Seeking Rainbows in the Rain

By Sophie Schlosser

Tuesday, Jan 19 2016

The most inspirational expression I have ever heard is you can’t have a rainbow without a little bit of rain. This quote perfectly describes my highlights and obstacles over the past few years.

With my autoimmune condition, I never know when I will have a bad day or a good day. Some of my hardest moments have been my flare-ups. When I have a flare-up, I feel like I may never be able to walk again and that my life is horrible. The most challenging part is how quickly a flare-up can occur and without any warning. I could be perfect one day and unable to walk the next.  

When I was first diagnosed, staying positive was not something I was very good at. I was always complaining about taking my medicine or the fact that my feet were swollen and painful every morning, making it difficult for me to walk.

But then, I would think to myself that so many people have it worse than me. I realized I should be thankful that I can take medication to control my symptoms, and when I do have a flare-up, it is temporary.

Today, having experienced three flare-ups over the past few years, I have learned that being negative and complaining does not help me whatsoever. If I keep my head up and try to smile, even when I am in pain, it seems to put me in a better mood and gives me more hope for getting better sooner.

Being positive can be really difficult and almost impossible at times, but what I realized is once I learned to confidently face the difficulties in my life, everything started slowly improving. Now here I am today, not EVER complaining about my medicine and always remaining positive.

Getting through the hard times in my life, whether it involves my condition or something entirely different, has taken effort and optimism. I just like to think to myself that everything happens for a reason, and if I smile and have a different mindset about it, then things will get easier.

I have never let my autoimmune condition define me, and I have never let it keep me from doing something. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Finding that light may be hard and might require a few changes of direction in your life, but it is there and you will find it. I try and always remember that.

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Comments

You are so inspiring, and we are praying for you. Our teen, Becca, is on a journey to find a diagnosis. No one can figure out her sudden illness of 6 months now (sick, fatigue, hives, joint pain/swelling and now walks w/crutches) If you have any suggestions, our email is lmtuska@aol.com. You gave us hope reading your story. Stay strong & know you are encouraging to others.
Posted by Lisa & Becca on June 23, 2016

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