Powerless Autoimmune Patient to Empowered Rebel

by | Aug 19, 2020 | Lupus Blog | 0 comments

Hey everyone. Today I will be talking about shifting your mindset and actions from “powerless autoimmune patient” to “empowered rebel.” When diagnosed with autoimmunity, or even just beginning to feel “sick,” the fear of the unknown will have you overwhelmed and confused. You will sit there waiting for whatever to happen rather than directing your results. You must focus on your intention, as that is the most important.

Your intention will have you thinking thoughts that create beliefs.  This will trigger feelings, feelings drive actions and cumulative actions will produce results. If you believe that autoimmunity is not curable, you won’t take the necessary actions to try to reverse your condition.  

At first, your life as an autoimmune patient may have you searching for answers from the conventional doctors.  Because you want to know what’s going on, it’s important to get a “diagnosis” if only to rule out whatever is going on with you.

If you struggle with ANTs like most of us, we play out the worst case scenario. From this place of fear, anxiety and vulnerability, you go from specialist to specialist to get the verdict.  Once you do receive the verdict, it takes a while to get your head around what your life will look like. Your ambitions, aspirations and goals look very different.  Even the idea of “health” looks different for each and every one of us.

No matter the severity of your condition, most of us get transfixed on whatever it is that the doctors tells us because we all tend to respect authority. This is true until you have a few labs, visit, weeks, months and years living as an autoimmune patient.

Powerless Patients

I see two types the autoimmune patient. First, we have Powerless Patients.  These patients hang onto every word of the doctor and get used to the life as a “patient.” They begin to identify themselves with the condition, and soon it becomes a part of their identity.  Feeling sick and debilitated becomes the norm, and they “accept” their new life as the “patient” who routinely gets sick and needs monthly biologic injections.

Over time, it becomes easy to adapt to this new life.  I can’t tell you the countless times I’ve sat in the waiting rooms at various Rheumatologists’ offices to see patients who have succumbed to the life that requires a whole day at the infusion center.  They bring their walkers, fast food bags, and some even brings their spouse who sits with them to watch Netflix or multiple movies.

I hated being there and wondered why I had to waste my precious time sitting there. If I wanted to watch Netflix, it’s usually on my terms, not because I have to.

I get it.  Sometimes, we have to practice the art of acceptance.  Why resist it?  So for me, rather than sitting there watching Netflix, I would take green juice to drink and work with the port in me injecting me with whatever my doctor deemed I needed until I didn’t.

Empowered Rebels

Second, we have Empowered Rebels. What does it mean to be empowered? Learning your autoimmunity, what it is and understanding your role in living with this condition is the first thing.  Navigating your sick care system is one that requires you to understand your health insurance, what is covered, what is not, and what you can use to allow you to  bridge the gap between healthcare and sick care. It’s also important to know what is your deductible, budget and that when your antibodies are stable you can play with dose, number of meds and tapering down strategically with your doctor.  

But you must be sure of your goal and be willing to do the things outside your visits that are necessary. There are tests that are beyond the routine tests to comprehensively check your health status: bone density, breast examinations, colonoscopy, Pap smears if you’re a woman, mamograms, etc. Checking vitamin D, comprehensive thyroid levels, metabolic panels, urinalysis, AVISE testing are all also important.

Your doctors will prescribe what’s standard for a general population of RA, Lupus, MS, etc.  Based on symptoms validated by labs, they will recommend pain meds, immunosuppressants, biologics,  etc. You want to know how long you should be taking the meds, what’s the lowest dose based on your symptoms and body weight, etc.

Now is the time for you to take total control of your health. Your life and future are in YOUR hands. Join me in our comprehensive program that ultimately teaches YOU to take responsibility for your health. It is a carefully designed program to layer all the pieces so that you can optimize your health.

Our Six-Month Comprehensive Program

1. Individualized treatment path
– Initial FM consult with Connie
– FM follow ups 1x/month
– Specialty lab testing (extra fees apply)
2. Alkaline Detox Protocol
– Reduce inflammation and heal the gut
– Supplements included
– 70 meals in the form of shakes
3. 24/7 access to member portal
– Online training modules
– Video lessons, downloads, worksheets
– Lifetime access
4. Self-healing Tools
– Mindset coaching
– Autoimmune yoga
– Guided meditations
5. Accountability Coaching
– Weekly calls with an accountability advisor to make sure you’re staying on track and getting all your questions answered
6. Supportive and Knowledgeable Facebook community 
– Live educations sessions with Connie to have your questions answered in real time
– Connect with others who are on a similar journey
7. Alkaline Method blueprint to transform your life and health
– Principles of health versus a tactics-based approach

If this program sounds like something you’d be interested in, please email us at [email protected] to schedule your free 15-minute consultation. Not sure if this would be the right fit? Visit here to find out more ways you can work with me. To learn more about autoimmune empowerment, join our free Facebook group, the Tribe of Autoimmune Health Rebels.

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