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6 Reasons to never lose faith when battling lyme disease
Being down on luck doesn't equate to losing
Most of those with Lyme Disease come across a time when their minds breed nothing but doubt. Any chance of hope or faith in achieving remission has been shot down leaving one in a cold and dark reality. As unwanted, unfortunate and unnecessary as these thoughts are, they are nothing but normal for the circumstances we must endure. Rest assured though, by changing one's perspective, one can obtain the appropriate attitude to restore any lost faith and pave the road to remission.
1. Herxing is actually a good thing!
It's completely understandable how a person suffering from a herx can misconstrue its cause. The pain and suffering induced by one, especially for the extended periods of time they occur for, can really put a damper on one's hope. The truth is that a herx is actually a good thing but too much of one can actually hurt the body. A herx is an indication that Borrelia has been killed off which also implies the total amount of spirochetes in your body has actually reduced.
To overcome the negative thoughts generated from experiencing a herx, one must use psychological will power. Brain over bronze. One's physical suffrage may be the most prominent or obvious to one's self at the moment but the brain is still the sharpest tool in the shed. All the thoughts generated in your brain, whether they be positive or negative, are generated by you! You possess the capability of generating your own thoughts and believing them. So if one has the choice in determining the kind of thought, why not make them positive?
Much like how an electric car can generate electricity from its own braking system and then use it to power the electrical components in the car. One can generate positive and hopeful thoughts simply by force and without an outside influence. Now use these thoughts to power one's endurance for dealing with a herx.
2. Symptom Dissipation
Think about how one felt when one first started treatment for Lyme Disease and compare one's self to the present day. It is beyond a reasonable doubt that changes have occurred inside of you for the better. These changes progress at a slow and unnoticeable rate but manifest themselves as the dissipation or complete eradication of Lyme symptoms. Surely there are symptoms one endured in the beginning of treatment that have all but intensified or have been completely wiped away.
The truest indication that remission is on the horizon is the dissipation or complete removal of symptoms. The dissipation of symptoms is a continuum as long as one remains on their treatment protocol. Every day, though it is hardly noticeable in the short term, all the symptoms we posses that are caused by Lyme Disease wane just a little bit more. One must never forget that these results were not achieved over night but over an extended period of time. The process of these results can be summed up in the following equation. Patience + Persistence = Remission.
3. Some person, somewhere is in remission from Lyme Disease
The one reason that provides the most hope for many of us is that there are people who have put their Lyme Disease in remission. The concept of being in remission from Lyme Disease can generate very ambiguous understandings but it's quite simple really. The people who were bed ridden due to chronic Lyme Disease are now working a full time job plus a part time job and skiing down mountains. Yeah, it's the truth.
Also don't think for one moment that those who are in remission from Lyme Disease had some over night cure. It may seem this way due to our constant state of debilitation that portrays overcoming such a daunting obstacle as nearly impossible. The truth is that it is beyond possible and completely within our own reach to surmount the crippling bestowal that is Lyme Disease. Those who are currently in remission are all the proof we need. These determined, persistence, patient, and strong willed people were in the exact same shoes that many of us are in now. Their catalyst for remission was entirely their attitude.
4. Doubt is abstract
Doubt is the emotional response to environmental uncertainty which in turn influences our physical actions but remember it is entirely abstract. It exists in no place but the mind but that's not to say it can't be influenced by our surroundings. This is where our ability to critical think and mentally intervene comes in. In order to remove the doubt from flourishing and influencing our decisions, we must cut the ties it has with the uncertainty of our physical circumstances.
The uncertainty I speak of is the belief that many feel their state of debilitation is forever and that remission is beyond any means of possible existence. This entire thought process is the quintessential and true definition of doubt for a person dealing with Lyme Disease. The answer and solution is simple. One must disconnect the belief from the physical circumstances by means of mental intervention. The physical circumstances are our environmental uncertainty and fuel the doubt we generate. By cutting off this uncertain supply line no doubt can be generated.
5. Time is on your side
Stop for a second and think how long you have actually been sick for. 2 years? 10 years? 30 years? The point is that the amount of time enduring Lyme Disease is quite generous. In fact, one has been given so much time from Lyme Disease that one can spend years attempting to find a diagnosis, months finding the right doctor, many years on treatment and still have enough time to contemplate if one's own existence is worth the fight.
The reality is that if it was one's time to depart, it would have happened already! Being that this isn't the case, one has been handed a plethora of time to critically think of the best means possible to heal one's self. The intent is to not use the time received for dwelling on failures and self pity. Instead use it to conjure up and execute a plan that will turn the world we've wondering through for just a little long in, right side up. It can be done, it has been done and it will be done!
6. Your Heart
The heart is the most overlooked but obvious indicator of the fight that dwells inside of each and every one of us. Through the thick and thin, it continues to power an ailing body with the life it desperately attempts to remind us of. It doesn't matter how broken you are. There lies within each and every one of us the will to carry on beyond our currently unfortunate existence. The heart serves as the reminder that we've always possessed the capability to access and utilize by any means this determination of survival.
Think of the worst Lyme Disease induced circumstance one has ever encountered. Your mind was surely full of doubt and uncertainty but your heart was calling out. While one existed in this cold and dark realm that could very well be considered the lowest form of human degradation conceived, did one ever notice the heart that rests within was still beating? One should never contemplate the actions of surrender or give up especially when your heart has yet to.