One advantage I believe that was in my favor when I
tested positive was that I had been in recovery
from alcoholism and drug addiction for a few years.
Thus I had an understanding of the importance
of living One Day At A Time.
Although I must admit, it took several weeks for this
to kick back in. We have to make the most of each
day that we are still here and alive. Our emotional
attitudes and beliefs definitely can cause disease
or the progression of disease. Our immune
systems are so complex and affected by our external
environment as well as internal hormonal changes and
chemicals that are released by our brain. All of these--our
bodies, emotions and spirit-- are all linked together
and any changes can have a profound effect. If we
are angry or at peace or under extreme stress, all cause
different chemical reactions within us, thus effecting
our immune responses.We must focus on the here and now.
We are alive NOW, so we need to make the most of it!
We must decide what's really important to us and
what doesn't matter. What little things during our day are
we able to change or what must be accepted as is?
We need to reduce the stress in our lives and find other
activities to do that provide some inner peace and
"calm" time.There are days that we are not feeling
well--increased fatigue, physical aches and pains
but our lives go on. There are still obligations.
I still work, there are still bills to pay, a child to raise
(he was 9 when I tested +), a marriage and my
sobriety to maintain. There are still so many things that
need to be done. There are even occasions that
I forget about the virus for a while!
In Alcoholics Anonymous, part of the program is
to live in today. I can make amends for things in my past
because now that I am faced with my own mortality,
I certainly don't want to have any undue burdens or
guilt. They are too heavy to keep carrying around.
And I need all my strength. So I choose not to
live in the past nor regret it any longer. I have no
idea what's going to happen tomorrow because it's
not here yet, so, today is all I have.
If we stand with one foot in yesterday
and one foot in tomorrow
we pee all over today!!
So find a way to reduce stress and live positive!
Try exercise, reading, meditating, writing, drawing,
painting, sewing, listening to music
or enjoy the outdoors.