It’s not uncommon to feel confused, sad, and overwhelmed when you’re diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. I don’t know about you, but when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, my mind was flooded with thoughts like, ‘How does this affect my life?’, ‘How long have I had this?’, and ‘Will I ever be normal?’ Sometimes, when you’re really confused and sad about your condition, you’ll even ask the universe ‘Why me?’, hoping for a change or a positive response. Typically, neither of those outcomes happen. However, by changing your mindset from negative to positive about your autoimmune disease (or any struggle in your life, really), you may find a difference in your attitude and overall outlook.
When I was looking for support and answers about autoimmune diseases, I found a blog post entitled ‘Why Autoimmune Disease is Joy in Disguise.’ As a person who is trying to become more optimistic in life, the post’s title intrigued me to click and read further. Needless to say, I’m so glad I found this.
Jessica, the blogger who wrote this post, asks her readers struggling with finding joy in their disease to relax, take deep breaths, and let go of all connotations and definitions for a minute. View a struggle in your life, such as your disease, as neutral—as if it’s not hurting you or helping you. Ask your disease what gifts it has for you, what good it is doing for you. Continue this exercise until you have an idea of a positive purpose. Jessica’s breathing and reflection exercise removes all the power you believe your disease holds over you and allows you to make peace with your struggles and fears. Having this disease may be great in some way. It may play a huge role about what your purpose is on this Earth. Maybe your knowledge can help those around you catch on to their symptoms in an early stage of their condition.
To find peace and happiness when dealing with diseases, a lot of work is involved Happiness and acceptance are not easy journeys to master, but in the end when you are at peace rather than in a depressed place, the journey will be so worth it. Reread Jessica’s post whenever you feel necessary. Embrace this reflective exercise, and keep me updated on your results. Have you discovered why your disease is a blessing?