Is it denial or living life to the fullest?

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!

6 thoughts on “Is it denial or living life to the fullest?

  1. I think this is only a sign of strength and willpower, that you decide to not give in and let the disease rule your life, but you decide to live your life as you want to live it. My mother is the same. Stubborn and continues to do the things she wants to do. I like that. I know of people who just lie down on a bed instead.

    1. Thank Susanne. I can’t say I haven’t been tempted at times and sometimes I’m just like I’ll do it another day. Especially when it comes to getting energy and will power to clean and cook. But I find the more I get outside and walk the more energy I have for things around the house. Eddie tries to take the pressure off me and will do more than his fair share of things and it bugs me a bit because I want to do more. But I feel that if I can get out, enjoy the fresh air, walk, hike and do the things I enjoy then the benefits of that such as increased energy, losing weight, gaining strength might help me in the long run with the things I feel too tired to do or finish.

  2. This is such a positive and inspirational post! I am so happy you are living life to the fullest and not letting anything get in your way. I hope you achieve everything you want to and carry on living the life you love. Have a wonderful day! xx

    Bexa |

  3. I don’t think that it’s denial, I think that it’s inspiring that you choose to keep doing the things that you want to do when it’s a hardship on you.

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