"Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain" - Vivian Greene.
"Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow'” - Mary Anne Radmacher.
These quotes seem to sum up my life in a big way. It's all about making the most of your situation, seeing the smallest bit of positivity in a world of hopelessness.
That's what sometimes living with a chronic illness like Gitelman syndrome can be. I often find myself having good days, bad days, and very bad days, but even in those times I think, "well OK, so I have achieved something, even if it's very small."
For me the positivity has been gained by a number of small processes:
Don't headbutt your situation. Outsmart it and try to be positive.
I live with Gitelman syndrome, a rare genetic kidney disorder. Although it's genetic and I have had it since birth, it wasn’t diagnosed until 15 years ago and, as many people, medical professionals included, still know little or nothing about it, I have made it my personal mission to raise awareness.
In order to achieve this I have created an internet resource website and forum, which gives medically-backed information in an easy to understand language, to support those affected by the condition.
Gitelman syndrome is a life-threatening genetic tubular kidney disorder. A key characteristic of the syndrome is that it is a salt wasting condition which presents with severely low potassium and magnesium levels. This is due to a mutation in the gene SLC12A3 in the distal convoluted tubule. It is estimated that Gitelman syndrome is extremely rare and occurs in 1 in 40,000 people and can affect both males and females equally.