Living With An Illness

Years ago, I found myself crawled over in the middle of a restaurant with excruciating stomach pains. After having to be carried to the car by my dad, I went home to sleep off the pain. A few years passed before the pains returned, and when they did, I went to a gastroenterologist to find out what was wrong. Let’s just say that I was given just about every test possible, did blood work, found myself becoming acquainted with various medical machines, and even had to get a colonoscopy and endoscopy, only to find out that I have mild, nonspecific colitis. In layman’s terms, it’s a stomach illness that can cause terrible pains and often times makes the toilet your best friend. However the fact that it is nonspecific makes it difficult to understand the illness, so let’s just say I was a guinea pig to numerous medications, none of which helped.

When it comes to Illness, I’ve noted that from the moment the doctor first diagnoses you with an Illness, you begin to feel somewhat emotional, wondering, “Why me?” From even the most minor Illness to the most severe one, you question how this came about, and ponder why you have to be the one receiving this diagnosis. If you’re lucky, your doctor may tell you about a support group you can join, but often times he or she is too busy to start discussing matters like that.

It can be extremely frustrating when you feel as though you are paying every doctor and specialist to help you, but not one person can figure out how to do so, let alone figure out what the problem is. There are countless numbers of Illnesses without cures or treatments, and unfortunately, except for testing out various medications to find out which one works best, there isn’t much that anyone can do for you if the cause of your Illness is unknown. I know how trying such a situation can be, but believe it or not, there are plenty of other people out there who know exactly what you are going through.

I know that my stomach problem isn’t a life threatening Illness, but just like everyone else, I have two options. I can choose to sit around all day feeling sorry for myself, knowing that my stomach pain will return again sometime soon, or I can remain positive, and go out and enjoy myself. There are so many choices for us to make in our lives and the attitude we decide to have each and every day is one of those choices. Do I want to stay inside all day, drowning in my sorrows, or would I rather go outside and enjoy the beautiful day that I could become a part of?

We have each been blessed with the gift of life, and with that, we should be enjoying ourselves to the fullest. Get up and make the best out of your day, and remember that your Illness does not have control over you or your life. You do. We each have a buffet full of choices in life, but with the main meals being positivity and negativity, you had better choose positivity. And as a helpful hint, not only did I hear that negativity doesn’t taste very good, but I happen to have received an anonymous tip that positivity is the chef’s personal favorite.

9 comments on “Living With An Illness

  1. So sorry you’ve been going through this. Have you tried cutting down on your gluten intake? I did this a few years back, and all of my “mystery stomach problems” seemed to go away. Something worth looking into.

    • danbalva says:

      I went dairy-free for a few months and gluten-free too, but neither diet helped. I plan on trying the gluten-free diet once more sometime in the near future, because I’m hearing from more and more people that it helps them so one of these days I’ll start that up again. Thanks!

  2. JennyO says:

    Love it… such a great reminder.

  3. Thanks for sharing, i really feel you on this! Thanks for visiting my site today also!

  4. Food Forays says:

    I’ve been living with chronic pain for three years now, after a serious injury. You’re exactly right… we can CHOOSE to drown in our sorrows, or we can CHOOSE to take part in life, and make it the best possible life we can. My whole life changed in a moment, and I’m finally moving forward again, and through the pain, forging a new life that I can find happiness in.

    As an aside, you should also look up Candida Yeast. It’s a problem for SO many people, and my son was going through something similar…excruciating pain etc, and I got him a cleanse for Candida, and have been more careful with our diet, and he’s been doing SO well since. He takes a daily supplement that prevents the yeast from building back up in his body, and causing problems.

    • danbalva says:

      I’m so glad to hear that you’ve found a way to overcome your chronic pains and work towards finding happiness, regardless of this setback. It really is inspirational and gives others a push to do the same so I hope you realize that 🙂 and thanks for the advice! I’ll definitely look into it!

  5. I side with the first comment. Limiting your diet may be the key. I have to do that sometimes when my stomach unexpectedly acts up. That and exercise more.

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