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

Time Travel

What if we could get in a time machine and travel back to any point along our own timeline, from birth to yesterday…would you do it?  What is it that you would hope to accomplish by visiting an earlier time?  What would you like to impact moving forward, if you had the chance?

I’m sure following the diagnosis of a chronic or life-threatening illness, many begin to wonder, “what if I had done ‘xyz” differently, what would be different today”?  Knowing what I know now about myself, what would/could I have changed in the past?  What could I offer my past self that would make moving forward less painful, physically, emotionally, or spiritually?

Obviously we can’t go back in time, or change the past; but you do have the supreme power to change how you live your life moving forward.  Every day that you learn something new, you get to import that knowledge into the cells or your being and allow that wisdom to prepare you, instruct you, and protect you as you move forward with your health challenge.

It would be great if we could enter a time machine and alter our bodies in the past with the hopes of preventing disease, but science hasn’t taken that huge leap, not quiet yet.  What we can do is take our experience and use it as a filter for everything we plan moving forward related to our bodies and our minds.  We can have an impact on how we live our lives tomorrow based on the sensory lessons and real-life experiences we encounter daily.  The question is, “Are you open to learning”?

It’s easy following the diagnosis of a chronic or life-threatening illness to become stuck and feel that you have limited opportunity to influence whether or not you get better or get well.  I would say it depends on how you define getting better or getting well, and what components make up how you’re feeling whether it’s better or well.  Of course there are scientific medical tests that will give you numbers, but how are you feeling?  Your numbers may be great, but are you feeling better?  How will you get your body, mind, and spirit in alignment?

Having the capacity to change the past would only serve you so far without the knowledge you’ve achieved along the path of life.  Starting today can you take note of the daily lesson and come up with a plan that allows you to implement that lesson tomorrow to increase your quality of life?


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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