I decided to write this post because recently I have heard more and more people saying I should have listened to myself and not waited so long to do what I knew was right. OR, I did listen to my gut and that’s what saved my life.
I have always been a person with a strong intuition and have always believed in trusting my gut feeling. In a world with so much uncertainty what more do we have?! We have all heard our “inner voice” before. Maybe it’s telling us to not climb up a ladder or step onto a bridge even if it seems safe or maybe it’s telling us that a diagnosis just doesn’t seem right. When faced with a decision sometimes we choose to listen to that voice and other times we ignore it and regret it after.
In the modern world there is so much technology, information, and science to turn to when we are looking for answers. This has caused us to listen more to what we read or hear from others which can be great because all the information we could ever need is right at our figertips. BUT, it has also caused us to listen to ourselves less.
I got to thinking about this when my mom suggested a book her friend reviewed. It is called A Sensation in the Night: Waking up to Breast Cancer What You Still Don’t Know. The author, Susan Armenti, has a feeling one night that she has breast cancer and in the morning she wakes up and finds out she was right. She used her intuition and body awareness to navigate the incredibly difficult world of cancer. Having had multiple misdiagnoses, she truly understands the importance of listening to yourself and being your own advocate.
I had my own experience with listening to myself when it comes to doctors and health this past spring. Medical research is so advanced now, it is easy for us to want to seek answers from the doctors we trust, but a lot of medicine is just doing what we feel will work best. I was in the hospital for 6 days after a burst appendix and some complications after the appendectomy. I found that the spectrum in the quality of the nurses ranged from very unhelpful to extraordinary. I soon realized that the descrepancy came from who listened to me as the patient and who did everything by the books.
What we tend to forget it medical situations and in life, is that no one is knows your body or mind the way you do, so YOU are the one you should listen to. Pay attention to sensations you feel, dreams you have and feelings you get and be your own advocate!