It’s a brand new year and I’d like to welcome you to the lupus corner of the Fight Like A Girl club!
What does it mean to “Fight Like A Girl” you ask? It means to learn how to have the courage to speak up, to share your story! To battle against your disease and continue to have hope. To encourage others and soothe the soul. It means banding together and reaching out to a fellow sister regardless of the different illness that ails us because we are all fighting to live!
Now that we know what it means to “Fight Like A Girl”, let’s learn how to do it!
Step 1: Acknowledge it!
First we have to acknowledge that we have an illness before we can take a step in any direction. This is sometimes the hardest step for most of us who have come back from the doctors’ office with a shocking diagnosis. Take a deep breath, and exhale! We must come to terms with the fact that being sick is not our fault and we should not be ashamed because of it. Denial is extremely unhealthy! If you don’t believe you’re sick then how can you possibly fix something you don’t believe is true? In admitting that we are not healthy we have taken the first step towards getting better!
Now that we’ve acknowledged our illness it’s time for the next step!
Step 2: Claim your power!
Ask yourself a question. Are YOU ready to be a “Fight Like A Girl” club member? If you’ve already joined the club then congratulations! You are on your way towards greatness. If NOT, then learn how! It’s very simple and the best part is that its free to join. You even receive an awesome membership kit in the mail full of goodies, like reminders to “Fight Like A Girl!” you can post on your fridge, car, and anywhere else you’d like to strut your stuff. Join the Club!
By claiming your power you pledge to stand strong and fight against your illness. You declare that you have a power within that will help prevail against weakness and that if by chance we fall while struggling to stand we will not feel guilty but reach out to our sisters for help! After all we’re all human, and we make mistakes. We pledge to do all this and believe we can because we have claimed our power!
How amazing! I’m so proud that you’ve claimed your power! Now let’s get ready for the next step.
Step 3: Find your E-family!
One of my favorite discoveries is the realization that we are not alone! Think about it. There are over 9.8 million cancer survivors and over 1.5 million lupus survivors in the United States. No matter what our illness there is family to be found on the world wide web. Facebook has hundreds of different groups and pages dedicated to raising awareness and support for just about every illness.
Twitter is a home to millions of different people; the way to find someone is to search for a hashtag mentioned in a tweet. For instance I would tweet: ” Today was a bit rough b/c cold weather brings achy hands! #lupus” The hashtag is in bold, if you tweet something similar and then click on the hashtag you’ll be shown pages of tweets where other people have mentioned lupus. This is how I’ve found my e-family on twitter! We should never feel that we are alone because it’s simply NOT TRUE!
Together we share our pains and sorrows, our joys and pleasures. Whatever we experience we can learn to share it and fight it together! Now that you’ve learned how to find your e-family it’s on to step number four.
Step 4: Become an educated Patient!
As patients we cannot just depend on our doctor to tell us everything. It’s imperative to our health that we become “hands-on” patients and educate ourselves on our individual illnesses. Don’t be afraid to do your own research! Find out the current medical news, keep a food/illness diary (this helps to discover what foods trigger symptoms), look up alternative medicines, talk to other patients and find out what works for them. It’s as simple as doing a Google search! Be pro-active!
…and last but not least!
Step 5: Share it!
Now that we have learned how to “Fight Like A Girl” the best part is to share it with others. Each one can reach one! So reach out and help someone else begin the journey to overcoming their disease. Together we can stand strong!
It’s a brand new year lovies & this year we’re going to “Fight Like A Girl”!
Love, Tiffany Marie
This article is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.