Last week I was told I shouldn't do something because of my Addison's. This person was well meaning but does not know me or the disease very well. At first, I was really hurt by this comment. People don't generally tell me I shouldn't do things, even people who know me well like my husband and my physician.
This comment got me to thinking about all the other people with Addison's who are told they shouldn't do something because of their health. It hurts to be told you shouldn't, it's a little soul crushing. I can see how it could really change the direction of a person's actions depending upon who tells you that you shouldn't.
Well...don't listen to the person who tells you that you shouldn't. Remember that they don't or can't possibly understand your situation. You need to educate yourself about your disease, wear your Medic Alert bracelet, take your meds in the right doses at the right times, sleep well, eat well, have an injection kit and make sure people around you know what to do in case of an emergency.
The next step is to HAVE FUN and GO FOR IT!
Prove the "shouldn't people" wrong and show them why you deserve to life the life you choose. Show them through your actions that you CAN and you WILL succeed. When you are able to prove them wrong, make sure the "shouldn't person" knows so you can save someone else from being told they shouldn't.
Even if you have Addison's or any other chronic illness, you can do whatever you want to do. Where there's a will, there's a way. Set your goals HIGH and go for it!!