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

What Keeps You Imprisoned?

An illness diagnosis makes us vulnerable to our environment, in our relationships, and to a profession that is there to help us navigate these difficult times.  When it comes right down to it, our harshest critic is usually ourselves, and finding a way to give yourself some room to breathe is important for health and healing.

On the journey to wellness there are those experiences that keep us in a holding pattern in our lives.  The question is do you know what holds you locked in that circling pattern?  Our own thoughts are usually the key factor in what keeps us imprisoned or frees us to explore new opportunities.

When facing a health challenge the idea of being locked into a mindset is frustrating.  It creates doubt in ourselves as well as those who trying to provide care and support.  Too many times people feel like they’ve been given a sentence and unfortunately they don’t ee any parole in sight. 

Hope is  the key to unlocking those menacing thoughts that keep you doubting your ability to heal (notice I said heal and not cure…they’re not the same).  We can create opportunities that will allow us to gain control over our own lives, decrease our feelings of isolation, and at every turn work to improve our quality of life.

I didn’t say it was going to be easy, but nothing worth having or achieving every is, so what will you do free yourself from this often self-imposed bondage?  What new things will you try that will set your body, mind, and spirit free to explore opportunities that will improve your attitude, increase your physical, mental, and spiritual endurance and if nothing else, make you laugh.

The diagnosis is the start of a journey and as with everything else in your life you have a choice.  You can sit in prison wasting away figuratively and maybe literally or in the words of one of my favorite singing groups, Sugarland, you can stand up and say, “There’s got to be more than this!”.  What will it be?  Let me know your choice and let’s see how together we can keep you motivated to continue 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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