Have you ever wished you were more positive in life? Or perhaps you’re just tired of hearing people demand it of you without offering the means to do so? Then we share something in common. This blog is a journey taken by someone who has never learned to go beyond pleasing others in order to fulfill their own happiness. But that changes today. Today is a new opportunity for me to move towards a healthier life in the face of a chronic medical condition currently known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). Through critical, and sometimes painful, self-searching, each blog post will examine a specific personal topic with the hopes of reaching a resolution that encourages greater optimism.
I was diagnosed with CRPS in April 2012 at the age of 29. I celebrated my 10-year wedding anniversary with my wonderful husband, an evolutionary geneticist, just the month prior. I am just beginning to learn how this disease manifests itself as well as how to navigate through the healthcare system web. I’ve always had a passion for writing and health topics. After experiencing difficulty finding first-hand accounts, I took the plunge by starting this blog. My mother has been my inspiration. I moved my job to the lobby of MD Anderson for a period of time following her bone marrow transplant to treat her stage IV lymphoma in 2008.
With big dreams and great commitment to success, it will be important to seize every opportunity possible to overcome the challenges that have knocked on my doorstep: mind, heart, and soul.
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha