Sometimes it is very difficult to even like my body, let alone love it when it is hurting and letting me down. This post written by Em, That Silver Spoonie got me thinking……
It’s really tempting to hate your own body when you’re chronically ill, especially when you have autoimmune diseases. I mean, when you have autoimmune problems, you’re body isn’t even trying to ward off an outside invader…your body is literally attacking itself!
I had a very short stint with basketball in the 7th grade, and during one game, I accidentally scored a basket against my own team. I felt great about myself until my teammates were all glaring at me and I had realized my mistake. That basketball game was a pretty accurate metaphor for autoimmune disease, except your body doesn’t usually have that “a-hah moment” where it realizes that it’s working against its own teammates. It just continues to screw you over, unaware that it’s trashing your body instead of trashing the enemy.
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