One of the questions I get most when it comes to fighting through a vestibular disorder is: how do you do it? And when I'm asked this question I know the person is referring to the mental drive that carried me through. I can assure you that confidence does not happen overnight. I had to get incredibly uncomfortable every moment of every day for days, weeks, months...to find my peace with it.
I relentlessly moved through each day regardless of how I felt and fighting every moment somehow knowing I could do it no matter what.
My simple answer is just that I showed up.
When I felt like “I was standing on a moving dock” 24/7, I showed up.
When the anxiety was coursing through my body like fire, I showed up.
When I felt off kilter and completely detached from the world, I showed up.
I remember standing at Trader Joe’s feeling beyond awful and wondering if anyone else felt like me. What I've learned is that they do. There are so many others pushing through a chronic condition or something else that’s hard and heavy in their lives.
I expect that those obstacles are creating a season of growth for us, and we will shine brighter from those experiences.