Little Engine: I Think I Can

I’ve really been pushing myself today as I woke up feeling tired.  Doing my new Pilates routine energized me.  With Myasthenia Gravis (MG, my neuromuscular autoimmune disease), it can be hard to keep going when I don’t feel like it.  I’ve met many amazing people with Lupus, Muscular Dystrophy, MS, and Fibromyalgia who do it everyday.  In addition to MG, I also live with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Bipolar Disorder.  I believe that we need to speak truth to the lies that pain (emotional or physical) brings.  Affirmations are powerful; they inspire us to keep going.  This brings me to today’s WEGO question as I continue blogging for National Health Blog Post Month

You Can Do It!
You Can Do It!

Write 3 lines that start with “I think I can…”

Then write 3 lines that start with “I know I can…”

MY ANSWER:

I Know I Can…

1.  I know I can keep going no matter what happens today.

2.  I know God is with me.

3.  I know I have people I can count on if I get lonely.

I Think I Can…

1.  I think I can exercise today; excited to do new Pilates routine.

2.  I think I can finish an article for my blog, Fashionably ill, today.

3.  I think I can find a way to laugh today no matter how I feel.

I don’t do affirmations everyday.  But, over the past decade, I have learned that knowing truths and speaking them back to myself (not necessarily aloud) has been powerful in pushing back despair–whether that comes from depression or PCOS pain or autoimmune fatigue.  Even for patients without diagnosed mental illness, chronic physical pain and fatigue can cause crippling depression.  While other tools are great (therapy, friends, family), we need internal tools to survive.  That’s what affirmations are–encouragement we find within ourselves based on past experience and our values.  In my case, for example, faith and exercise are an integral part of my identity and survival.

How can you encourage yourself?  Do you use affirmations?  Stay tuned as I continue blogging for WEGO’s Challenge.

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Jessica Gimeno

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Hi, I have five illnesses--bipolar disorder, myasthenia gravis (neuromuscular autoimmune disease), polycystic ovarian syndrome, asthma, and psoriasis. Most of the organs in my body are affected. I'm dedicated to being a stylist for sick women. As someone who has experienced changes in my appearance due to my 12 meds (including Prednisone), I know how hard it can be when your face and body change overnight. (In fact, because of treatment, between 2008 to 2010, I went from a size 0 to a size 10. While I lost the weight, there are permanent changes in my face and body, which I've grown to appreciate.) My blog will also help women deal with other issues like surviving chronic pain and fatigue. Healthy people can also use this blog as a window into what life with illness is like. Let this website be a place where we can draw strength from each other despite our illnesses and find solutions to our everyday challenges!

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