Hey everyone, Glenn here from Mind over Meniere’s!
I’m finally back with a new post after an incredibly difficult couple of months in quarantine because this week is the Vestibular Disorders Association’s (VeDA) annual Steps-2-Balance event.
Steps-2-Balance is a call to action for everyone living with a vestibular disorder to challenge themselves to take a step forward on their journey back to balance.
It’s an important fundraiser for VeDA, but also a chance for each and every one of us to challenge ourselves to achieve something truly great.
The idea is simple, you sign up, set a difficult personal goal for yourself, and then go and try to achieve that goal.
This year, I will once again be attempting a long bike ride, but I will be pushing myself to go further than ever before. In a few hours time, I will be attempting to ride for at least 51 miles. I’ve done 50 twice before and so this time, I’m going to try to beat it, even if it’s just one mile more. (For me, this involves 3.5+ hours of continuous and intense exercise.)
But your personal goal can be anything. It doesn’t have to be an athletic or physical feat. (Check out VEDA’s list of ideas).
All that matters is that it safely pushes you out of your comfort zone. This is about building confidence and showing yourself that you are capable of so much more than you realize.
And it’s especially important to me this year, because for the last 6 weeks, I’ve been really struggling with my health, and I wasn’t sure I would be up to the task.
Before I say anything else, I want to apologize for my complete lack of new content and information over the last couple of weeks.
When the Covid-19 pandemic first started, my goal was to help as many people as possible.
I made my books free for several days and ended up giving away nearly 3000 eBook copies of Mind Over Meniere’s and Rewiring Tinnitus. I expanded my working hours and took on several dozen new 1-on-1 coaching clients and began working on several big new projects.
But in the process of trying to help everyone around me, I stopped taking care of myself. Through all of March and part of April, I was either working, watching/running around with my son Zack, or doing some kind of household chores for 12-14 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The growing fatigue and brain fog were the first warning signs that I tried my best to ignore. It was getting harder to make it through the day, but I pressed on. The feeling of fullness in my ears came back next. When I started feeling dizzy, I knew I was in trouble.
My Meniere’s disease symptoms were creeping in faster and more intensely as I burned the candle at both ends. It wasn’t sustainable.
Something had to give.
Facing the Music:
In mid-April, I took a step back to give myself a chance to rest and recover, and it hasn’t been easy. I had to turn down exciting and interesting opportunities where I could have really helped a lot of people, and if I’m being entirely honest, I feel really guilty about it. People everywhere are really struggling right now.
My inbox has been flooded since the pandemic began with stories of suffering from people all over the world. It’s a scary time right now for all of us.
So over the past month, I’ve taken a much-needed step back to focus on my health. I’m still working with my one-on-one tinnitus and Meniere’s coaching clients, but I’ve scaled back almost everything else so I can spend more time taking care of myself and my family.
It’s taking a while to bounce back, and I’m still not back to where I was before, but I’m feeling a lot better after taking time to rest and recuperate.
It really helped to have a goal to fight for – I knew Steps-2-Balance was around the corner and I was going to attempt to ride my bike farther than I ever have before. I wanted to be ready.
Doing More than You Thought Possible:
There was a time when I never thought I would be able to ride a bike again. It was unfathomable. When I was first diagnosed, I thought my life was over. I had no hope at all. I was 24 years old and truly believed that I would be disabled and miserable for the rest of my life.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
I still live with unwanted limitations, but even with the kind of setbacks I recently went through, I live an amazing life today.
Despite Meniere’s disease, I got married and now have an incredible wife and a beautiful baby boy who is almost 2 years old. I wrote two books and found a new career and calling by helping those who are still suffering.
The old me died when I was diagnosed, but I wouldn’t trade my life now for anything, setbacks and all.
There is always so much hope!
And weather permitting, I’m going to go out today on my bicycle, and prove to myself what I’m truly capable of. I hope you’ll join me!