Just last month we all saw in the news about Selena Gomez undergoing a kidney transplant due to her chronic illness - Lupus.
Luckily her best friend was there to offer her kidney and help Selena survive.
Many people who suffer with chronic illness want to be like Selena’s best friend and be on the donation list, give blood and give back to the community.
I am not alone when I say that everyone who suffers with long term illness feels guilty for being a drain on resources and society. We want to give back and help in anyway we possibly can. This often can’t be possible in the ways we hoped.
We want to be able to donate our organs and give our blood to give people another chance at life and help them survive, get better. We ourselves forget that our organs and blood are too, you might say ‘damaged goods.’ Our organs have been invaded by bacteria and viruses that leave us fighting for our lives everyday. So how can we give these as a gift to someone else. Who knows we may make their condition far worse by doing so.
It has hurt many, as I see everyday on the Lyme disease discussion group of people having to accept the fact they have to remove themselves from the organ donation lists. They find it difficult to come to terms with because they struggle to accept that yet again they can’t help people and feel guilty for being a strain on society. Unable to give back!
We feel that guilty that all our relationships in life are taking, from the medical professionals for our health, family and friends for support, the Government for action to be taken and society having to adapt to cater for us.
With serious chronic diseases many are extremely sick and unable to leave their beds.
As I know what you are thinking ‘there is lots you can do.’
Some suffering are a little too poorly to function enough, but those who can still relately function really do try to give back.
- they fight the Government for action to be taken for their illnesses.
- they begin hobbies to inspire fellow sufferers to find joy through hard times.
- they host fund raisers and charity events.
- they blog.
- they video their journey.
- they share their research finding.
- they raise awareness.
The above may not seem instantly as life saving like donating does.
They are very much life saving. They just take a little longer for proof of the hard work to shine through.
All the above ultimately helps educate people, raise awareness amongst the community, makes the Government take action and begin doing their own research, testing and findings and encourages the medical industry to wake up and try to help.
- help people know the signs and symptoms of chronic disease so they are educated and can receive treatment quicker.
- people are educated on the threats and how to protect themselves.
- the Government and medical industry are pushed, so they can’t ignore us.
- we share our experiences so others know where and when they can access treatments, tests and more.
This work could bring the cure for your disease, save a loved one from becoming poorly, treatments and tests to be made more available and cheaper, recognition for your illness and so on.
Life changing and life saving work.
So just because you aren’t giving an organ or blood does not mean you are not giving back, saving lives and helping people.
You are working hard everyday. Your commitment to raising awareness does not go unnoticed.
The world will thank you- one day.
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Wake up every morning and ATLEAST have one glass of lemon water before doing anything else! Ideally try to drink a litre of water. The lemon wakes up your digestive system ready for the day and has great cleansing properties.
Check your dairy and meat intake - dairy can sit in your system for up to seven days unable to digest properly. Meaning other foods also get neglected and nurtients aren't absorbed properly and you feel extremely bloated. Go and smell your food bin, your stomach will be in that state. Rotting foods in your belly - hmm nice.
DO NOT FEAR CARBS - THEY ARE NOT THE ENEMY! CARB UP!!
Bananas, Rice, Potatoes, Leafy Greens, Corn, Beans, Lentils etc PACK THEM IN GO MAD.
NEVER COUNT CALORIES - NEVER RESTRICT!! These restriction 'starvation' diets who tell you to only eat 500 calories a day then have a treat day - where you binge out and eat WAY too much, is simply messing up your metabolism and on your binge days yours body stores all the fat meaning you gain weight because it knows it is going to go back into starvation mode and needs to hold onto every little thing it can. HELLO WEIGHT GAIN.
Life is too short not to live it to the full, making yourself happy.