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In Limbo

How is it that a day consisting of 24 hours can seem like an eternity?  I had a conversation last night with someone who recently went through a needle biopsy.  It took eight days for the follow-up in the doctor’s office.  It was clear that even with a busy schedule, the looming cloud waiting for the results is overwhelming.

It would certainly be easier if the doctor could give us instant results from our tests.  The anguish we feel going through the diagnostic process is enormous.  Even those who are good at compartmentalizing their lives find it difficult to cast the uneasiness to the side and go on with life as if nothing is out of the ordinary.

The truth is that with a single sentence your whole life can change.  The fact that it takes so long for test results to come back means that we walk a tight rope on the emotional front.  We’ve learned to take an assumptive stance when waiting for news.  We can and often do pick up on what the negative results will be and how life will never be the same.  Even when the odds are overwhelmingly in our favor we’ve been conditioned as a culture to put ourselves as the underdog instead of the victor.

Obviously test results will come back for some with unwanted news.  The waiting process shouldn’t be a living hell.  Maybe it’s a time when we begin to think about what’s important in our lives.  Maybe it’s the catalyst to begin thinking about who we want to spend our time with or what path we want our career to take.  If we utilize this time as a time of reflection, it doesn’t make the waiting any easier, but it may be more productive no matter the results.


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

One thought on “In Limbo

  1. You’ve read about my experience receiving the epilepsy diagnosis and probably about the day I received the one about the pituitary adenoma, there have been many others that have turned out negative, lupus, aids etc. It’s was like sweating cold sweat, really, our body rections betray us.
    I want to thank you for posting this article, I like the title, it is appropiate. What you say about a single sentence that can change your life and the emotional load of waiting for it is quite true indeed.
    I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the nice and encouraging words you have posted in my blog.

    Receive many blessings.

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