This literally happened to me. I was 26 years old. I wrote down all of my perceived health issues. It took a full page of a notebook - front and back. The doctor skimmed the list and looked at me like I was making everything up. He chuckled, "From this list, you should be pushing 60." I laughed appropriately, but I died inside just a little. I felt unheard and mocked. He then proceeded to tell me that I just needed to lose weight. He said I was "fat because I was fat". He proceeded to talk about metabolic syndrome and poly-cystic ovarian syndrome. His big conclusion: I needed to exercise more.
He didn't know I was in the middle of learning Exercise Science at the time. I was in the process of receiving a degree in EXERCISE! I graduated with honors, even. I had a certification to teach Pilates, Group Fitness, Aquatic Exercise, and more...
Three years later, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.
In 2011, I discovered through a research study that I am "high functioning". I KNOW I am feeling at my best because I use healing tools, energetic balancings, behavior modifications, nutritious food selections, and emotional release techniques to take care of myself every day. This doesn't mean I am perfect in the management of this debilitating condition. It means I do what I can and I have a big tool box. Some days are more challenging than others. I have learned to celebrate myself more than belittle myself. This is a journey of self-acceptance, humility, and perseverance that I know is preparing me to help others heal in a profound way.