Growing Gratitude is a bi-monthly blog series that I’ve created to share short entries on thankfulness. I’m a firm believer in the notion that when we find things to give thanks for, the world opens up and more good things happen.
I’m grateful for steroids. That’s the post. That’s the tweet.
Since August 2020, I’ve been on various amounts of steroids. My doctors were looking for a way to keep me from falling apart further while formulating a treatment plan for my illness. My doctors prescribed me a really popular steroid and although I don’t love taking it, I feel blessed to have had access to it.
I don’t know anyone who likes to take pharmaceuticals. It honestly sucks, and I wonder everyday what the long-term impacts will be on my body. The side effects alone have been terrible. Weight fluctuations, moon face, insomnia, mood swings, fluctuating glucose levels, joint issues, and more. However, I have felt the impacts of not having medication, and they are less fun than any of these side effects.
Many people live with conditions that require that they take steroids long-term. I am praying that steroid therapy only lasts for one season of my life. I used to be someone who swore off all pharmaceuticals if I could help it. Even Tylenol was sparingly used. However, this season of my life has caused me to see things differently. I believe fully in the power of green juice, exercise and plants. But sometimes, we were going to get sick despite all that we did to stay healthy. Life and genetics are just like that.
And because I believe that there likely wasn’t much I could do to stop HES from happening to me, I find myself grateful for medicine that could stand in the gap. Steroids helped me stay “up” in 2020. They held me down until I could begin my new medication. To me, that makes them deserving of my appreciation.
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