Progress …

Several days ago, I posted that I was working on getting my studio straightened up so that I can use it for coaching office space. I am pleased to say that it is coming along nicely! In fact, I can finally see the surface of my desk! It had gotten cluttered enough that I didn’t even like sitting at it to work. It should be clear tomorrow afternoon — and then I can get back to work! Good thing, too, because I have an art festival coming up in the beginning of November (Red Dirt in Redlands) that I need to start preparing for.  Then, there’s Art on State Street (also in Redlands) later in the month. Stay tuned for more details!

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I have an important doctor’s appointment tomorrow. I’m meeting with the rheumatologist to get test results. A couple of months ago, she tentatively diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia, pending tests to rule out some other things. I’m not sure what I’m hoping to find out tomorrow, but I know I want answers. I’m tired of living, not just with the pain and fatigue, but with the uncertainty. I know from my experience with another chronic condition, that having a name to put with my symptoms can make all the difference when it comes to dealing with those symptoms. A name is not only informative, it’s affirmative, especially with something that seems to be all in my head.

I’ve already taken steps toward dealing with the tentative diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and I’m feeling much better these days. I’m hoping to continue to feel better, no matter what the doctor says.

As a student of the Law of Attraction, it would be tempting to try to ignore the symptoms and hope that by focusing my energy somewhere more positive, they’d go away. In fact, I’ve been publicly criticized for my attention to my symptoms and for trying to find answers. Here’s the way I see it — The pain is sometimes severe enough that ignoring it is simply not an option. With a diagnosis, I have a direction for the changes I need to make. And, without so much uncertainty, this won’t be at the forefront of my mind. I’m actually, by pursuing medical treatment, taking the path of least resistance. I’m actually paying less attention to it than I was before I started seeing a doctor about it. Sometimes days go by that I don’t think about the pain (since there’s less of it because of the changes I’ve been making) or wonder what’s going on with my body. For days at a time, I’m able to feel good and enjoy the feelings.

To me, that’s progress!

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I’m pleased to announce that I’ve decided to join with several other Blogtoberfest participants by hosting a giveaway. I’ll be collecting comments and on 31 October, I’ll use an online random number generator to draw a name. The prize will be a package of my handmade Simple Sayings Motivational Cards. Multiple entries are accepted, but only one comment per post will count as an entry.

34 Responses to Progress …
  1. Julia Stanfield
    October 17, 2012 | 2:15 AM

    Oooh, sounds like a lovely giveaway!

  2. Fleur
    October 17, 2012 | 4:36 AM

    Seeing the surface of your desk is always a good thing! And having reached such a goal means: treat yourself 😉 In my case that would be a bit of chocolate!

    And don’t forget: there is more to life than being ill. Therefore be kind to yourself.

    Ciao, Fleur

  3. Sandy
    November 4, 2012 | 4:53 AM

    So sorry to hear about your health issues, I hope you find answers and healing very soon.

    I loved your artwork featured on Seth’s blog, it was like gazing into a happy color crayon box, bright, vivid, and happy!

  4. Kat
    November 28, 2012 | 7:08 PM

    Hope your test results were Ok, Cindy and that you are taking some gentle time for yourself.
    I just wanted to let you know that I’m hosting another (albeit gentler and more introspective) blog challenge over the month of December called #reverb12.
    Would be so rapt if you joined us!
    There’s a little giveaway too. 🙂
    Details here: http://isawyoudancing.blogspot.com.au/p/reverb12.html
    Take care
    Kat xxx

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