Hi! My name is Lisa Douthit. I feel like I have been battling disease my whole adult life. I even wrote a book titled Wellness Warrior – Fighting For Life In Fabulous Shoes to talk about some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way and what worked to help me feel better.
At 26-years-old, my doctor found a tumor in my heart. During surgery, he found nodes containing Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After chemo and radiation, I got thyroid cancer. Treatments were rough, but there was an end in sight, so I fought on and beat cancer (insert high-five here). Then came the autoimmune. It was a terrible disease I couldn’t even pronounce. Myasthenia Gravis brought me to my knees, but here is what I learned: WE ARE NEVER A VICTIM TO DISEASE. We may have bad days, really bad days, but they are just moments in time. They pass. Our job is to persevere. To fight. And to never give up. Never ever.
Through this experience, I’ve learned how strong I can be. I’ve also learned more about compassion, self-love in spite of the circumstances, empathy for others and myself, and balance. I don’t know if I could have done any of that had I not gotten sick. We all have our lessons to learn in life, and I believe everything is our teacher. We may not have a choice in our path though life, but we absolutely can decide how we walk down it. If I had the option to skip disease, would I do it? Hell, yes! But I don’t. So I make the best of what I got. I feel that my job now is to learn and grow in the process. I have become a Warrior. Strong. Brave. And for that I am truly grateful.
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