Re: Anger

January 11, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I guess it depends on how anger is being used by the individual whether it’s doing that person any good or not. It doesn’t work for everybody.

Simply put, anger has fueled my recovery from CIDP. Anger at my family for not understanding what my disease is all about and anger at my neurologist for his cavalier attitude and downright arrogance when I was at my worst. I was bedridden for months, couldn’t stand up at all, and nearly died in a nursing home. This was just 11 months ago.

But I used anger to create an enormous chip on my shoulder once I finally started to feel better (plasmapheresis treatments helped me tremendously) and it only took me roughly 5 months to fully recover.

Once I was back to full strength (which is rare in itself for this disease) in July, I set out to lose as much weight as I could so that I’ll be in the best physical condition possible if and when I have a regression.

I’ve lost far more weight than I could have realistically expected in the last 6 months (110 lbs) and I’ve accomplished two nearly impossible tasks in less than one year. I feel better now than I have at any point in the last 10 years.

Anger is not always a bad thing. Use it to motivate yourself and it can be a very powerful tool to keep you working hard every day.