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

But I Was Healthy Before I Was Sick

Believe it or not the title of today’s post was actual words spoken by a real person.  I guess what they were trying to convey was that there weren’t any indications of illness prior to the diagnosis.  They made it sound as if everyone who gets a diagnosis shows signs and symptoms from birth and what we’re all waiting for is the manifestation of the illness.

The truth is that everyone was healthy before their diagnosis.  Even if you were diagnosed at 2 days old, the previous two days, at least in the minds of everyone around you, you were healthy.  I guess I find the line humorous because it implies that the person shouldn’t have been diagnosed with an illness because they were healthy.  That’s the insidious nature of disease, it sneaks up on most and catches you when you least expect it.  It’s able to do that because no one expects to be ill.

So what do you do with the notion of health?  Can you be healthy once again following the diagnosis?  Does health lie on a continuum?  Do your expectations fall on a continuum?  Those diagnosed with an illness can experience increased health because for many a diagnosis shifts their consciousness about their health and their bodies.  It shifts caring for the body, mind, and soul from passive to active.  That’s the greatest shift you can ever make about anything in your life; the ability to do it with intention.

When you make the shift from passive to active participation of consciousness you become engaged in your own life, not just related to health but on a variety of life experiences.  You develop the understanding and the capacity to generalize your active consciousness to other arenas increasing your level of health in all areas of your life.  You’ll find your relationships get healthier, your career gets healthier, and your spirit gets healthier.

Yes you were healthy before you were sick, but the cells in your body have a memory.  They are able to remember being well so work toward activating that memory and improving your health.


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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