One thing I have found to be true about having a chronic illness is that “state of mind” is key. With all the various doctors and procedures one has to go through on a weekly basis, it can start to become a rather daunting existence. Maybe that presents those of us who deal with it somewhat of a challenge. We don’t necessarily get to “look” for the silver lining so to speak. Maybe we need to “search” for it. Some days that can be challenging to say the least…………….
Some days it is just easier to wallow and feel sorry for ourselves. To say “Life isn’t fair” and “Why me?” I’ve been there myself many times. There is a bit of comfort one can have in that mode. It is safe because it is only about us. We do not need to care about what anyone else thinks. We do not have to feel challenged. We do not need to grow. We can just stay locked up in ourselves and keep having our little pity party for one. The problem is, that before long that becomes a lonely and isolating state of mind. For some I guess that might work. For me however, it is not an option. I like people too much.
God did not design us to be alone. He wants us to be in “communion” with others. We need people to challenge us, to question us and provoke us to grow and become better human beings. Life is not fair. Why some of us get sick and others remain healthy is a great mystery. We do not always get to understand the why’s in this life. All we can do is the very best with the hand we’ve been dealt. It is said God does not give us more than we can handle. I firmly believe this to be true. He gave us the people we have in our lives to help us get through these tough times. He knew life would not always be easy so he gave us each other to help lighten that load. That is how much He loves us.
Sarcoidosis, just like any disease, is not fun. It can be painful, nauseating, mind-numbing, lonely, and scary. Many times we get no answers and are left to wonder where we go from here. What is going to happen next? In life there are no guarantees. We do not know what is going to happen next. That is true whether we deal with a chronic illness or not. We can let ourselves get caught up in these things or we can embrace the disease we are dealing with and hit it head on. We can choose to lock ourselves in to a world of isolation and loneliness or we can choose to remain positive and have HOPE. Because Hope matters. It is up to us. Let’s choose to rely on what God has given us. Let’s choose to live in a positive state of mind and live the lives God intended us to live!