I loved bike riding...loved the breeze in my hair, the speed....loved that my whole body had to be engaged to make that two-wheeled machine work. Then because if pelvic pain, bike riding started to hurt. I was sad. I tried everything to be able to still ride a bike. It took some mental gymnastics..... but now I walk. I told myself I love to walk. And I found that I actually did love to walk! I love to walk in the parks near us, in the mall, at Disney World, at the beach. I am even planning a walking vacation...(more on that later).
The point is, when you are diagnosed with a chronic illness like interstitial cystitis, you need to give yourself the opportunity to grieve what you have to give up, but don't forget that the last step in the stages of grief is "acceptance." And, acceptance doesn't mean you surrender.. Acceptance is the most active of the stages of grief. Acceptance means that you are becoming engaged again with your "new normal." Acceptance means you are living each day as fully as you can.
Unsure what acceptance looks like? Check out this video: It is so joyful........and keep watching to the end....you will be glad you did...Grandma Dorothy Flies Over the Rainbow.
For more information on the Stages of Grief visit: Interstitial Cystitis: Emotional Challenges of Chronic Illness
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Helping Yourself Is the First Step to Getting Well
For step by step guidance for creating your own personal interstitial cystitis meal plan, see: Confident Choices®: Customizing the Interstitial Cystitis Diet.
For some basic, family-style, IC bladder-friendly recipes, see: Confident Choices®: A Cookbook for Interstitial Cystitis and Overactive Bladder
For health care workers: Interstitial Cystitis: A Guide for Nutrition Educators
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