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

What’s Your Trajectory?

There are lots of things that can send us spinning into orbit, but the diagnosis of a chronic or life-threatening illness takes this concept one step further.  An illness diagnosis makes you feel like you’ve been shot out of a canon.  You are propelled into orbit without any idea as to where you are going to land.  You are flying at a high rate of speed with no protection and you’re probably praying that you land safely.  The idea of being shot out of a canon is funny if you’re at the circus, but when it’s your own life, not so funny.

So what would happen if you transformed yourself from just something shot out of a canon, flying aimlessly and reframed the experience?  What if you transformed yourself into a missile and your target is health and healing, would that change our experience?  Would it make transform being shot out of a canon from a terrifying experience to an experience with purpose and focus?

The other reason to reframe the experience is that it transforms your experience from being a victim to having a sense of control and purpose over your own life.  When you transform being shot out of a canon as scary and something happening to you, to something that provides direction and a mission you can alleviate much of the anxiety and fear that often accompany a newly diagnosed illness challenge.


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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