Recently, I was asked to describe how Lyme Disease has changed my life.
Originally, the words that I used to try to answer this question reeked of pain.
Truthfully, yes, this disease has broken me in ways I never thought possible. But I can’t go there. Going there would only be a setback. If you are this sick, the slightest bit of negative energy can really mess with your healing process.
When I was amid four different diagnoses, I received some advice that continues to stick with me through this endless storm:
“That’s what defines you— how you deal with it. You get no points for wallowing.”
Though it’s just a quote, the impact it had on me was monumental. I didn’t believe it at first, but I’ve come to find that you really DO need a positive attitude to get through something this life-altering. No, I’m not saying that you should “find the bright side” of everything. I’m a firm believer in letting someone find positivity on their own, instead of forcing them to look for it. Forcing someone to hunt for the “bright side” is a sure-fire way to send someone right down bitter lane.