Wednesday, July 29, 2009
But I look So Good?
**Pre-RSD and Post-RSD. Not much of a difference on the outside and much healthier post-RSD on the inside. Obviously, the photo of me in my UM running gear is the pre-RSD me!
That infamous statment, "But you look so good..." If I had a dollar for every time I was on the receiving end of such a compliment, I would be living in a studio apartment on Miami Beach, but despite the frustration many of us illness warriors feel when we hear that statement, I find it to be flattering because it is reflective of my hard work and daily pledge to sustain health.
I am often asked, "How do you stay so thin," especially since my exercise routine is down to a few minutes of yoga a week and my lifestyle is more than sedentary, but it's not about being "thin," it is about thriving in a less than desirable situation. Because of my looks, not only is my illness invisible, but I sit on the fence and move back and forth between the "disabled world" and the "abled world," needing special accommodations but looking like the me of yester-year.
Basically, it comes down to the fact that I choose health. I don't drink, I don't smoke, and I practice a raw, vegan, organic lifestyle when permitting. Often, we make these things seem so difficult, but they truly aren't. Just as I worked hard to get into graduate school, I work hard at creating health. It really is that simple, but it takes some serious honesty with yourself, 100% self-awareness, and a true, true desire to be healthy despite the obstacles in your life. This disease is no excuse, and I don't buy the story when it is used as one. I am in the driver's seat of my life, and therefore, I've started down the highway of health making no stops and never turning back. You can, too.
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