Discarding my Obsessions with Understanding Death and Illness
Posted Jun 11 2010 9:58am
Today, another step in a positive direction; I’ve officially turned off my Google Alerts for the following keywords:
Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
Autoimmune Disease and autoimmunity
Sure, it’s great to know what’s happening and at times I even find articles within these alerts that I write about here, YET they do more harm than help on my mental state most of the time. Every single Scleroderma alert typically opens up with an announcement of someone’s death that is covered in a small town newspaper. It talks about their fight with this incurable disease, and how this good person didn’t stand a chance against it… and while I purposely don’t let it affect me, it must do damage and terrify me on some level because I think of them from time to time. Really though, who needs to read about death every day?
The thing is, I’ve gotta keep my head in the “game”, and my healing and positivity game when it comes to my condition is pretty on point right now. I’m happy to let these obsessions go. Once upon a time I felt like if I read every single piece of information regarding my condition(s) available out there on the web I would miraculously cure myself. Like, if I could just wrap my head around these illnesses, or narrow it down to the very second I got ill, or my heart started failing, and somehow make myself understand, I would make it all disappear…
Happy to be at this point. Baby steps, but progress nonetheless! The only Google Alert that I kept? My fave, Stevie Nicks.