Accept nothing less than what you deserve.

✨ It is completely amazing to me, to have so much freedom back. ✨

👉To be able to go where I want, when I want.

👉 To be able to move, how I want to move.

I’m going to let you guys in on a little secret, though.

Sometimes, it’s bittersweet. 🍁

Now that I’ve found my own answers, I can look back and see that none of this was impossible.

It never had to be impossible.

Now that I look back, I honestly do think a lot of the difficulty I faced in getting a diagnosis – and being taken seriously – was because I was female, experiencing a problem that usually (but not always!) affects women.

There’s a kind of power, a clarity in realizing this – so many times I was brushed aside – now I know that it was never my fault. I’m freeing myself of this burden. 🍁

Yet, at the same time, my eyes are open more than ever – I see the same pattern play out in my female clients, who go to doctors with legitimate questions and given nothing –

I see affect my male clients too – because if you aren’t “tough,” if you don’t fit the mold, you also aren’t seen quite the same way

This burden of self-blame, I’m putting down.

I feel free – but filled with regret at the same time. For not seeing it sooner, for letting the misogyny that’s still truly endemic throughout our society cause me to doubt myself.

And so it’s bittersweet.

✨ To all of you out there, of any and all genders – Please, stand up for yourselves ✨

👉Don’t accept a vague answer, when you asked a very specific question.

👉 Don’t accept an “I don’t know, maybe you just need to get over this” or a question about your mental health, when you came in asking for help for your physical health.

You have a right to be here. ✨

You have a right to ask and be heard.✨

You can find answers for what you’re going through — whether it’s SI joint, hypermobility, or any other chronic or “invisible” illness–

The first step is to believe in yourself, and then to accept nothing less.

Published by Christy Collins

Hi, I'm Christy! I'm a health coach who helps people overcome SI joint dysfunction and chronic pain.

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