It was 2008 and I was crying in a bathroom stall at work again. My boss was calling me on the walkie-talkie, angry that I wasn’t helping them fix a critical machine breakdown in the manufacturing plant. I didn’t have the heart to tell him I was stuck on the toilet with Diarrhea… again; he was tired of hearing it.
My job was in jeopardy because of my digestive problems.
The next morning I called Steve… it was one of my lowest moments. He picked me up off the floor and dusted me off. We were going to beat this thing. We were going to Google until we found a way.
I believed him… for some reason I knew he was right. Eventually, a stool test confirmed I had a parasite causing my cyclical diarrhea (another breakthrough in my health). Without Steve there to support me, I probably would have given up.
And what I know after helping thousands of people since:
The people that fail are the ones who give up…
There have been so many times I’ve wanted to give up and just BE SICK… but in some way, shape, or form, my community always saved me. I’m humbled more and more with this simple truth:
I wouldn’t be healthy, and for that matter I might not be alive today, if it wasn’t for the community that got me through it all.
Now we’re here together as part of this amazing Digestive Health community… going through this crazy healing journey with others who know what it’s like.
Today, no matter what you’re going through, no matter how much you want to give up, this post will support you in a way that you’ve never been supported… the same way Steve supported me through these same moments over the years.
This Community Won’t Let You Give Up!
Looking back at what it took to get healthy, there were hundreds of moments when I almost gave up.
These were the times I was so sick, so weak and so tired… that I was ready to quit, ready to give up, ready to be done with all this…
But in those moments, when I was teetering on the edge, something always got me through the day – and the next day, and the next day – until things got a little better.
Sometimes it was watching my son sleep, or my daughter’s deep blue eyes and her smile.
Other times, it took more.
Then, there was this one YouTube video I found… it was so powerful, I watched it 17 times in a row.
Something about it resonated not only with what I was going through, but with something I’ve been wanting to write for you… but didn’t quite know how to say it.
About What it Takes to Beat Chronic Illness
And with that in mind, I’m going to paraphrase some of the messages from the video and put them into the context I’ve been wanting to write for you. And if you’ve heard this before, it’s definitely going to help to hear it again. (After all, I watch this video every Monday morning.)
I hope you enjoy it!
[Here’s the beginning of my humble, paraphrased Eric Thomas moment. You can watch the original video I'm talking about at the bottom.]
I’ve been reading your Facebook posts. Your emails.
Some of you are like, “I can’t do this anymore guys. I can’t make it another day… I’m frustrated. I can’t take another setback.”
I’ve been reading that you’re tired. Some of you are scared. Some of you are hurt. I know, I’ve been there.
And I need you to do me a favor.
Don’t worry about the rest of this year.
Don’t worry about the rest of this month.
I’m not even interested in how you feel about tomorrow.
Do me one single favor…
Just Survive Today
I just need you to survive today.
I know you’re thinking “I can’t go through another day like this. I can’t handle it.”
Whatever your illness is… I want you to look at the sickness in your life and think, “I can beat this!”
“I’ve got kids to live for!”
“I’ve got a family to live for!”
“I’m not through yet!”
“My life isn’t over yet!”
I went from being sick as hell to where I am now, and the first thing I did was say, “I can get through this.”
I outlasted it. I outlasted every single tear I shed on the toilet.
Some things in life, you just have to tell yourself, “I’m going to get through this.”
I wasn’t the strongest guy, but I made up my mind – “I’m going to get through this.”
What was the one thing I did that most people aren’t willing to do? I just plain never gave up. I never quit.
Most people that fail give up.
It’s about making up your mind that you’re not going to give up and that you’re not going to quit.
Just because you’re not better yet doesn’t mean you’re a loser. Just because the last supplement you tried didn’t help doesn’t mean the next one won’t.
I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. It wasn’t easy for me. I had setbacks. I had hundreds of days I wanted to give up.
But what I want you to know is this: You can get through anything if you tell yourself, “I am a survivor.”
If You’re Reading This Right Now, I Know You’re Not a Quitter
You’re a survivor. I KNOW YOU’RE A SURVIVOR.
So please… just survive today.
And know this: if you were going to give up, you would’ve gave up a long time ago. You would have quit years ago. But you’ve come this far. You’ve worked SO HARD. You’ve already put in the blood, sweat, and tears to get to this point.
Get something out of it!
Don’t give up and don’t give in… and there’s absolutely nothing you can’t overcome. Even your impossible illness.
[This is the end of my humble, paraphrased Eric Thomas moment. You can watch the original video I'm talking about at the bottom.]
Whenever You Need Help, We’re Here
There’s nothing that would make me more grateful than to continue this message with you on the rest of your healing journey and give you all the information I can to speed up your recovery, to give you back your life, and to help you take control of your symptoms.
You can always connect with us over on Facebook and the rest of the 60,000 people there.
If you need more emotional support and help customizing your diet, our book can walk you through the whole journey step-by-step. Click here to get customized diet help from our book.
Thank you for being a part of this community… the same community that saved me years ago and fuels me each and every day. You’re amazing!
P.S. – Below is the original Eric Thomas video I graciously paraphrased in this post. I’ve been watching his videos for a few years… but this one broke me down into tears and shifted something in me. Please watch it, as it carries the original emotion only ET can inspire (and I only touched on with my humble paraphrasing):