I have to sometimes wonder that. I decided recently that I refuse to give in to Fibromyalgia. I refuse to give up and stop doing things and going anywhere. I am determined to keep active and continue to do the things I love even if they are a struggle a lot of the time. Is that denial that I have a chronic condition that causes widespread pain, cognitive issues, fatigue and balance issues among other things? Or is it just refusing to give up and live life to the fullest?
I am determined that for as long as I can I am going to continue to walk, hike, drive (as long as it’s safe), and do all the things I took for granted before being diagnosed. I’ve done this for the last 15 years off an on. Sometimes I did let it get the best of me and I stopped working, stopped living and hid away. My life is much different now though. I have a job I can work from home at my own pace. I have a loving and supportive husband who though sometimes likely annoyed never lets it show.
Encouragement and determination are my friends. I refuse to slow down unless I need to. I understand sometimes my body is overwhelmed with pain and fatigue and I just need to rest. So I plan to rest and then get right back up and keep going. I am not letting Fibromyalgia stop me from accomplishing my dreams. I am not letting it stop my husband and I from accomplishing our dreams together. I am not letting it take control. I have control. I have options. I have support. I have everything I need to live life to the fullest and I fully plan to do so!