Posted in after the diagnosis, coping with chronic illness, coping with life threatening illness, living with chronic illness, Living with Illness

The Climb May be More Important than Reaching the Summit

Everyone has their own Everest.  Prior to being diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening illness it may have been money, work, status, or family obligations.  The goals you set were based on the rules and expectations of your tribe.  You were a part of a collective that set parameters for being happy.

When you received the news of your diagnosis things changed.  Your priorities shifted, your world view had to be refocused, and your life trajectory took a direction.  When exploring your new life trajectory, health and healing are in the foreground of your vision.  Once the shock of the health challenge diminishes, you become capable of finding new opportunities as you climb your new Everest. 

The climb to the summit when facing a health challenge is no different from any other climb, but the stakes are higher.  It’s no longer about how you are seen by others, but how you see your inner self and how that projects out for the world to witness.  It’s true that the climb can be exhausting, frustrating, and confusing but it’s not a race; it’s a paradigm shift.  Having the capacity to make healthier decisions on the physical, emotional, and spiritual arenas of your life will provide you with great options and more generalizable tools for reinventing your life.

Your new Everest is able to be scaled.  Taking each leg of your journey with mindful steps will enable you to pace yourself as you head to the summit of health and healing.


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.

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