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#Birthday and #ChronicIllness

Today's my 34th #Birthday , and it's the first birthday where I have hope for getting a firm diagnosis & treatments that work. My current health makes it difficult to #celebrate in big or usual ways, so I am trying to make today feel special in my own way. My husband has gotten me flowers and gotten a cake that fits my strict diet (#IrritableBowelSyndromeIBS ) I would love to hear other people's ways of celebrating themselves in small ways. This is also a hard birthday for a number of reasons, so I really appreciate this community.
#EhlersDanlosSyndrome #POTS #Spoonie #CheerMeOn

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I did it! (Well Kinda)

Proud of myself today. I was able to make myself stay awake instead of sleeping all day like my #BipolarDepression wants me to do. I was able to stay active and calm and not let my #PTSD get out of hand. Even though I am still under a lot of stress and am very tired I refuse to give in! What are you celebrating today?

#Depression #Anxiety #PTSD #SexualAbuse #EmotionalAbuse #SexualAssault #AbuseSurvivors #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #littlethings #celebrate #MightyTogether

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Reframing: Looking Back on Past Experiences to Change the Future

I had a therapy session today that went really well. We focused on the topic of reframing and thought challenging. I never really practiced my therapy skills before (I'll admit) but now that I have to face a toxic person I will use all the skills I have. Besides this, I often undermine myself and my past successes. Though I call myself an abuse survivor I don't have the best self esteem.

Reframing has taught me that situations depend on how you look at them. Yes I take reality into account and recognize that the toxic person will be there and that may lead to a PTSD response. Though this is true, my therapist also said that anxiety is there to tell us something but we can acknowledge it is there but also acknowledge that there are other goals. Like mine is to speak my truth.

Shortly after the abuse came to light I was abandoned at a motel for a week. I wasn't sure if I could get through it at the time. I was afraid I would be hurt again. By the grace of God I managed to survive. I got through it even when I thought I couldn't. I survived the abuse in general and that's something. Yet I have to reframe my anxious thoughts because for me, that leads to spiraling.

I can look back on those past experiences and say to myself I can do hard things. Confronting this particular toxic person will be triggering but it's just another hard thing I have to do. I'm sure there are hard things that you've overcome too.

Never degrade yourself, be proud of your accomplishments. Reframe if you must. As always stay safe. What are you proud of? There's always something to celebrate. It doesn't have to be anything huge, whatever you accomplished is good enough. I believe in all of you. Thanks for believing in me. I appreciate it.

#SexualAbuse #EmotionalAbuse #PTSD #Perspective #Therapy #wisdom #BipolarDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Hope #celebrate #Life #abusesurvivor #MightyTogether

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Celebrating Little Victories

Tonight I began to accomplish a task that I never thought was possible. Having the reassurance and comfort of a loved one certainly helps. Whether you are accomplishing a small task or a large one, celebrate the little victories. Be proud of yourself. Be proud of the steps you took. Especially as an abuse survivor, I feel especially proud. After being hurt and put down for so long, I can now be proud of myself. Even if it's something small. So pat yourself on the back and keep going! Celebrate!

#PTSD #Abuse #AbuseSurvivors #celebrate #Positivity #Success #Love

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Memory Lane

Hello Everyone!

I believe we have officially kicked off the #Holidayseason here in central Florida. I am #excited but #sad at the same time. Do you know what I mean?

You see, the time change, mixed with the days being shorter, mixed with #Bipolar II and #Anxiety , it's pretty #horrible .

I am a mix of excited for the decorations around the #ThemeParks and I am looking forward to seeing what is happening in #WaltDisneyWorld next.

I do feel #Loved and #Supported , but I know that I am not 100% where I thought I would be at this point in #Life . Perhaps we have an illusion we are supposed to be something else, when nature always happens?

Let's hope this #Holiday season is #good for you!

How do you #celebrate the holidays?


How to Celebrate Birthdays When You’re so Ill

How do you guys celebrate your birthday when you’re ill? I’m turning 30 and my husband and mom keep asking me how I want to mark the occasion but I have no idea. I’m mostly bed bound currently and my GI system is in revolt so I can’t eat almost anything. And I just can’t think of what to do. Plus my brain fog has been pretty bad. #Birthday #AutonomicDysfunction #PosturalOrthostaticTachycardiaSyndrome #LivingWithPOTS #LymeDisease #bedbound #FeelingSeen #celebrate

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Today I had a difficult conversation and trusted myself. Proud of me for sticking up for myself and staying true to my value. Made me feel in alignment with myself and that I had value and confidence. So proud of myself! Wanted to celebrate this win with you. Things do work out in the end #happy #Win #celebrate #Confidence

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Celebrate #Depression #MentalHealth #Anxiety #celebrate #Hope #Relationships

Winston the dog says, “May you have many reasons to celebrate and party today”.