August 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm
My name is Talisa, and I am 24. I was diagnosed with GBS back in Oct 2011, and with going through the ups and down of this syndrome for about 10 months, I am grateful. I know, it’s like, why are you grateful to go through this? Well, I know of others that are doing worse than I am: wheel chair bound for life, need a respirator daily, unable to feed themselves, and live in the ICU part of the hospital for months. I experience severe pain and weakness, and am unable to do alot of things, but I’m alive, and can see the sun rise and set. Sometimes you don’t really appreciate the small things until something happens to you or others. Now I appreciate being able to tie my shoes, write my name, type for a little, breathe fresh air! I will never take the small things in life for granted ever again! I know everyone is experiencing different symptoms, recovery speeds, etc., but just stay positive! Smile when you’re in pain, laugh and relax. Be optimistic, and watch your journey change. I pray for each and every one of you that you stay strong and look up! Even if this lasts for weeks, months, or years, enjoy life as much as possible 🙂 Have faith that no matter what comes your way, you will survive! You will get through this! You’re stronger than you know! God bless you all!!
AnonymousAugust 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm
What a wonderful post – your positive energy just shines right through! Many will benefit from that. And if there ever is a time when you need someone to listen to you, we are here. (Although with all the website changes it looks like participation is lower than it was.) I am 54 now and am 15 years into this new life. I remember thinking back then that this was God’s way of making me slow down and smell the roses. It’s amazing how much more you can see when we are forced to look at life as a gift and not take it for granted. And with this illness and long-term affects (for some) we also find out who our true friends are. God bless you too!
August 22, 2012 at 4:36 am
Thank you! I’m glad to be able to encourage someone. It’s nothing like getting encouragement from someone who understands what you are going through firsthand. Family and some friends may be there, but they don’t really understand, and some may think you’re faking or not feeling as bad as you say. Even after 15 years of going through this, you are still standing strong and are an encouragement to me, that no matter how long I may experience this, take time to smell the roses and enjoy life! And yes! I am already experiencing seeing who my real friends are. It’s better to know now, than to have wasted time entertaining non-genuine friends. It hurts but true friends are hard to find. I’m seeing now who’s by my side and who’s not. I cherish the real ones 🙂
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