learning process. The activities provide a personalized guide in the development of specific coping skills and techniques that will be beneficial to your healthy lifestyle and is available for digital download (Click here).
And finally, if you just want to have a conversation you can schedule a COMPLIMENTARY call with me at www.TalkTimeWithMicheleMikkiJones.as.me
Whichever way you choose to be informed and aware is a step in the right direction for your health and well-being.
Remember: You are your first line of defense and the creator of your plan of self-care. I am a resources to accompany you along your journey.
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