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

When Will It End?

As I wrote the title for this article it made me think about how many ways it can be interpreted.  I guess the truth is that it all depends on what’s going on in your life at any particular time.  I believe it’s a question we all ask ourselves at one point in our lives; maybe a bit more when we’re facing a chronic or life-threatening illness.

The responses that immediately come to mind for those facing a health challenge are; the treatments, the pain, the fatigue, the isolation, and a host of other options.  I guess if we flip the question around there’s always another perspective for us to explore and that question is, “Why would we ever want it to end?”

I guess you’re wondering what the “it” could be when facing a health challenge.  I know not everyone feels this way but many feel that their health challenge was/is a gift.  Whether or not you believe that to be true, the never-ending aspects of a health challenge may be closer ties to family and friends, a better knowledge and acceptance of your own body, a heightened or re-engaged spiritual life.

It doesn’t matter which road or question you choose because your journey is unique.  There isn’t anyone who will experience this journey the same way so the answer to the question is at your own discretion.  I would ask that you ask yourself one of the two questions I posed and see where it leads you.  Give yourself the freedom to see if there is a point in time when the question flips from one to the other and possibly back to the original.

It’s all about your story and don’t let anyone ever rob you of your story.  Your story is the foundation of your healing process and it can give you clues that will aid in your journey 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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