Why settle for ordinary when you can be extraordinary? No matter when your diagnosis was, it is never too late to begin choosing an extraordinary life with autoimmunity. What a week! My team and I have been leading an amazing Autoimmune Detox Workshop for the whole week where I showed up to teach and share all about the toxins in our lives. It’s in the thoughts that we think, feelings that we feel, the foods that we eat, air that we breathe and the chemicals all around. I shared how we can’t escape it, so we must strengthen our body to be able to embrace the toxins in our lives and be more resilient. We do this by focusing on the solution, not the problem. It’s about the fundamental principles of health rather than focusing on the doing.
I discussed that if we can enhance the three essential functions of the body, all will fall into place to not only reverse your symptoms but have you show up as the healthiest version of yourself. The three are:
Today, I want to shift your thinking from Victim to Hero. Too often when diagnosed with a condition or struggle with a symptom, we fall into the fear trap. Fear of unknown, fear of sickness, fear, just because. As a control-seeking and high-performing individual, my autoimmunity caused my life to come to a screeching halt. As a twenty-something confident young woman about to start her life, autoimmunity felt like a train wreck in my life. Everything I’ve known and done was no longer.
Life was predictable and everything was going according to my “plan.” Autoimmunity began to take my hair, cause marks on my skin, zapped me of my energy, and I just couldn’t be myself no matter how hard I tried.
I remember thinking that surely the medical doctors can figure this out. But after going from specialist to specialist with a growing list of meds and shoulder shrugs every where I went, I become progressively weary. Finally, when I was diagnosed with Lupus, my Rheumatologist told me it was absolutely “manageable.” I’d just have to take plaquenil and corticosteroids for the rest of my life. That there are other immuno-suppressive agents that can also help me to minimize the symptoms.
For me, this was not acceptable. The side effects of the corticosteroids were scarier than Lupus itself. It simply didn’t make sense to me and I refused to believe what he told me.
We All Have a Choice
My 20 years of Lupus now feels to me like a lost person in the wild forest with no way out. Except I didn’t even know I was trapped in this wild forest at the time. Frantically trying to make my exit out of this forest has been my mission, and I want to offer you that there’s a different way to think about your autoimmunity. When life offers you lemons, you can either frown and succumb to its effects or you can make lemonade out of lemons.
When faced with obstacles, we have a choice to:
- Quit and wait for answers.
- Seek the hidden opportunity in the situation.
The latter will always help you to grow and expand your thinking. But most are left overwhelmed and confused about their condition and choose the former as a way to cope. The problem is that they fall prey to this “trap” and can’t see themselves out of it.
Let me ask you, what do you want? Do you want to reverse your symptoms and continue with the life you were living? Were you the epitome of health prior to the diagnosis?
Chances are that you struggled with sub-optimal health for years before finally getting the symptoms or been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition. So, even if you reverse your symptoms, how healthy will your life be when it’s subject to the inevitable effects of aging?
Making the Odds in Our Favor
Because aging itself is inflammatory, the odds are stacked against us. So in the absence of disease, we must continue to make the odds in our favor.
Why? Because we can.
Autoimmunity threatened my life, but more importantly, it threatened the one thing that mattered: motherhood. It meant war. I thought about who I wanted to become. I envisioned being an amazing mom to my two boys and wanted so much to show up as the healthy mom. While they progressed in their lives, I didn’t want to stay sickly on the sidelines. I wanted to create an extraordinary life for them. Autoimmunity served as a wake-up call to explore myself and understand what I needed to change.
But first I needed to get clear on what my goal post was. I needed to re-define “healthy.”
Define Your “Extraordinary”
So, here’s what it meant to become extraordinary in my life and how I began choosing an extraordinary life with autoimmunity.
1. I wanted to be the fittest I’ve ever been.
2. I wanted to be the healthy mom who taught her kids healthy habits and share the core values of commitment to excellence, integrity, finishing what you start, being kind and self-respect.
3. In my business, I wanted to create the best Autoimmune program that aims to do much more than reverse symptoms of autoimmunity. I wanted a transformative experience that allows Autoimmune Rebels to dare greatly because they can.
4. I wanted to have the healthiest relationships with my family based on unconditional love, trust and healthy boundaries.
5. I want to leave a legacy and make this world a bit better however way I can.
6. I want to do work that matters and makes a profound impact on people.
I want to call all those who are challenged with sickness or disease and first give you a big loving hug and let you know that you are not alone. And I also want to be the one to tell you that there are no limits to what you can accomplish, not despite but because of your autoimmunity.
There was not a single person who told me this along my journey. They were just as scared or confused as I was.
From Impossible to I am Possible
But today, I want to extend this amazing opportunity to those of you currently struggling in darkness and who feel like they are completely alone and scared of what to expect. I want to let you know that whatever you want to achieve in life, you can do it. You can begin choosing an extraordinary life with autoimmunity.
Autoimmunity does not mean that you’re broken. It’s a calling to use it as a spring board to jump high above the fogginess of the clouds and lift higher to gain clarity and focus to achieve the impossible. Because “Impossible” is really “I am possible.”
Don’t worry about what and the how’s. Your brain will seize up and will create evidence and defend its limitations.
How about you come with me along this wild ride and dare to be extraordinary?