My first milestone was about a month after my divorce, previous to that I had panic attack after panic attack, one so bad I thought I was having a heart attack and another so bad I passed out from one... Anyway the ex and his fiancée and I were still at the same house (until my house was ready for me to move in a week) once I got moved the panic attacks persisted, but about a month after the the move and divorce I had FINALLY woke up for the first time in a year without a panic attack and could show my face in public again, that was also the first day I stood up for myself and my kid's, before I had let him run all over me. I found myself that day.
I went to my pain management evaluation today! I went and I didn't cancel! It was kind of helpful. I feel more accomplished and validated, even if not much closer to finding the right diagnosis or treatment.
Hey I like this! I don't have anything to add right now but it gives e something to strive after. Thanks I needed this... And just reading everyone else's is an encouragement. Thanks for posting this one!!!!
I made two more appointments for other consultations. 1 orthopedist and 1 rheumatologist. I took a break from seeking new consultations because I was so exhausted from being told that they couldn't help me. But I have more motivation and hope again, working through acceptance too. Let's try to keep this thread running because it's important to celebrate the forward steps, even amongst the backward steps.
Ooh, flappyslady, I want to lose weight too. My milestone came two days ago when I took an unflinching look in a full length mirror. These illnesses have taken such a toll on me. I tend to be very understanding of others but take a no excuses attitude with myself.
Autoimmunes, I didn't think I'd ever lose weight. I feared the opposite. But I needed hiatal hernia repair and because of extremely severe GERD and Barrett's esophagus they did a fundoplication surgery also. I had to reduce my sugar intake 2 weeks prior to the surgery, and by my next follow up I will have been on a "sugar buster's" diet 10 weeks. I'm shocked at how the lbs are coming off from sugar reduction. Sugar causes inflammation and the doc said we need to avoid that. My hubby's lost 12 lb on the same diet, and we are preparing to eat more of a Mediterranean diet when I'm back on regular eating. Being a Southern girl in the USA, that really hurts because it takes away all comfort foods! Lol 😉
Before August of last year I was eating 500-800 calories a day, I am now up to 2000 calories a day and have dropped 20-25 pounds! I have also gotten a pair of walking crutches and can go geocaching again!