A Different Kind of Self Care | Life Update

Self-care is a super hot topic right now, and rightfully so, as it’s a very necessary and often overlooked thing that people should be doing regularly.  The definition of self-care is “any action we do deliberately to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.” This can be practically anything from taking a nap, spending time doing your nails, going to the gym, practicing a little retail therapy, alone time, etc. Like I said, self-care can be anything, and everyone’s definition of self-care can be very different. At the end of the day, it’s about making the unselfish decision to something to care for you and you alone. 

Self-care can often be looked upon as being selfish, but it’s actually quite the opposite.  We’ve all heard the saying “you can’t pour from an empty cup” which is the truth. If your cup isn’t filled, how are you going to pour yourself out to others? As we hear in the obligatory safety video every single time we’re on an airplane “please put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others.” What good will you be to others if you can’t take care of yourself?  Without making a conscious effort to make sure you’re mentally, emotionally, and physically at your best, you will not be able to be of much help to anyone, including yourself. 

While I am an active participant in my own little self-care routines of at home manicures and facials, time to do what I want, lighting candles and diffusing essential oils, and treating myself to the occasional treat for no reason other than it makes me happy, I recently started on a much more complicated, time consuming, and physically demanding version of self-care, and it could quite possibly be the most important decision I’ve made in recent years. 

I started physical therapy. 

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You Know You Have CMT When…

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I recently posted a CMT 101 type post to tell you all about my disability (disease, disorder, whatever you want to call it) called “What is CMT.”  I wrote that post primarily because I wanted to write this one, but I felt you guys deserved an explanation of CMT first.

I am the member of several CMT groups online, and one day someone posted simply saying “You know you have CMT when…” and waited for the comments.  Reading the thread of that post brought me so much joy. It was so refreshing for me to read things that are common in my life (and my family) happening to other people.

Now, before you think that’s mean of me to say, remember this: People with CMT live with it every single day.  We learn how to live with what it does to our bodies, and many of us have accepted this as reality.  So many people on the thread commented about how great it is to know there are others like them.  If you know these everyday “mishaps” won’t change, isn’t it nice to know that you aren’t alone?

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What is CMT?

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As some of you may or may not know, I have a physical disability called CMT.  It stands for Charcot Marie Tooth disease, and contrary to many people’s first impressions of the name, it has absolutely nothing to do with my teeth.

As my blog following begins to grow, I’ve been feeling compelled to try and do more with it.  While I’ve been searching for ways to expand my content, I feel that one of the subject matters I need to touch on more often is life with CMT.  I know that CMT is more common than people realize, and the general awareness of it is rather small compared to other diseases of the same severity.  I’m sitting here, a blogger that is getting hits every day, talking about all sorts of things, and yet, I’ve really only touched on CMT once, and it was in my personal story of life with CMT.  It’s time I try to raise just a little bit more awareness.  For starters, I want everyone to know a little bit more about what CMT is. Don’t worry, I won’t go all “in-depth research paper” on you.  I just want to share a little bit of information. Read more