Posted in after the diagnosis, coping with chronic illness, Emotional Health, living with chronic illness, Living with Illness

Everything Changes

The change of season has happened on the calendar and depending on where you live in the world, the temperature may be changing as well.  It’s during this time of year that everything is in flux.  One day it can be hot and the next cold, one day it can be clear and the next snow on the ground.  No matter how hard we want the status quo it’s not in our control and I know for me that’s difficult.  We had hot weather and then one day it dropped thirty degrees.  I decided in that moment I was moving to a warmer climate.  I like things to be predictable, but I didn’t create the world and I can’t control everything around me.

This is one of those surrender moments.  When diagnosed with a health challenge things shift, and not always on schedule.  No matter how much we would like to control every outcome; we have to simply remain flexible enough that we can make the necessary adjustments on the journey to wellness.  If we don’t allow for the changes and we remain rigid in body, mind and spirit, we’re in for rough times and that works against the bodies natural healing abilities.

How can you ease the shifts that take place in your life? As you recognize that change is imminent, how will you prepare for each shift that presents itself to you?  Remember that shifts are not always for the worse; they can be related to healing and that in and of itself can be a shock.  We don’t like the word change and yet once diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening illness, change becomes the norm not the anomaly. 

Because change can happen at any time it’s good to continue adding tools to your health and healing toolbox.  Finding ways to be more open, more loving, less critical or judgmental will take you far on your journey.  Establishing rituals for improving the mind-body connection will bring peace in times of struggle.  Creating celebration rituals when things change for the better is equally important because you must celebrate each and every success.

Mother nature takes charge of the change in the seasons and you can be the master and commander of your reactions to change in your own life!


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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