Hello – my name is Sandy and I have CFS, but CFS doesn’t have me! This is my new daily affirmation! I have spent years since becoming ill of trying to define who I am as an individual. I admit that often I have thought of myself as “the sick one” in the family or “the less able” but no more! I am done with all of that and it is a new day.
Just because my life has to be altered and different now doesn’t mean that a life can’t exist. Yes, I have had to change how I do things dramatically but at least I can still do SOME things and I can do them well.
I am motivated and willing and with those two attributes I can do anything I set my mind to. Physically I may be limited but mentally I am still sharp as a tack (well, most days anyways!) and I have many skills.
I will not dwell on what I can’t do but rejoice in what I can. I am human, I have days where I am down, but overall I will not let this disease take control of everything I have been or everything I want to be.
I will also not allow the ignorance of others who downplay my illness or act as though it doesn’t exist get to me either. It is a waste of energy to worry about what other people think and in the big scheme of things what they think doesn’t matter. What matters is that I know and that I deal with having this illness to the best of my ability.