war · ri · or| ˈwôrēər | noun. A brave or experienced soldier or fighter.
I believe it's fair to say that I have developed a certain level of bravery over the years with respect to speaking about psoriasis. However, you better believe that it didn't just happen overnight. My journey has been unique and I'm sure that you may have an equally unique psoriasis story as well. Battling from the football field to the workforce to the world of psoriasis is, in and of itself, a true testament to the strength that we are all capable of tapping into when faced with adversity.
I use the word battle specifically because there is an immense conflict of thoughts, emotions, and outcomes that we - as psoriasis patients - are well aware of. The constant battle is that of coping with the conflicting notions of being “victorious” and feeling utterly powerless in relation to the disease. Trust me I've had my weak moments when I've felt mad or frustrated but I had to realize that it's all a process; and like all processes there is a cycle of growth. Once you grow as a person and accept psoriasis for what it is, you will then be able to battle against the disease and step into empowerment.
My current battle is all about becoming a better me and avoiding feelings of self-pity. When grappling with how to achieve these goals, I arrived at the realization that I need to accept the things I cannot change and adjust the things I am able to control. For example, just because my scalp is flaky that doesn't mean I can't look good when I go out in public; It just means that I need to find a regimen that allows me to groom myself appropriately. There have been highs and lows but now I feel unstoppable because I won't let this disease defeat me. I have learned from teachers, coaches, business owners, influencers, and my elders; and the one thing that is consistent with all their teachings is determination and resiliency.
At the end of the day I think it's all about those important concepts: determination and resiliency. If you look at a warrior, they embody those traits. “Victory” is in the eye of the beholder. Perhaps you have different goals than I do. That's perfectly fine! I believe that once you accept what you can't control and focus your energy on the things you can change, it is possible to feel victorious like a warrior. I am a Warrior, so are YOU!
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