It’s ok to feel not ok.
When you have a long standing illness such as mine-NMO some days I feel like I can take on the world. I have no pain, my walking picks up pace, I feel good in my head-by that I mean that I don’t feel tired. I feel no pain, no fatigue-I want to look nice wear pretty things and go out and do stuff.
Other days…the pretty dresses can wait…I want jogger trousers…hippy tops, loose hair and bare feet. I have minimal make up and couldn’t care less about how I may appear. My waliking is poor, my altered gait giving me back pain, hip pain, ankles swelling, arches of my feet aching…and I just want to….sit….or nap.
It’s ok to feel like this. My body is still repairing itself.
Friends-I am now 4 years relapse free of optic neuritis free, 3 years transverse myeltis free-but my medication is a reminder.
August and September are difficult months. September 14th….oh god….horrible. It still stings-even reading my own blog posts. Three years since my paralysis.
Did I think I would be where I am now? God no.
I am so very lucky-I know this-but…..some days….it is HARD
Chris knows when I don’t feel good-not very often I get sent to bed!! -to rest lol.
I live on paracetamol-general aches, pains, fatigue-I am adamant I pay for these from Tesco not claim them free.
I am still me-I am very much for ‘body positivity’-but hell-some days I want to hide away in my joggers, scrag my hair up, drink tea and feel sorry for myself.
But dear friends-NMO would love this? Wouldn’t it-😯
To give in-to feel depressed-to thrive on feeling shit.
This is a reason why I often struggle with my current weight-yes I could do with losing some-but do you know what?
I am proud of the woman staring back at me in the mirror-the invusible steroid stretch marks once which were purple. The bruise free arms from less frequent blood tests, the acne free skin which was once covered from steroids-chest area.
On the days I feel good-that’s great and when I don’t…..then that’s ok too…!
Be kind to yourself