Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deuts...

Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deutsch: 1964: Martin Luther King Português: Martin Luther King (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I stumbled on this quote today and was instantly transported to last year, when I was just starting to feel like I was dying. Hyperemesis Gravidarum will do that to you. No matter how many doctors tell you that your baby is okay, because you can’t eat or drink successfully, your mind is convinced that both you and your unborn child aren’t going to make it. What a terrible way to go through pregnancy– a time you dreamed would be full of shopping trips, nursery decorating days, and a hazy glow that exuded from your face.

After you’ve dealt with the disappointment of your pregnancy, the shock of having to take drugs that chemotherapy patients take, and the cruel amount of times you have to throw up, you have to figure out how to survive. One way to do that? Stop. Read the quote again. Does it say anything about tackling this all at once? No, Dr. King very wisely advised us to take things one day at a time.

I often fall into a whirling spiral of worry because I think of a massive project, situation, or goal. When I break these things into small, manageable pieces, I’m suddenly able to deal. You can do the same thing with hyperemesis gravidarum. Start by believing that you can survive this. And you can. It’s not fun. It’s not easy. It’s downright miserable. But it is survivable. The next step is to figure out what you need to do to survive. Baby step it, momma. What will get you through the next hour, the next day, the next week? Survive one moment, and then the next. It’s harder than climbing Mount Everest, but you can do it, and you will do it. It just takes a little faith.

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