Stop Claiming your Diagnosis!
Posted on September 9, 2011
When we are diagnosed by a medical practitioner, we have not been given anything other than a name for a list of symptoms. I commonly hear patients, friends and family say things like “the Doctor said I have _______.” Whether it is a common cold, auto-immune diseases like fibromyalgia, lupus, irritable bowel or arthritis, or hypo/hyperthyroid when we go around saying I have it, we are programming our brain and body to hold on to the symptoms associated with whatever it is. This is not about denial or arguing with our medical practitioners, it is about becoming aware of our language and way of being.
It is a good idea to educate yourself on whatever diagnosis was given. If you take the name and google it you will be able to find all sorts of information out there about it. Some of this information is more valuable than others… not everything on the internet is true, correct or useful. In general any dis-ease is exactly that – the body is not at ease. Improving diet, exercise, adding an appropriate supplement, meditating and many other lifestyle changes may be helpful in reducing or eliminating symptoms associated with certain dis-eases.
Here are some examples of how to rephrase a diagnosis:
Instead of saying “I have fibromyalgia” say, “I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.” Instead of saying “I have hypertension” say “the last few times my blood pressure was measured it was higher than the Doctor would like.” This puts it in the past as if it is done and over with as well as not claiming it as something that is in your possession.
If you are currently having symptoms say “I am experiencing (whatever the symptom is pain, sensitivity, dizziness etc).” Again, you are not claiming your diagnosis as something you possess, but sharing your experience. Depending on situation adding an explanation like “I was told by the Doctor this is a symptom associated with _____” may help those around you have an understanding of what is going on without claiming you have ____.
Sometimes when I work with people on this, they retort “So you think it is all in my head? And I’m really not _____?” or “so I’m to blame?” NO! This is not blaming, denial or saying that everything is psychosomatic. It is however, saying that our brain is a very powerful force in our life. And when we consistently identify with something we tend to make it our own.