There came a point during this journey with Cushing’s disease when I got mentally and physically exhausted. Yes, I was tired of having to manage the symptoms, but I’m talking about constantly going to doctor’s appointments, getting MRIs (with the dye contrast) and having blood test ended. The last one was extremely frustrating because the veins in my left arm eventually burst. After all, I was constantly being pricked with needles.

I wasn’t giving up, but it got to the point where I just didn’t want to continue in this cycle anymore. Of course, doing nothing can be just as harmful or worse for our health. Even though I’m much better today, I still have trouble sometimes. But experience has better equipped me to deal with these issues. The area I had to keep working on is self-discipline.

There are times when I realize I’ve slipped up, whether it’s with my eating habits or my self-care. Then I need to stop for a moment to refocus. Believe it or not, what was once the stressor has now become my motivation. I never want to go back to how I used to feel, so I do the following.

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First of all, I stick to my strategy, which is to be proactive and not reactive. I like to stay on offense and not constantly have to fend off an attack. I get as much information as possible. Information transformed into knowledge is a weapon.

Second, consistency is important for your strategy to succeed. I had days when I slipped, and that’s normal. The question becomes, do you recognize when this is happening and are you able to get back on track? If you can do that, you’re doing just fine. Remember, a momentary lapse doesn’t erase all the hard work you’ve put in. Recognize, refocus and make the necessary adjustments.

Third, adjustments don’t have to be major changes to your strategy. Does anything in the diet need to be adjusted or changed? Can you focus more on a certain area or do you need to step back? Either way, make sure it stays in line with your strategy and that you stay consistent.

Finally, please fight the moment when you feel like raising your hands. Believe it from someone who was there: it doesn’t have to last forever. The beauty of going through this chapter of your life is the braver, stronger version of yourself waiting on the other side.

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