She Believed She Could, So She Did

By July 3, 2024 No Comments
Lipedema - you are a part of my life but you are not the whole story

She Believed She Could, So She Did:

Lipedema, Resilience, and Achieving Dreams

Hi everyone, it’s Gail Straker again, back with another dose of inspiration and a little life lesson, lipedema-style. This one’s close to my heart because it’s about my daughter and the incredible things we can achieve when we believe in ourselves. So, get comfy, grab a cup of tea, and let’s chat about resilience, dreams, and that little spark of “she believed she could” that lives inside all of us.

Lipedema Doesn’t Define Us

Living with lipedema can feel like a constant battle. There are the physical challenges, the emotional ups and downs, and sometimes, it can feel like this condition is trying to take over your life. But here’s the thing: it doesn’t have to.

“As women with lipedema, we become tenacious and determined to not let lipedema define us.” We learn, we adapt, we find our strength, and we keep moving forward. It’s about squaring your shoulders and saying, “Lipedema, you’re a part of my life, but you’re not the whole story.”

The Power of Dreams

My daughter had a dream – a big one. She wanted to sing opera on the big stage. But life threw her some curveballs. Her ex-husband didn’t support her dreams, and lipedema was another hurdle. But guess what? She didn’t give up. She believed in herself, and she went for it.

“She has dreams of using her talent on the big stage. But until then, she wishes to use her voice to inspire others, tell her story, and help others to follow their dreams.” That’s the spirit! It’s not just about reaching the final goal, it’s about using your journey to inspire and uplift others along the way.

Education as Empowerment

Another important part of my daughter’s journey was education. She not only followed her passion for music, but she also pursued a degree. This empowered her in so many ways. It gave her knowledge, confidence, and a sense of accomplishment.

Our stories, as mother and daughter, both graduating from college despite the challenges, show that education is a powerful tool. It’s never too late to learn, grow, and achieve your goals.

You’ve Got This!

Remember, you are not alone in this. Many women with lipedema have faced similar challenges and have gone on to achieve amazing things. Lipedema doesn’t have to hold you back. It’s about finding your strength, believing in yourself, and going after those dreams.

So, what’s your dream? What’s that thing that makes your heart sing? Don’t let lipedema, or anything else, stand in your way. Take that first step, and who knows where it might lead you. Remember, you’ve got this! 

Anything is possible with lipedema!

~ Gail Straker, BAEd
Community Manager, Director of Coaching
Lipedema Simplified

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