Blog changes

Thanks to everyone who followed Training Because I Can! over the last nine years. This blog started with Addison's Disease, hypothyroidism and a crazy idea of doing an Ironman distance triathlon. My life has changed and so has this blog. I am using this blog strictly for Addison's Support topics from here on out. I hope to continue providing people with hints for living life well with adrenal insufficiency.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hope - a rant

I lurk on a couple of Addison's boards and don't post.  Most who feel really bad don't listen to posts written by the healthy and it's a waste of my time and energy to say anything.  What I consistently read is that once diagnosed with Addison's, all of our lives go to hell.  Simply not true.

To live life well with Addison's is hard work, that's true.  We all have bad days and sometimes weeks, that's true.  Some of us end up in the ER more often than others, some of us don't.  

There is hope.  You CAN feel well.  You can achieve what you want to achieve within reason.  What's reasonable is always a moving target, no matter if you have Addison's or not.  

Prior to Addison's, I was never able to achieve my potential because I was always getting sick or falling asleep or throwing up.  Now, through lots of research, experimentation, eating well, sleeping enough, reaching out to other Addisonian's with my questions, being proactive with my health care and researching some more, I am able to do more than the average American despite my once or twice a year visits to the ER. 

I am so lucky that through this blog and websites, I have met some truly exceptional people who do exceptional things and they also happen to have Addison's.  You can be one of those people.  

Don't let doctors act like gods.  Hold them accountable for the drivel that they might be spewing, ask for documentation.  Be a knowledgeable consumer and present your doctor with FACTS to back up your requests.  Eat well, eat regularly, exercise IF YOU CAN, don't if you can't, set goals and try to achieve them with baby steps, sleep regularly, take your meds on a schedule.  It's amazing how such common sense things can make such a big difference in ones life.  

Most importantly, don't settle for living half a life.  Ask questions, seek answers, know that there are many people with Addison's who live very normalish lives. 

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