"I’m not normally someone to share much personal stuff on social media, but I’ve found so much encouragement in others' stories here that I want to be real. It's also awareness month for my condition called Chiari Malformation (a brain condition) & it's taken me until the end of the month to have the confidence to say something. It’s been a tough season including debilitating headaches that have left me house bound for weeks at a time & unable to care for my family, chronic pain, dizziness, waking up one day unable to feel my right arm & leg, followed a week later by my left leg, & having to slowly walk again, more doctors/ physiotherapy / specialist / surgeons & hospital visits than social visits + the loss of a family member. But this season has taught me (& is still teaching me) some valuable lessons... I’ve changed & I’m better for it. I’ve learned that being strong doesn’t mean being self sufficient or not relying on others, but being strong can mean accepting help when you need it (I really learned/ I'm learning this the long way). That you can find true & total peace despite circumstances. That it’s okay to not be okay all the time, (I’ve had days where I ugly cried until I puked). To take one day at a time, or one hour at a time on bad days. The restoring power of rest, & more importantly that rest doesn’t = laziness. That times of stillness can be just as fruitful as times of achieving & success. .
I don’t need to be on the other side of my challenge to know that nothing in my life will be wasted. It’s easy to say in hindsight that everything worked out in the end - but I know now, even though I don’t yet know how this ends, that it’s going to be okay. I’ve still got dreams in my heart that are there for a reason & will be fulfilled even if they seem impossible right now. And yes I may need to remind myself of this daily." - Amelia Holland @amelia_holland
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