Here is a preview of the introduction of my new book. It’s about a 4-step process for shifting from Why Me? to What’s Next? without the need for panic. I invite you to comment and let me know if this is a book you would want to read.
In the blink of an eye you entered my life in 2006 like a freight train derailing off course at top speed and changed everything. Although I had faced numerous adversities prior, it is you who put me on the road less traveled; one that I would have ignored otherwise. As much as I tried to stay the course of my normal existence, you pushed me in the direction of another – the one truly meant for me even though I didn’t recognize it at the time.
As I navigated this new life path, you tried with all your might to knock me down, but I refused to fall. Through your challenging lessons you have shown me that I am not weak but strong; not hopeless but determined; and not diseased but healthy for me. You have become an integral part of me and although I occasionally stumble, I always pick myself up, dust myself off and start anew. You may always be the proverbial ‘elephant in the room’ but I have learned to look past your oversized body and rather see everything else for the blessings they are.
When first diagnosed, many people asked me, “Why you?” My reply was always simple, “Because I can handle it.” I find your entering my life to be the greatest gift I ever received. You woke me from a sound sleep I refer to as “auto pilot” and taught me to live the life I want, not the one other’s think I should. You’ve taught me a greater empathy for others who live their lives in constant suffering and given me the tools to pass on what knowledge I have to help them be their own best advocate in order to live well. You also taught me what I have known all along even though I didn’t consciously realize it; when chaos arrives at my front door, I do not panic. I show up and respond.
Learning to overcome adversity is truly one of life’s gifts. When faced with a challenge there is always an opportunity that lies within. You offered me an opportunity and through it, I discovered my purpose of being and am able to live my best, healthiest life. Thanks to you, MS, I have come into my own.
Through my story, I hope to teach others how to navigate their life’s journey to their best ability. I will do this by sharing how I traverse each step, each stumble, and every giant leap. So I say to you, MS, let’s walk together down the path of life, taking that road less traveled, and help others successfully do the same.