Telling me that I can’t, motivates me to prove that I can!
‘Your test results show that you have Friedreich’s Ataxia..
…down the line patients can’t work…..can’t drive…..can’t live independently….’
Much of my diagnosis was a blur, but the repeated word that resounded in my head was CAN’T.
At a time when I needed some kind of hope, my head was just being filled by a negative word.
As you know I eat clean, gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar-free. I sometimes cheat, if I’m at a restaurant with no healthy alternatives. But as I’m learning to listen to my body, I instantly feel the effects of going off track, this keeps me motivated to be pretty consistent.
When the waiter asks at a restaurant ‘could I tempt you with the dessert menu?’ my reply will normally be ‘no, I’m ok thanks’ and the next words that usually follow from the table are ‘go on you’re allowed a treat’
Why do we deserve a treat? Isn’t it just like a bribe? Do something good and you’ll get a treat?
Up until a year and a half ago, I used to eat anything I wanted, made no connection between my health and what I was feeding my body, believed every word that the doctor said…he knew best right?
A year and a half ago, my cousin made me watch Food Matters documentary
A year and a half ago, I woke up.
In that split second, after the annoying alarm jingle goes off , when my brain wakes up and tries to figure out – where am I? What day is it? What am I doing? My eyes ping open, it’s Ski Wednesday! ?
I want to run the half marathon. But I can’t run. I’m disabled.
The next option is to wheel it, in my wheelchair. But wait, that’s not an option, I struggle to wheel down the corridor.
First blog post. Well what better timing than on my birthday….ok few days after but close enough.
It was my 32nd birthday. 32 years of being alive. Worth celebrating, right?
I was diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia at the age of 16, a life-limiting condition. Instead of seeing this as a negative, I have and continue to live life to the fullest and try not to take it for granted. Every birthday since I have always made plans to celebrate.