#HAWMC Day 8 – I Know I Can!

Today is Day 8 of #HAWMC (WEGO’s Health Activist Writers Monthly Challenge).  The prompt today is:

Little Engine Post. Write a list post with 10-15 lines that start each with “I think I can…” Write 5 lines at the end that start with “I know I can.” They can be big goals or something that’s been on your to-do list for the last few weeks- it’s all up to you.

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I started writing this post and listed all these things under “I think I can” and realized that they all should be under “I KNOW I CAN”!  This post will list a lot of things that are a challenge, but I KNOW I can do it!!  It’s a pretty random list, things that came to mind as I was writing,and it’s in no particular order.

  • I KNOW I can finish this blogging challenge.  (having a chronic illness can make every commitment a challenge, but I know I can do it!)
  • I KNOW I can visit two friends in one day this weekend.  (this could prove to be a challenge.  I will be visiting them after riding in a car for 3  hours.  I hope all will go well.  I really want to see my friends, I don’t have many and I don’t get to see them often. I know I can do it!)
  • I KNOW I can help cook sometimes. (I actually helped hubby cook on Sunday!  Something I love to do, but has become too dangerous because of my disequilibrium and vertigo.  However, on good days, I can still help!)
  • I KNOW I can keep up my blog.  (there are times that I doubt I can keep this blog going.  When my health interferes it takes so much to keep writing, but I know it is then that I need to write the most.  I need to let others see me vulnerable.  There may be times that posts don’t come as often as I’d like, but I know I can keep it up!)
  • I KNOW I can be the best advocate for me. (there is no one who knows me as well as I do, therefore there is no one who can advocate for me as well as I can.  My healthcare team beware! 🙂
  • I KNOW I can have the courage to try new treatments.  (sometimes I feel I’m done, I just don’t want to try any more.  I know there is not cure.  I’m tired of trying.  But, I know I have the courage to keep trying.  I need to try.)
  • I KNOW I can go on vacation with my husband.  (We’ve been talking about going to visit family that lives close to 3000 miles away, I know I can fly and go on the trip.  Crossing all fingers and toes!)
  • I KNOW I can go shopping. (With my hubby or a good friend I know I can go shopping.  I just need my trusty walker and I should be good to go.  On a good day that is.)
  • I KNOW I can take a bath by myself.  (this really is an I THINK I can.  I may not be able to.  I have a lot of anxiety taking a bath or shower because of vertigo and overall disequilibrium.  I am better with a bath than a shower.  However, sometimes I still have vertigo start when I am in the bath and I need help, FAST.  So I think I can take a bath by myself.  That doesn’t mean I really can, so normally hubby helps me get in the tub and leaves me and I just yell if I need him.)
  • I KNOW I can have fun with my husband.  (we laugh together almost every day, not matter how sick I am.)
  • I KNOW I can be a good friend. (I think I’m a better friend now than I was before I got sick.)
  • I KNOW I can live with this pain. (sometimes I doubt this, but I know I can do it!  The  pain from the migraines and the degenerative disc can be overwhelming at times.)
  • I KNOW I can be an advocate for others living with chronic illnesses, especially those with Meniere’s Disease. (I’m just a little voice in a large pond, but I’ll use my little voice as much as I can.)
  • I KNOW I CAN……

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10 thoughts on “#HAWMC Day 8 – I Know I Can!

  1. I have gotten behind – reading so many daily posts from all my blogging buddies makes for a longer long day than usual, and I run out of steam before I run out of desire. 🙂 (I think I can catch up relatively quickly, but I KNOW I can catch up eventually!)

    I loved reading this one, Wendy – it was so inspiring on so many levels. What I liked especially is that your “knows” are things you actually WANT to do. I believe that most of us can “know we can” do a great many things – but that doesn’t necessarily mean they belong in our schedules. Some of them are “should” goals – but not in your list above.

    I continue to be amazed by your positive attitude, despite all you must overcome on a daily basis. I send you love and encouragement – always – even when life gets too busy for me to jump over to remind you.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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    1. Pop over when you get the chance. I always treasure your support and input on my posts. You are a wonderful.
      I’m so glad you like this post. It took me a while to get started, but once I got going I had a hard time stopping. Ha!
      Thanks again for coming by. No worries if you can’t come by often, I’m here. Will see you soon.

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          1. I am SICK about it, Wendy – physically sick to my stomach, intestines in an uproar. All I want to do is go back to bed and sleep through the next four years.

            But I guess I’d better enjoy the final few months that America still resembles the America in which I thought I was living.

            GOD HELP US ALL!

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              1. FIRST, Wendy, I have to find a way to recover from a potent mix of shock, depression, anger and anxiety. I can see no silver linings today.

                From a couple of comments I sprinkled around the blogs today:
                “We are sleeping on a volcano… A wind of revolution blows, the storm is on the horizon.” ~ Alexis de Tocqueville, a French political thinker and historian, most famous for his work Democracy in America.

                He is also credited with the following: “Every country has the government it deserves” and “In a democracy people get the leaders they deserve.”

                I hang my head in shame for the choice made by only slightly over 50% of the people who voted. I fear that their reactionary “broom sweeping” may end us all – they have elected a reactionary with ZERO political experience. It doesn’t bode well, to say the least.

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