When people hear my story and learn how far I’ve come, they want to know my secret. What did I do to go from being a bedridden teen in constant pain, with no hope of ever having a normal life—to having what looks on the outside like a normal life. I wish there was one specific thing I did. Something others could follow to achieve the same results. But the truth is, I have been sick for over ten years now. And throughout those years I’ve seen doctors in almost every specialty, done both western and alternative treatments, taken long-term antibiotics and loads of supplements. There were times I felt better, and then times I felt worse. There are certainly a few home remedies that have helped, and treatments that I did notice a difference with—and I’ll talk about those in more detail in a future post. But mostly I just kept going.
I once wrote about how I feel like I’ve been swimming for ten years straight. At times I’m able to rest for a bit on a nearby rock, but then without notice, the rock gets swept away, and I have to keep swimming until I find another one. I really like that analogy, because it feels very accurate to my situation. Throughout the years, through good and bad, I just kept swimming.
For those who prefer audio over text, I’ve recorded myself reading the blog here:
March 26, 2022 at 8:10 pm
This picture, this title, your story reminds me so much of the movie Gattaca when Ethan Hawke says, “He never saved anything for the swim back.” With all the cards stacked against you even so you have still managed to continue progressing. More success to you and overcoming your obstacles.