My Envisioned Life
My goals had certain key factors. I would lose the weight and kept it off- a critical lymphedema management strategy. I would do this by living without disordered eating. I would have adopted other habits that kept my health at optimum level, such as the daily walks, physio and weight routines, lymphatic self-massage etc. I would enjoy my life and I would be happy.
Done and done. It has been eight years now and the test of time shows my success.
My attitudes towards food are in a healthy zone. I have little quirks and mini-binges and there are certain things that will throw me but I would be willing to have all my eating observed; it is that close to normal. Overall, the goal of lessening the frequency and intensity of disordered eating episodes has been reached.
There were a couple of times that I seemed to be in trouble with my weight, but I went back to my notes and coached myself back on track.
I have learned that slips and slides are not reasons or excuses to quit. They are just part of life.
I think of my lymphedema as part of me, like the size of my feet or my age. It is what it is. There are times when I need to discuss my lymphedema and the issues around it. Often my education about lymphedema is more complete than the people, including medical professionals, in the room. I own that. I feel satisfaction in that. I have faced this challenge and became an active self-manager of my lymphedema, and that is another cornerstone of my self-esteem.
Most people are dealing with something, whether I know it or not. I try to be sensitive to the burden of others. I try to inform others about the impact of their curiosity based questions. Many times I feel that I lead by example. If I can manage to be happy and healthy despite lymphedema, perhaps someone takes heart from that and finds positivity and courage to face their own challenges.
“We are here, I believe, to encourage others as we live the best life we can.”
We are here, I believe, to encourage others as we live the best life we can.