Get Your Game Face On, Time To Get Tough!
I sit awaiting the Doctor to come into the room, a routine check up every 6 months ever since my liver failure in May 2012. I spend all morning there doing my labs and procedures… and meeting with my doctor is the last step in order to leave and feel somewhat normal again.
Ah, My Doctor, my go-to person for all my liver troubles, why he’s been with me from the very beginning. This Doctor is the top liver specialist in the state, he knows his stuff! He wanted to be my doctor because of my rare disease and case (Wilson’s Disease)… I’m a miracle, an enigma to the medical world…
I shouldn’t be here, I’m very lucky to have survived, I’m grateful, thankful, happy, and everything good with a cherry on top. I’ve been very blessed with my results progressing to where a normal person’s numbers might be, that is until my last visit! I knew something wasn’t right, I could feel it…
When the Doctor told me my liver function test was high and had doubled since my last 6 month check up, I was scared! (still am in all honesty!) I work so hard to be healthy, to not deviate from my diet, exercise, and plan, so what else can I do? Is my liver just giving up on me? How can I fix this? I’m not ready to leave my kids, heck no! I love them too much to leave them behind and not be a part of their lives. I have a NEED and a WANT as a mother to watch my young ones grow up, to see what they become, to help them chase their dreams. So how can I make sure I’m around for them? What can I do? …The only thing I can… I put on my game face, I get tough! I’m ready mentally, physically, almost emotionally (I’m getting there… but the emotional part is the hard one, I think of my kids and how I don’t want to put them through it all again and it makes me so damn emotional!)
Facing Fear In The Eyes
So here I am, trying to stay positive, doing what it takes to live a healthy life for me and my family (but most of all my kids, everything I do is for them). I will tweak whatever I can to continue to be the miracle the medical team calls me, God willing! Next month I will face my fear (no not my fear of spiders) but rather the fear of going to the hospital, laying on the surgical table, and facing another procedure. This procedure is a preventative measure, it’s a step in the right direction ‘that I know!’ But it’s my PTSD (post traumatic stress syndrome) of entering the hospital again that I need to get over, and let’s face it recovery is not so fun! BUT with that being said… I know I can do it! I can face my fears! how you ask? continue to read, I’ve got tips on how…
I know I’m not alone when it comes to fears, we all have them…We all have fears to face, and I have written a previous post about how to face your fears (which I will be following and you can too with whatever your fear might be). Check out ‘Face Your Fears’ post, click here (it’s informative and helpful… good stuff people!)
How To Get Tough
- It starts with your mental state. You must Mentally get tough to know you can take on whatever comes your way. High pressure situations place many demands on us. When we’re in a challenge state, we’re able to meet those demands. “To get into a challenge state, the key is to increase levels of self-confidence, perceptions of control, and focus on success,” explains sport psychologist Martin Turner. Forbes
- Visualizing a successful outcome/performance instills confidence in your ability to perform at your best.
- Self Talk should be positive. Give yourself a much-needed pep-talk. ‘Be strong! I’ve got this! There’s nothing I can’t do!’
- Pump yourself up leading to whatever you’re faced with. What helps you get focused, tough, and gives you an extra boost of confidence and energy? is it Music? Meditating? Dancing? Coloring? whatever helps you, do it! (as long as it doesn’t hurt you or others in the process!)
I’ll end this post by saying…For all those who are going through a hard time in life, stay strong, keep fighting to survive… You’ll come out a stronger person in the end… fight the fight, then relax after the storm is gone! I know it’s exhausting to stay strong for a long time during the thick of it, that’s why after the storm rejuvenate yourself, let yourself become vulnerable, sort through your emotions (all the highs and the lows, because you’ll feel them all!) Once you accept everything you’ve gone through and how you feel about it all, then and only then, can you live a happy and content life. You’ll see the real beauty in life and know the importance of ‘living in the moment’… And that’s your silver lining in this all (you’ll live a more meaningful life). You can DO it!
Take care readers
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