Hey girl,

I know you’re scared. I know you feel pushed around by everyone telling you that your life has to change immediately. You’re angry at them for telling you everything you thought was ok yesterday is no longer ok today. As if suddenly they know you better than you know yourself. 

All because you happen to have this diagnosis. 

And I know what the nurses are saying is frustrating because you don’t want to change. You don’t want to do those things. You don’t want to have to stop taking hot showers and prepare for disability. 

It’s not right. It doesn’t feel right. And it’s not fair. 

And how do they even know?

They never asked you what you thought. Never asked you how your life was before the diagnosis. They just assumed that because you have a diagnosis, you now fit into that box.

You hate the idea of fitting into a box. Especially when someone else is choosing that box for you. 

So here’s what I’ll tell you: Don’t listen to them. 

Don’t listen to their predictions about how hard your life will be. 

They have no idea.

Don’t listen to their thoughts about what your “new normal” will be. 

New normals are bullshit.

Don’t listen to them when they say you have to adapt to something you can’t even see. Don’t start fearing things that you aren’t sure are even going to happen. 

They may never happen. 

Let me tell you something that will happen that you may not yet believe: Your life is going to be amazing. 

You’re going to make big changes. But they’ll be changes that you would want to do anyway to be as healthy as possible. 

You’re going to get into great shape. You’ll do things that you can’t yet imagine, like cycling in a two-day road bike race, practicing Jiu-Jitsu, oh – and you’ll become a runner. 

You’re going to start eating really healthy food and feeling amazing. You’ll crave green smoothies (heavy on the greens). You’ll lose your addiction to sugar and honestly look at a bag of cheesy poofs like they’re a carton of cigarettes. 

You’re going to start feeling better than you did before your diagnosis. 

I know that sounds like a complete lie to you right now, but it’s true. You’re going to start taking care of yourself in ways you never realized you wanted to. And it’s going to feel amazing. 

You can thrive with this diagnosis. 

This diagnosis is not going to stop you. This diagnosis is not going to shut things down. It’s not going to make it so you have to give up things that you want to do. 

What this diagnosis will do is help you take care of yourself like you never had before. It’s going to help you love yourself as you’ve never loved yourself before. It’s going to help you connect with yourself as you have never even known or fathomed a connection with yourself can be. 

You’re going to have relationships you never even dreamed of. 

You’re going to amaze yourself every single day. 

That’s what this diagnosis is going to give you. 

I know you can’t see that right now because you feel blindsided. 

I know all you see right now is double vision and the annoying nurse who says you can’t take a hot shower anymore. 

But it’s true. 

Trust in yourself. 

Trust that you can do this. 

You are strong enough. 

You’re more than enough. 

You deserve all the amazing things coming your way.  

And there will be many.

Prepare for that.