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

What Are You Creating?

Prior to your diagnosis your life had a routine; it had a pattern.  When you received your diagnosis it’s as if the pieces of your life were catapulted into the air only to reconfigure themselves when they landed.  For some it may have been an easier conversion to a new life than others; what’s the difference and how can you make the reconfiguration fit your life?

Those of you who found the shift troubling but manageable have certain things in common.  You are inquisitive, have a good support system, and trust your medical team.  These three components go far to propel you on your journey to health and healing.  Do you need all three?  Maybe not, but I do believe that it’s this triumvirate that creates an energy allowing you to strive to get better or well.  I think it’s possible that you can make the transition to a “new normal” without one of the components, but I’d ask you, “Which one don’t you think/or didn’t you think you need?”

Now that you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic or life-altering illness what are you going to create?  What wasn’t working in your life prior to the diagnosis that you’d like to edit out of your life?  Perhaps it’s a job, a relationship, or some other ingredient of your life that needs a substitution.  This is the time to begin thinking about creating the life you want instead of the life you feel you’ve been given.  This is about shifting from an external locus of control to an internal locus of control.  It’s easy to be jealous or angry when you look at the lives of others, but if this is a time of creation, this is your moment to add people and experiences that will help you on your journey to wellness.

What will it take to get you to begin creating this life?  What type of support will/do you need to make these changes?  I’d be honored to partner with you on this journey.  You can either leave a comment below or email at greg@survivingstrong.com

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