Friday, January 8, 2010

Participating in Life

I think that this is so important, especially with our health.  Had I not been an active participant and followed several doctors’ advice 25 years ago, I’d most likely not been here to write this.

I see this all the time, though.  Whatever the doctor says is true.  People will say that the doctor gave me this or that med but they don’t know what it is for.

I just don’t get how people can take meds and not have a clue what they are, how they work, how they might interact with other drugs they may be taking.  But it happens because people blindly follow whatever a doctor may give them.

Participation is so important – you have to know how YOU’RE feeling, what YOUR symptom are.  Do your own research.  Your doctor doesn’t know what it feels like to live in your body no matter how much you try to tell him/her.

Ultimately, you are the one who cares most about yourself and the only one who can make a difference through your research, thoughts and actions.

Just because a doctor gives you something, you don’t have to take it.  24 years ago a locally well-known neurologist “gave me” Xanax. Since he couldn't see my tumor with his Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine there was "no possibility" that it existed.  Had I followed his advice, taken the Xanax and stopped pursuing a Cushing’s diagnosis I would most have likely died by now.

The doctor was going by the odds.  The odds were that I really didn’t have a pituitary tumor.  But I’m not a statistic and neither are you.  Follow your instincts and take care of YOU.  This is the only life you’ll ever have.

The most healing thing we can do for ourselves is to participate in the process of our lives as fully as we can-even when the unexpected and the fearful happen.

~Today’s Page-a-Day calendar