In the last few days I have had 2 friends attempt something that many of us would consider impossible. One was a half iron man the other a 104 mile mountain bike race (the key word being MOUNTAIN). Neither finished. There was no joyous finish line photo showing them so happy to have completed this amazing task, however the fact that they didn’t finish should not diminish the fact that they ATTEMPTED to do what many of us would not even consider.
Life with a chronic illness is often like this. For many of us, getting out of bed, combing our hair and brushing our teeth are things that we do without even thinking. For those with a chronic illness even considering these things is like attempting to do a half iron man or mountain bike for 104 miles. The person with the chronic illness sometimes can’t even consider these tasks.
I raise this because for my friends who didn’t finish, they attempted. They got up that morning and put on their gear and they did! They didn’t stop and go “OMG what am I doing?” Nope they just did. They pushed their bodies to a point that most of us cannot even imagine and then they pushed some more.
Kids with POTS and other diseases do this every day. They push their bodies past what most of us would consider and then they push some more. When they can’t go any further they push on until they are truly and utterly spent. It is in this moment we should celebrate, we should jump for joy that they have accomplished so much!
This isn’t about celebrating the little moments, because for some these are big moments! For some leaving the house to go to the mailbox is a huge moment worthy of celebrating! We should be posting these moments on facebook and instagram and any other social media we want! We should be cheering just as loudly as we did for those that finished!
Today I am going to celebrate my friends who got up and pushed through something that I am not even sure I would consider even as a joke! And I am going to celebrate when my POTSie does her stuff because it’s worth it!