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

Bring It On

When you’re sitting in the doctor’s office and you receive the diagnosis of a chronic or life-threatening illness; it’s not unusual for the world to stop spinning, time to stand still, and all your assumptions about life to be shattered.  Getting over the shock comes with time, education, and support but it’s critical that the shock pass so that you can tackle the health challenge with every part of your being. 

We hear a lot of commercials on television, ads on billboards and magazines, and enough e-mails selling products to keep your head spinning for eternity.  What do all these ads have in common?  They have a key element, a tag line, or a motto they stand by in their presentation.  The big question here is “what’s your motto?”  There’s only one tag line you need to get through the health challenge, “Bring It On”.

What is it that you’re inviting to “Bring it on?”  Anything and everything that it will take to lead you toward health and healing.  It may be a treatment regimen with side effects, a complimentary treatment program where you’re drinking tinctures made with crickets, or extreme physical therapy to bring your body back to life.  It doesn’t matter what the challenge because you’re standing tag line is, “Bring It On!”

If you’re committed to health and healing then there isn’t anything to difficult or time-consuming that could get in your way of getting better, or stopping the progression of your illness.  Years ago I managed a HIV/AIDS medical/psychosocial program and one of my clients had CMV retinitis.  This disease robs the patient of their sight and the treatment protocol at the time was a daily IV infusion of meds.  The infusion took 3 hours and the client was still working.  He decided his sight was worth everything to him and he would set the alarm for 4am, 3 hours earlier than the day before he learned he had CMV retinitis and declared his intention to do what it took to save his sight.

It’s these types of efforts and sacrifices that sends critical information throughout the body.  It signals the cells that you’re up for the challenge with the coordinated efforts of mind, body, and spirit.  The synergy of these three powerful part of your being will propel you forward on your journey to wellness.


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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