Patience is not my strong point.
When I am injured or ill, I just want to be better as soon as possible. I don’t want to wait. I push myself to get back to normal. I push myself to achieve past normal.
Slowly, I am learning to be more patient. I am learning to listen to my body, to the signals of pain and fatigue. I am learning to put myself first when I need rest and to ask for help when needed.
I have been through a lot of recovery over the past 4 years; recovery from cancer surgery and treatment, recovery from sprains and muscle strains, recovery from mental illness, recovery from vitamin deficiency, and recovery from infection.
Recovery requires commitment and dedication, it requires adherence to physiotherapy and to medication schedules, it requires attendance at appointments, check ups and therapy, and it requires the individual to put in place all the self-help and self-care activities that will be beneficial in aiding recovery.
But above all recovery requires patience, because it will never be as quick as we would like it to be.