One of the biggest things that I remember about chronic illness is how weak and vulnerable I felt and how terrified I was by this disease that in a matter of weeks, had taken away the life and health that I took for granted.
I wanted to beat it.
I was determined to become the first person to ever cure myself of Hashimoto’s, no matter what it took.
Luckily for me this was a very positive form of denial that got me started on making the diet and lifestyle changes that I needed to make, to give my body its best possible chance of healing and reversing much of the inflammation and damage that decades of unknowingly living with chronic autoimmune disease had done to it.
It’s a very normal response to want to fight something that is so dangerous and damaging, that takes away your feelings of control and security in yourself and in your body.
We have wars on all sorts of things.
Wars on cancer.
Wars on drugs.
Wars on other types of diseases with awareness raising, public campaigns and fund raising for research.
So it’s pretty natural that when chronic illness comes into your life, that you want to wage a war to win and fight it with everything you have to beat it and not allow it to take over your life.
But when it comes to chronic illness, is that really the best decision to make for you and your health?
In episode 3, I explore why we have this model of “fighting illness,” unpack how it can actually make the disease worse and give you some real life examples of things you can do, that will actually give you more peace, less stress and lots more happiness in your day to day life.
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