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    What is a professional Overcomer?

    If you deal with chronic illness or mental health and are unable to do all that someone without these problems can it doesn’t mean you have no value in fact it means your even more valuable because through the process and journey of these struggles we learn so much about perseverance, compassion and love. We all have one thing in common WE CHOOSE to love each day despite our pain and struggles
    and we have a job it’s the most important of all to OVERCOME daily and that is not a job we get paid for but a job we choose to take everyday. So celebrate your profession because it really does make you who you are. The darkest times are when we have to choose to shine.

    #POTS #MentalHealth #Anxiety #ChronicIllness #CheerMeOn #overcome #Depression #suffering #Pain #Faith

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    I’ve got a story to tell

    This is a story about the power of time. They say that time can heal all wounds. While I’m not positive that is 100 percent correct, the ones it doesn’t, time helps you learn to live with.

    For me, time legitimately changed what the truth is. For nearly 4 decades, you could’ve said any hateful adjective or insult to describe me. You could say I was a poor, angry, trailer park, white trash loser, with absolutely no future, among countless other things. You would’ve been 100 percent correct, for nearly four decades.

    Until, one day, to no one’s surprise more than mine. You would be dead wrong. Without me even realizing it, somehow mine went from a story of seemingly endless struggle, pain, sorrow, and loneliness to become a story of perseverance, fulfillment, and personal triumph.

    “Money doesn’t buy happiness” is something I believed and would spout off about to anyone that would listen for the majority of my life. I still believe that at its core, but a modified version. When you come from poverty, a level of poverty that is hard for most people to truly comprehend, not having to spend every waking second worried about money and how I’m going to stay afloat in the moment, with absolutely not even a thought about my future, has changed my life. It has allowed me to let go of lots of anger and resentment I had towards the entire world and grow in so many areas of my life that I had been neglecting or downright ignoring the existence of. I am without question a better person today. I am a better person to myself and to other people. Isn’t that what life is about?

    The purpose of me sharing all of this is because if I can change my life, so can you. There is no reason I should be anything but the angry loser I was my entire life.

    I am one of 9 kids to 2 teenage parents without even High School diplomas and only one of them worked. Being teenagers themselves when they started a family, they had no idea of the world and hadn’t lived at all themselves to know enough to be able to offer the type of care and support that children need. The combination of extreme poverty(by American standards) and the complete lack of parenting and support that I needed left me angry, insecure, and directionless. I, myself, only have a South Florida public HS education. I have no special skills or talents that make me any more valuable than the most basic and mediocre amongst us. Yet, somehow, I not only overcame all of that, but for the first time in my life, the thing that seemed so far beyond my reach that to even dream about it seemed foolhardy, is happening. I am thriving. I made more money this year than I ever imagined possible for someone like me. I have a career. I took more vacation time this year than in any 2 years prior. I am able to travel. I will be able to retire one day. All this has allowed me to achieve more personal enlightenment, satisfaction, and happiness than I ever knew was possible. Just because I’m not stressed every second and angry about how far behind in life I started than most others.

    So how did all this happen?


    I just needed to keep showing up. Not to say it was easy or that I ever believed it would happen. I wanted to give up more times than I can count. There wasn’t more than a handful or two of days between age 15 and 38 that I didn’t consider killing myself. But, despite everyone my whole life telling me I wasn’t confident, I refused to give up on myself. Maybe I didn’t believe that things would get better, but with all the shit I had been through, I didn’t want whatever the final straw it was that beat me to be the thing that I couldn’t overcome.

    I know what you’re thinking, that I need to give myself more credit. That I must’ve done something or worked hard enough to get to this point. That’s kind of my point though. I am not special. Working hard and to keep showing up takes absolutely no skill or talent. It’s the only reason I can do it. The only thing I will say that I did different to start this change in my life was to take a chance that things could be better for me elsewhere with a fresh start. I got an opportunity and finally didn’t blow it. Aside from that, I just kept showing up and working hard….and let time take care of the rest.

    Keep showing up for yourself


    #MentalHealth #Depression #SuicidePrevention #overcome

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    Just some strongman training. Trying to make these disabilities work for me.
    #CheerMeOn #strength #StayStrong #strongman #training #Lifting #ChronicPain #overcome


    #discouraged #overcome #Strongerthanmyillness

    I have always always tried my best and succeeded in using positive thoughts process to overcome whatever battle is going on in my life at the time. This one has me stumped, I'm so confused and unsure and scared and upset and I wanna make the pain stop and I don't know how to anymore and I have no one in my life who cares to help pick me up yet I'm always the one there to pick them up! I jus wanna quit, Im feeling not so strong anymore and my only wish is that it pass soon!!

