If you’re anything like me, you’ve at one time or another been in need of inspiration and some serious healing. And when I say healing, I mean physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing. Okay, Marvin Gaye, we can even add in some sexual healing.
I created this blog to not only talk about healing, but also to offer inspiration, which can be applied to anyone going through any kind of challenge.
Why I am the one to write about inspiration and healing? Great question.
In 2004, I became severely ill with an undiagnosed illness. Since then, I almost died several times, but I survived, perhaps because I am like a cat with nine lives. Who knows?
When I first became ill, I felt lost, alone, and afraid. I wanted to feel that someone else understood, and I hoped someone could guide me through the uncharted labyrinth of pain and fatigue. That did not happen. Instead, I became my own resource and guided myself.
Let's take a quick quiz.
Answer the following five questions and see how many you answer with a convincing yes.
- Have you ever heard, “You don’t look sick,” then thought, thank you, but I feel like last week’s road kill?
- Has a doctor ever told you, “It’s all in your head,” but you thought, no, I am painfully sane because no one would make this up?
- Do you feel like you haven’t slept since Bill Clinton was president?
- Do you often feel trapped under something heavy and in need of a life alert necklace for people who have fallen and can’t get up, yet you are not a senior citizen?
- Do you ever feel so overwhelmed that you wonder if life is worth living?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then congratulations, you are not alone. If like me, you answered yes to all five questions, then I am now sending you a huge, cyber hug.
Thirteen years into living with a chronic illness, I’m still here. Obviously. However, it has not been easy, quite the contrary, and I wouldn’t wish it on anybody, not even the boy in my third grade class who pulled down my strapless dress during recess and proclaimed that I had no breasts! (Duh, no one in third grade has breasts!)
Through it all, the one thing I know for certain is this: it was all worth it. Yes, I am still here, navigating the throes of ill health, but I have healed in so many ways! And now I get the honor of sharing what I have learned and helping others like you!
It’s difficult dealing with health challenges, so we need to stick together. That's why I'm writing this blog and why I wrote my memoir, A Few Minor Adjustments. I believe after reading about everything that happened to me, you will feel better! Also, this blog will be a place where I share what I’ve learned, so you will feel supported and inspired. And I know you will be there for me, unless of course you are trapped underneath something heavy, then I hope you do have that life alert necklace.
Wishing you healing and happiness,