Listen to your body. That’s advice I give often to my friends and family.
Somehow I don’t believe it applies to me!
Ok, pause! I’m not suggesting that I’m immortal and I have no reason to listen to my body
However I am suggesting that my actions often suggest that I do not have to listen to my body.
Here’s the craziest part about this dismissive attitude I possess when it comes to listening to my body…wait for it…the same body that I refuse to listen to is filled with chronic, autoimmune illnesses.
To me it’s laughable that I actively don’t pay attention to the glaring signals my body gives.
It’s laughable because individuals like me whose bodies possess chronic, autoimmune illnesses are often and always told to listen to their bodies.
My stubbornness decides to ignore my body. Part of this is because living with chronic illnesses some which cause chronic pain individuals learn to ignore their bodies. We honestly cannot react to every single signal our bodies send out
But we have to find a balance to know when to pay attention to the signals our bodies give
And this is where my resistance is strongest.
It’s nothing for me to make an appointment 10 weeks after experiencing abnormal swelling that gets worst during that time. Health professionals often look at me in amusement and disgust when I tell them how long symptoms X started.
Maybe it’s a signal from my body but I’ve forgotten what I planned to place here so I’ll just end it!