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    Self discipline is self care… #overcome #MightyTogether

    In the past I’ve been one to struggle with self discipline. When you have an array of diagnosis’s, self care is preached in every moment. Give yourself Grace. Give yourself compassion. Give yourself love. Where all of those affirmational advices are entirely true. What, I feel us chronically ill forget to do, and sadly aids in falling into the spicy sads… is self discipline.
    Honestly, getting to the part where you love yourself can feel immeasurable. Especially when you battle daily with the fact that you are unwell and the light at the end of the tunnel is barely a spark. As humans we require help. We require aid. We require SOMETHING or SOMEONE outside of ourselves to survive. Contrary to what mainstream tries to say to the otherwise.
    I got one used to be the model for needing external validation/gratification. Through the help of therapy, I have redirected that pattern to… external motivation.
    Pick a goal. Outside of yourself. Because let’s be honest, we already have to focus on ourselves, heath, and otherwise all of the damn time. So pick a goal that’s outside of yourself that will undoubtedly perpetuate self love.
    My first out of self goal is to participate in a Tough Mudder obstacle course, despite the fact I struggle daily to stand on my own two feet. Or lift a gallon of milk without dislocating my shoulder.
    That doesn’t matter. The course is not times and is based on completion. That’s all I want to do. Complete it. Satisfy my inner retired athelte and remind myself I’m a badass. Even when it FEELS like I’m not.
    Our FEELINGS are valid. Our diagnosis are fact. What’s even better… is that you can take facts and feelings and do what ever the hell you want with them.
    Make the choice to practice self discipline. Especially on the days when your meatsuit wants to quit and your heart is heavy.
    Get angry.
    With yourself.
    With your health.
    With the situations out of your control.
    With all of it… get angry and use that anger to catapult yourself forward towards self love in spite of the facts.
    This is your life. Your reality. Make it what you want it to be. No. Matter. What.

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    I thought I’d share this #heal #overcome #Rise

    I download quotes like this on to my phone and computer constantly. Kind reminder notes and prayers to myself….always help me get through really difficult days.

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    Daily intention... #fearless #overcome #strength #warrior #inspo #GoodDay #intention #control #MastCellActivationDisorder

    Something that's helped me during my worst days, is to take back my control by setting a commitment to myself.

    Does it have to be dramatic or life-changing? No, but it allows me to steer my day no matter what may come my way.

    What's your daily intention? 🙏☀️

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    Others have it worse-and-your pain is valid!YES! I always need this reminder! And I DO know more from living through my journey! I think many of us do

    I found this a few days ago ...I really needed to read it and process it ... I love all of them … many share how I try to live my life! The second to last one really rang especially true for me right now - it is a great reminder to be gentle and kind to myself as I accept things as they are …its a hot topic for me right now! I just really beat myself up about it, journaled about it, and talked about it twice to a good friend and my therapist just in the last week.

    How I have had pain much worse before during my dark days in the past but currently have friends and family who have it worse than me right now, that I see that and say I should be able to handle this current pain because I’ve survived those times and dealt with that higher level of pain too.

    But I have to remind myself that when I did go through those (life threatening) experiences in my past I was totally dependent on others, had no responsibilities, nothing to worry about, my only focus was just staying alive! Now I live alone, lead an active and productive life (mostly) and the current pain still affects me day to day! Bottom line, I have to consistently remind myself it's all relative...And valid! #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #PeripheralNeuropathy #Migraine #VestibularMigraine #BackPain #neckpain #PainManagement #PTSD #Depression #Anxiety #BipolarDisorder #Bipolar1Disorder #BipolarDepression #MentalHealth #mentalhealthwarrior #MentalHealthHero #Addiction #AddictionRecovery #SOBER #HIVAIDS #happy #resilient #positiveattitude #fighter #overcome

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    Changing perspective can be as simple as feeling gratitude instead of getting stuck in a negative mind cycle

    “....its not what the world takes away from you that counts, it's what you do with what you have left!” Every day we wake up and have a choice...smile (even in the times of most adversity) or let things bring you down until all you can do is frown. Feeling sorry for yourself gets you nowhere, making the most of what you have builds character, confidence and gives us a chance for a reason to smile. Every day I have to make this choice, I pride myself in having a positive attitude and when I find myself focusing on all the things that have brought me down, instead being thankful that I survived it all...but there are some days when I fail...its a lifelong journey and every day that starts with a smile is a success. Some days it takes part of the day of allowing myself to suffer that I then can hopefully shift to remembering that I am thankful for all the blessings I have in my life to be grateful for! I choose to smile today!

    #Depression #Anxiety #MentalHealth #BipolarDisorder #BipolarDepression #Bipolar1Disorder #PTSD #Addiction #AddictionRecovery #SOBER #HIVAIDS #SurvivorsGuilt #PeripheralNeuropathy #COVID19 #ChronicMigraineSyndrome #ChronicMigraines #Headache #Disability #Happiness #positiveattitude #smile #overcome #Survivor #resilience #ItGetsBetter #Confidence #MightyTogether #MightyMinute #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #Chronicpainwarrior #thankful #grateful


    ...the blood moon.

    the blood moon has set.

    now, the sun rises.

    dawn gradually lights the observable sky…

    brighter… brighter… brighter still.

    wisdom begins its reign.

    I choose to avoid the alleys.

    I choose to escape the hustle.

    I don’t wish to gamble breath

    in the trappings of the shadows.

    instead, I seek the suns light,

    and long for the warming of my soul.

    fantasy land charges its admission

    in fractal pathways of neglected thinking.

    wisdom… is not paying the entry fee in the first place.

    wisdom… is also getting off the blood moon ride.

    wisdom… is leaving the park to search for something better.

    wisdom… is grounding on a firm foundation.

    the blood moon has set.

    the sun has risen.

    righteousness fills the land.

    fill me.

    the blood moon is fleeting…

    a known phenomenon that happens

    with the laws in place and the passing of time.

    but wisdom?

    wisdom comes from God…

    listening to Him… listening out for Him…

    looking for where He is at work…

    seeking diligently at all times,

    not just at the blood moon.

    © Mark Bryant. May 27th, 2021.

    [Proverbs 1-4]