#HealthChronicles: Listening to Your Body’s Cues

Have you ever felt a discomfort in your body like something just wasn’t quite right but you ignored it? You thought to yourself that it “wasn’t that serious” or perhaps you felt the doctor might treat your concerns trivially.

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If you’re reading this, I’m sure at one time or another you’ve felt that way. I know I have on multiple occasions. However, through experience I’ve learned to trust my gut instincts and go to the doctors even when something may feel like nothing.

There’s a saying that I’ve heard throughout my life that is: “health is wealth.” And while health may not seem like much in monetary value it certainly has value nonetheless. Good health allows us to do the things we need to do to sustain ourselves, our families and our lifestyles. That’s not to say that bad health makes it impossible to do but it certainly makes it inherently harder.

I’ll be honest in saying that I didn’t always see the value in listening to my body’s warning signals because they didn’t seem significant enough. Most times the doctors would insist I just needed to “lose weight”, not realizing that my weight fluctuation was a red flag for my thyroid disease.

After awhile it seemed every complaint I had was met with “lose weight” so much so that I began to doubt my internal voice when things in my body didn’t feel right. Fast forward to present day where I’ve been diagnosed with 3 chronic illnesses, I no longer disregard my body’s concerns and warning signs anymore.

I’ve made it my business to talk to my team of physicians and specialists as often as I need to when something feels off. I’d much rather seem like a pest to my doctor than I would potentially compromise my health and my safety.

As a society we are bombarded by everyone’s opinion of what good health is and what it looks like. The reality is, good health varies from person to person and takes into account things that the commercialism of this world does not take into consideration i.e history, genetics, and lifestyle.

There is no one on the planet who knows your body better than YOU. Never discount how valid your instincts are about your body.

Keep your health first!

Until next time ya’ll,

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