Coincidentally, I stumbled across your webpage on Facebook last night right after I completed my first workout in over one year. I have always been an avid athlete and enjoyed physical activities, so this past year has been crippling for me in many ways. I suffered 7 years through my teenage & early adult years with an autoimmune disorder, which required heavy doses of steroids & chemotherapy. I had a few years of relief when it entered into remission but just a few years ago, I found myself constantly getting sick with infections.
In February 2013 I finally had surgery to remove my tonsils and then April 2013 was sinus surgery – all in hopes of alleviating my infections! Unfortunately, I never recovered from the surgeries and my doctor was stumped with what he thought was a nasty post-op infection. It finally took an infectious disease doctor & immunologist to diagnose me with CVID this past August 2013. I started monthly IVIG treatments in October 2013 but after just one round, I had to increase the frequency to every three weeks. For the last few months I have thrown myself one wicked pity party and I found myself growing more and more depressed… missing the life I had for those few years of health. Everyday I mourned another day lost to sickness and grew weary thinking of “how long will it be until I can run again? Play softball? Kickball? Horseback ride? How long until I feel up to going out and socializing with friends? How long until CVID no longer controls my every day?”
I had an IVIG treatment this past Thursday and slept the entire weekend, ‘resting up’ for better days. Something inside of me snapped late on Sunday night. Out of the blue I said to myself, “Something must change. Make the change. Just do it. Stop waiting to get better. Make yourself better however you can.” After working Monday, I came home and changed clothes and headed straight to the gym. One hour later, I jogged my first 2 miles in over a year and completed some basic core strengthening exercises. I felt emotionally and mentally ecstatic and incredible. And surprisingly, not too sore today. I just got back from my second workout. My goal? To spend two weeks horseback riding through an European country as I did just three years ago.
I will be better. I have stopped waiting to be better. I am so thankful to have found your webpage when I did – it will be my inspiration and motivation!