Winning the Battle

There are some days and some weeks that the disease wins. This was one of those weeks for me. As far as I am concerned though, I have still won in the long run. In life we have battles each and every single day, if not more. We win some and we lose some. This week was a long battle for me, but eventually I came back out on top. One of the things that is so hard about fibromyalgia is that it is not just a physical war, but an emotional one as well. There are many invisible forces that go into this disease all at once that make it hard to function normally at times. The goal is, I have found, to fight through them one at a time as they come.
Being an English major, I find myself reading frequently. I feel that this has helped me to cope in many ways with my situation. Reading books gives me the opportunity to gain new perspective in and on life. Recently, I began to read The Book of Embraces by Eduardo Galeano. Among my favorite short pieces in the book is “Forgetting 4.” In this, he makes reference to a brilliant African proverb:
African Proverb
With anything in life, until we take the time to make our stories known people will not recognize the issues or the battles that are being lost or won each day. My disease may be invisible, but my struggle is real. I write my own history. I will win this battle.

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