“I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refused to be reduced by it.” – maya angelou
If I get through each day, refusing to be reduced by my particular adversity…
well, I would consider myself a superhero.
Since I so clearly am NOT, I would settle for perhaps looking over the past several months or years and seeing how chronic illness has affected my character. First of all, there are many days when I wonder what my character and my personality ARE (another lovely symptom of LYME), but one thing stands out to me.
I keep trying.
A mentor once watched me go through an intense time in the workplace and said little as I struggled to get through it intact. Afterwards however, he had this comment to make: “You kept coming to work. That was what impressed me the most. You never missed a day.”
Days or weeks may feel like we are taking steps backwards in our fight… how I know the feeling. But we keep trying. Lyme patients impress me with that character quality more than many others I know: they keep trying, often against incredible odds.