Three very simple words in the English Dictionary. A mantra that so many people see and use on a daily, and consistent basis that can mean so many things. Have you ever thought about how powerful those three little words are?
You hear these words used every day and for many reasons. Anyone struggling with anything hears them: trouble with a subject in school, with a sport, a relationship, a new and unfamiliar task, virtually anything. As a medical professional, I used to say them to my patients every day for a number of reasons as well.
Ever since my Lyme Diagnosis, these words have taken on a whole new meaning, something bigger, with much more meaning than I have ever thought that they could be. Even more so than myself sometimes!
When I was first diagnosed, all I wanted to do was give up. The vicious, never ending cycle of medications, doctors, hospitals, tests and more tests! I couldn’t believe that one minute I was the typical, busy working mom and the next, I couldn’t lift my head off the pillow. This wasn’t me. This wasn’t my life!
One day, a few months into treatment, I ended up in the hospital a few days before my son’s 5th birthday---I was devastated. I wasn’t going to make it home for his birthday! My heart was broken, I was so sad, defeated. I just couldn’t let this little boy down again. I just couldn’t bear it! It was that very day, that these words, never give up, came to life for me, and through none other than the very little boy who means more to me than the air I breathe. He came to visit me in the hospital after school and we were laying there in my hospital bed. I was trying to find the courage to tell him that I didn’t think I was going to make it home in time for his birthday and we would have to celebrate as soon as I got home.
Here it came; he asked me for the 100th time in 24 hours if I was coming home for his birthday, and I said, “I don’t know, pal. We will just have to see.” I was fighting back the tears, when he smiled up at me and said, “You know what, Mommy, You can do whatever you want to do, just never give up.” My 4 year old hit the nail on the head! Never. Give. Up!! The next day, the day before his birthday, I was well enough to go home and celebrate with my amazingly smart boy!
The moral is, no matter what your fight is, no matter how hard it seems, or how you feel like you just want to give up, DON’T! NEVER, EVER! There is a reason for every fight, every battle won. Every small battle leads to great victory. There is always, ALWAYS someone watching you. Get up daily and repeat, “Never Give Up”, or, do what I do, and glance at your wrist…...you are a Warrior! You are Fearless! You will Never Give Up!