?It’s impossible to “see” a full picture of health when looking at someone. Health is not a weight, an image, eating your fruits and vegetables and going to the gym. Health is multifaceted with endless layers and components unique to each individual. Our outward appearance can be affected by the actions we take and by the words we choose to speak to ourselves. However, what you “see” is only a fraction of the big picture.
In the left photo I’m struggling with the worst of my anorexia. The delusional part of it all is that I believed I was healthy, both mentally and physically. I couldn’t “see” that I was unwell.
In the right photo I’m in the middle of a test my GI doctor ordered. I suddenly got very sick last summer with an infection/virus, and I haven’t felt 100% since then. Lately I’ve begun feeling worse, but thankfully I have a wonderful doctor who is finally figuring out why. Unfortunately, it’s not great news so far. It’s going to be a rough few months until I find the best treatment, but I will rebound fully with time. Physically I’m sick. I’m in pain. I cannot do all the daily activities I used to right now. Mentally I’ve never been healthier or stronger. I’m able to accept this curve ball in my life and find the lessons, growth and beauty hidden within it. Even though I have to modify my life at the moment -it does not mean I’ll put my life on hold. If anything I’m learning to live each day in even deeper and more meaningful ways. I don’t “look” sick, but I am. Be careful before you judge. More importantly, watch out for the judgements you place upon yourself.
This is just one chapter in my life. Even though it’s a difficult one; it’s necessary and contains new insight. If you skipped some chapters in a book it wouldn’t make much sense would it? Allow your story to unfold and connect as it should with faith that better chapters are ahead. ~Britt?
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2 thoughts on “A Picture of Health

  1. Brittany, you are such a strong person. I’m sorry you are in pain right now, but it will not last forever. If anyone knows how to move forward with grace, it’s you! ? Sometimes I think about the timeline of events in my life, and it seems so surreal how everything unfolds. Like each “obstacle” occurs exactly when and where it does because we have the life experience to handle it to the best of our ability at that time. I don’t know if that makes sense… but you are amazing and such an inspiration to me. I know you can overcome any challenge life gives you! ❤️

    1. Audrie! I cannot tell you how much I needed to hear your words right now -THANK YOU for taking the time to write this! I couldn’t agree with you more and I that’s why what you said means so much. I really do believe everything happens for a reason and looking back on my own life I know I can trust this challenge turning into newfound growth and insight too. Thank you more than I can express for your kind words! I’m sending you all my love <3

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