Attitude Is Everything…
…when it comes to dealing with any type of health issue, whether it’s cancer, an injury, or Catamenial Epilepsy. Having a positive attitude through these kinds of circumstances can be incredibly challenging because, let’s be honest, being sick is no ride on the merry-go-round. If you or someone you know is struggling with their health at the moment, I would like you to do something for me…think about the task of maintaining a positive attitude despite the negative circumstances. Does this “challenge” seem worth the effort? I hope you answered “Yes” to this question because the truth is, having a positive perspective on your situation and life, as a whole, is the key to living with any health condition.
I feel like this is such a valuable piece of information because it has helped me to not lose myself in the middle of what can sometimes be a pretty chaotic environment. Having this positive outlook has also allowed me to actually improve upon my overall health. Any neurologist will present epilepsy as a long-term condition that you will have to deal with for the rest of your life. Now, if you decide to take the path suggested by the neurologist then, yes, you are going to deal with epilepsy for the rest of your life because the medication does NOT treat the cause of your seizures; it only treats the symptoms.
But, for argument’s sake, what if you made a change in your reasoning and began treating your epilepsy with the #1 objective being to cure the cause? Whenever I think long and hard about this question, I always come to the same conclusion: by treating and healing the main cause, recovery is inevitable because you are fixing the problem. Modern medicine may try to squash this hypothesis by pushing more pills our way, but it will always continue to reappear, sparking curiosity amongst various groups of people. Why, you might ask, is the dismissal of this hypothesis seemingly impossible despite the numerous efforts put forth by modern medicine? Simple, because it is a logical theory. This postulation doesn’t require you to blindly trust the pharmaceutical companies; it simply requests that you let logic be your guide when making decisions for your health.
I, unfortunately, never had anyone explain this to me after I was first diagnosed with Catamenial Epilepsy in 2009. Everything in this article (and on this whole blog, really) I learned firsthand through a continual process of trial and error. I may not be a doctor, but I can guarantee that I have the experience necessary to write about the topics you’ll find on Seize the Day Blog. But, that is also the beauty of this blog…when I write about the importance of keeping a positive attitude during both the ups and the downs of your medical condition, it isn’t because I read about this as a successful method somewhere on the Internet…it’s because I have had to live through those same ups and downs for the past 6 almost 7 years and I have learned firsthand that it is a very beneficial approach!
I see so many people dealing with conditions similar to my own, but never experiencing the same improvements, because instead of aiming to fix the cause they are merely treating the symptoms with who knows how many different medications. It is always very tempting to blurt out my entire medical story with the hope that something I learned along the way could also be helpful to this particular person, but it can be so hard to do so without coming off like I know best. The truth is, I don’t know best, but I have learned what medicinal methods are more successful than others for epileptics…will it actually help anyone? I certainly hope so!
For those of you struggling to deal with your epilepsy, my advice is to reassess your methods for handling your circumstances. Could you maybe approach your condition with a more positive attitude? It can be so easy to get caught up in the struggles that are associated with epilepsy. For me, I know that this can hinder my ability to maintain a positive perspective and, therefore, attitude, which is why I think a second piece of advice is also necessary: try to take life one day at a time. There is no reason to start concerning yourself with tomorrow, next week, next month, or a few years from now. Whenever you start to get ahead of yourself, take a deep breath and remind yourself that you only need to be concerned about things that require your attention today. You’ll find it’s much easier to have a more positive attitude when you’re not completely overwhelmed and/or stressed.
Life can be overwhelming and crazy when the hand you’ve been dealt includes a serious medical condition, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be. Beyond those rare and unpredictable moments that pop up from time to time, life can be more of a blessing than a burden if you have the right recipe for success. It has been my experience that this recipe consists of three ingredients: a positive attitude, taking life one day at a time, and striving to cure the main cause of your health condition.
So, whether you have Catamenial Epilepsy, regular epilepsy or some other type of health condition…seize the day and take advantage of this recipe for success!
Quote #1- www.amazon.com/How-Do-You-Eat-Elephant/dp/159526040
Quote #2- FamousQuotesAbout.com
Quote #3- Biblehub/com/Matthew/6-34.htm
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