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

Timing is Everything

You hear people talking about being in the right place at the right time when something wonderful happens.  I don’t think too many of you thought your were in the wrong place at the wrong time when you got your diagnosis because that’s not how timing works.  So what is it about timing when contemplating your health and healing?

I arrived at school this afternoon for my last class.  After this class it’s time to write my dissertation.  The coursework has taken three years (for me) and I’m hoping to expedite the dissertation writing process.  One of the students in my class began this journey about 9 years ago and when asked about the gap since her last class she responded, “The timing wasn’t right”.

Timing is a funny thing because it provide you with opportunities.  Oprah often comments on people’s discussion of luck.  She states, “Luck is where preparation meets opportunity”.  Let’s go with that discussion, not about luck, but about the times on your health and healing journey when preparation meets opportunity.

What opportunities are we discussing?  How about finding about new clinical trials or treatment regimens?  How about hearing about a complementary therapy that has provided stress reduction, jump starting the immune system and integrating body, mind, and spirit?

So what type of preparation does it take?  It requires you to be open-minded.  It requires you to prepare your emotional state to one of acceptance.  You don’t have to accept the illness, necessarily, but you do have to accept the challenge you’re facing and the commitment to wellness.

Part of your preparation may require that you prime the pump for emotional and physical endurance.  It requires that you be open-minded to the “caring truth” and take the feedback people offer you as gifts instead of feeling like everyone is telling you what to do.  Remember, you have the final say in everything and anything you do, exert your personal influence over your life.

You can’t outrun the illness, but you can take steps to prepare you for the journey ahead and hopefully open up lots of opportunities for 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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