I have found that the most important thing I need to do is to listen to my body. Some days I am wiser about this than others. If I wake up and feel that I have a lot of energy and little fatigue or pain, I sometimes overdo; that, I have learned, is a mistake. Why? Because that night or the next day I am down for the count, meaning, in more pain than normal, extremely fatigued and with little or no energy. The key seems to be moderation even on “good days” and resting in between. Prayer and Bible study on a daily basis are also very crucial to my wellness. That is what gives me the wisdom, strength and courage to fight and not give in to feeling sorry for myself, feeling angry at the loss of my former life and profession. It is easy to become depressed, especially in the winter when it is often difficult to get out as much as I would like to. I also have learned to stay in contact with friends with similar circumstances, if not polio’s late effects, then another chronic illness. We pray for one another and support one another. Just knowing that there is always someone who cares and is willing to listen or share how they are feeling is a positive influence. I know that attitude is everything. Being positive is best and also having a good sense of humor, especially about my disabilities and memory loss. God is so good to me. I hope you will share your feelings, also.
Mary K., Illinois