Be Your Best Advocate
You know yourself and your body better than anyone else.
I think this is one of the hardest lessons I have ever learned. We tend to take our bodies and our intuition for granted. Sometimes we trust our Doctors more than ourselves because they are the experts after all. As we all know they are humans after all and with so many illnesses with overlapping symptoms it could be easy to misdiagnosis one for the other.
Then we have chronic pain and like I have said before people don’t understand what they can’t see and that includes our doctors who are supposed to help us and be on our side. There are some amazing doctors out there who do everything they possibly can to help patients with chronic pain. Then there are doctors who don’t think it’s real and will say it’s in our heads and we need to just get over it. When you are the one in constant pain and know something isn’t right don’t give up because “the expert” says your wrong. We need to be our own advocate. Many of us have great support systems, but the one person who won’t ever let you down is… you.
Advocating for yourself doesn’t just have to be for health, but really in any aspect of life from dealing with school, friends, physical, mental and emotional reasons. For the longest time I trusted others to make decisions for me or to stand up for me, but I was only hurting myself. The second you start taking control of your life and your body the faster you will become free. You know your truth and you need to believe in yourself because when you can do that you can move mountains.
There will always be nay-sayers no matter what you do. No matter how good of a person you are. No matter if you are doing something for your community. No matter if your illness is on the outside or not. Don’t let the negative people tear you down and make you feel like you are wrong because you aren’t.