Being hit with a bad health diagnosis is enough to knock the strongest healthy person down. I had AFIB which only came out in my late 40s. After multiple doctors appts, different facilities, I found out it was caused by genetic heart condition. I ended up having major heart surgery, 6 to be exact, almost dying 2 times, putting on 60 pounds from being immobile, all over 4 year time table. After all that, I was told I would need to be put on heart transplant list. It was at this point I said to myself HELL NO! Not yet, I am too young! I was used to hiking, walking, running, kayaking, etc… This can’t be my life!
I joined a support group with people who have various illness and it was best move I made. I lost 30 pounds just dieting ( because any exertion would cause heart to start going into failure). I can finally walk up and down my driveway with no help! I’m working on the other 30 pounds so can increase my walking and make me feel stronger.
Last time I saw the 2 cardiologists (during simple gall bladder surgery) I was walking in hallway in hospital, their mouths dropped open. They could not believe how well I looked and was doing.
The moral of my story is not to get pity for myself but to show you Do Not Let Your Illness Define Your Life!
Pick yourself up, Accept what your dealing with, Keep moving forward. There will always be a day where you crash and feel sorry for yourself, that’s ok! Just get up the next morning and restart on a good path! I have restarted so many times, my family now uses that word and we laugh about it!
I wish you all the best! Know you are not alone!