I’m not one for giving up on things or people.
I have a really hard time with the idea of someone being mad at me. If I find out someone doesn’t like me, I’m equally as conflicted. Not like ME? I’m like the nicest person you’ll ever meet.
I don’t give up on people and certainly not a friend. When a friend of mine stopped talking to me a few years back, I was devastated. She was going through a difficult time in her life dealing with the loss of a child and infertility issues on top of that. When I became pregnant with my 3rd baby, it was hard for her to be around me. Her way to deal with things was to completely stop talking to me. This saddened me to no avail but I never gave up on her.
To this day, we are talking again and things are good. She had a 2nd child and is now expecting twins.
I digress now to another topic.
In the last five years, I gave up on myself. To be more specific, I gave up on my health. I put everything else in my world ahead of taking care of myself. Pretty typical of a Mother, I think.
Now, you all know about my cholesterol levels.
Recently, I shared with you how I discovered I was Anemic.
Somewhere between being a mom, a part-time teacher, a wife, a sister, a daughter and a friend, I lost track of what really matters.
I got a huge wake-up call about two months ago when my doctor told me I was extremely deficient in iron. This really scared me. What scared me most of all was not knowing how much damage I had done to myself by completely ignoring my low iron levels all these years. I may have made things worse letting it go untreated for so long.
The more I think about it, the more I kick myself for being so neglectful.
Rather than sulking though, I made it my mission to change my ways. No more taking myself for granted. No more putting everything else in my life before my health and well-being.
Two months ago, my iron level was at a measly 95.
A normal iron level for a woman my age is between the numbers 115-150.
I have diligently taken my special prescription iron supplements daily for the last 2 months.
After a month on them, I started to be less sleepy, yawn less frequently, be less cold, have more energy AND … the dark circles under my eyes slowly disappeared.
And guess what friends?
My iron level is now at 130.
I have a long way to go yet to be as healthy as I need to be at my age but I’m pretty confident I’ll get there.
That’s what caring about yourself can do.
Never give up.
I feel so good knowing I’ve taken control of my health.
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