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.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

What is normal when you've got Addison's?

What is normal when you've got Addison's?

Normal is what you make of it and how you define it.  In my case, normal is much healthier and active than I've ever been able to be in the past with restrictions that I did not have in the past*.  Normal for you might be quite different than it was before diagnosis but it's all in how you define it.

Define normal as something positive.  Find something you love, a passion and follow some aspect of it.
Survival is nothing more than an ordinary life well lived in extreme circumstances...It's simply saying, "I'm not lost, I'm right here."
Lawrence Gonzales Deep Survival, Who Lives, Who Dies and Why 

You may no longer be able to chase your kids all over the playground but you might be able to practice your photography skills, make scrapbooks, play Chutes and Ladders.  

At some point, I might not be able to run or ride but there are so many other things that I CAN do.  I can volunteer at a race, pack goodie bags, help with a race website, encourage people to try to do something they've never considered doing.  

Physical limitations can be worked around and worked through!  Redefine normal if you need to.  You'll be much happier for it.  Set goals and baby steps to reach your goals.

I guess what I'm saying is that your life might not be the normal that it was before but it can be better.  Addison's Disease doesn't have to be an impediment, use it as a stepping stone that motivates you to redefine normal.  You know what the beast is that you're dealing with so do the best with it that you can.

Lastly, don't let anyone tell you that you'll never have a normal life.  That's a bunch of crap.  You decide to have a normal life, by your definition of normal, and you will.

*My restrictions are:  I have to go to bed early nearly every night, I don't eat gluten, I don't eat dairy, I don't eat foods that people kindly make for me, I take pills all day every day, I refuse appointments after 5 or 6 pm.  I've stopped drinking alcohol.  I carry an arsenal of pills everywhere.  If it's after 3 in the afternoon, I'm a dud, brain fogged, boring and slightly lethargic.  I've learned to simply say, "No" when someone asks me for more than I am able to give.
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