The Theory of Everything

A couple of days ago my sister and I rented two Redbox movies. We got Big Hero 6 and The Theory of Everything.

Big Hero 6 was a lot funnier than I thought it would be. Of course were also a lot of feels because it was a Disney movie. I found myself really relating to Baymax:


The Theory of Everything was an amazing movie and actually very inspirational. If you don’t know what it’s about, it’s about the relationship of Stephen and Jane Hawking.

It also showed Stephen’s struggle with his disease and how he slowly lost control of his fine motor skills. He became wheelchair bound, he had a tracheotomy, and he needed someone take care of him 24/7. Through the whole process he never gave up and never lost his sense of humor. They had only given him 2 years to live, but he is still alive today at 72. He has written several books and won many awards.

This is such an inspiration especially lately. I’ve been having a lot of rough days with my Graves. Ever since I got those hives a couple of months ago, I’ve been feeling really crappy. Even though the hives are gone, I still have other symptoms show up. It’s one thing after another. I’ll admit, I have been throwing myself some pity parties lately. I’m not saying I’m not allowed to be in pain and have bad days, but I’ve been complaining about it a lot. Though I have this illness and feel sick and tired most days, I still have quite a bit to be thankful for. I’m in a couple of Graves’ Disease groups on Facebook and a lot of people in the group complain about the smallest things; though some of the people in there really do have it a lot worse. I try not to dwell on what the negative Nancys say and count my blessings.

Every time I have a complaint, I try to counter it with a blessing that others are not fortunate enough to count:

  • Even though I have a hard time getting out of bed every morning, I’m still alive to face another day.
  • Even I hurt all over when I walk and move slowly, I still have the ability to walk.
  • I often get headaches, but I still have my sight.
  • I’m always tired and have trouble sleeping at night, but I have a bed to “sleep” in and a roof over my head.

And the list goes on.

I still have my rough days, but I’m trying to complain about it less because I know other people have their own problems.

Every morning as I’m lying in bed trying to talk myself into getting up, I make sure to include my blessings. They are my fuel to get me through the day. If I just sit around having a pity party, I actually make myself feel worse and nothing gets done. When I stay positive, I feel better and stuff actually gets done, even if it’s a small simple task. It’s one more thing that wouldn’t have gotten down if I had been pitying myself.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ms. Health-Esteem
    Aug 28, 2015 @ 21:14:03

    I can definitely relate to how you’re feeling! Graves Disease isn’t easy, but finding ways to keep positive really does help. I’m glad you have such an awesome positivity ritual. I hope that you’re feeling better soon <3.


    • MadMusings
      Aug 30, 2015 @ 18:57:38

      I’ve found that keeping a positive attitude is important on the road to feeling better. And thanks. I’m going to see my (old) Endo this Tuesday. Hopefully he can give me some answers until I can get into see my new one.


  2. Ms. Health-Esteem
    Aug 30, 2015 @ 20:33:49

    I hope so! And I hope that your new endo is awesome. Rooting for you! 🙂


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