By Nancy Virden (c)2023
One minute life is normal-ish and the next, it is not even close. This happens with various circumstances including moves, childbirth, new jobs, deaths, graduation … and doctor’s reports.
Recently I received a new mental health diagnosis and am awaiting an explanation for sudden, painful, dry eyes and headaches among other physical symptoms that seem to indicate Sjogren’s Syndrome- a genetic disease that my father had. The latter diagnosis threatens to change my life. Even if it is not Sjogren’s, it is already damaging me.
Not a complainer by nature, under extra pressure it seems I have a need to talk things out. This is when I wish it weren’t so hard for me to reveal my true feelings. One might think I have no trouble in that area when taking into consideration this blog and my books and public speaking, however, my motive for sharing by those means is and always has been, the reader and listener. I want to let people know they are not alone, that it is okay to be a mess, and that there is always hope for peace. It is not personally therapeutic for me to talk publicly or write about my life- at all.
But this has been on my mind- the terribleness of labels, how even professionals can base their kindness levels on a diagnosis, how quickly life can change, and where are upturned hopes and dreams to go? I’m trying to launch a new coaching career and wonder if I’ll be able. Fears about income, fears about losing friends, fears about potential fears… it’s all there. I want to be honest about it, intending that my story will lift someone else up.
This is not going to be a gripe-fest, nevertheless, I will be open and include any solutions and sources of peace of mind that I find.
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Today’s Helpful Word
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil…. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.
If you are feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988, or for a list of international suicide hotlines, go here.
If you are suicidal with a plan, immediately call 911 in the U.S. or go to your nearest emergency room. In the EU call 112. (For other international emergency numbers, go here ). Hope and help are yours!
Always the Fight Ministries (ATFM) has been displaying compassion for those fighting mental illness, addiction, or abuse since 2012. Nancy is the founder and voice of ATFM and openly shares her emotional resurrection from despair. NOTE: Nancy is not a doctor or a mental health professional, and speaks only from personal experience and observations. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.
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