A Path Of Emotional Growth

A Path Of EmotionalGrowth

by; Clarissa Shepherd

So many of us have lost our place in society, due to illness.

Its a fact, that we feel left out, are out of touch, and isolated.

We may even find – we can’t keep up with the lives of family nor friends. 

We miss many daily events, leading us down a path of fewer and fewer invitations – thus leading us to more emotional pain.

We loose touch with current affairs, whats going on in our own community, and the world around us.

When communicating with others: we may feel, untethered, as if we no longer connect, or fit in.

Many times we feel trapped in illness, trapped in our body, and trapped in a world, which we can’t participant in.

Living far from where others roam: going to movies, taking trips, going out with friends, etc.

While others seek and find new friends, go on to collage, new careers, move to a new home, another city

 all because they choose to do so, we may not have the ability to make such choices.

Many times, our type of illness, becomes the decision maker for – when, where, and what we do.

This certainly is a difficult path and not easily traveled.

We may feel a heightened sense of emotions, such as :  anxiety, being on edge, tearfulness, or restlessness

 while living with the lack of the quiet peacefulness that we once knew. 

Only those of us who live in this type of world can relate to the loneliness and isolation of it all.

This effects us mind and body.

Living this way is not weakness – quit the opposite.

Its sheer – true bravery, held together by an unending courage.

The people who’ve lived a life of chronic illness, or shared a similar path – are those we seem to connect with. 

Due to illness, we learn new ways to exist, creative ways to live.

In this different type of life, we grow emotionally, due to our many challenges.

If a person doesn’t have this type of experience, they typically stay the same, on their emotional path.

The truth is, although adversity is not a road we would have chosen, it is one of growing – emotionally and spiritually.

Your light shines, even in the darkness, so cling to that truth.

You’re a true warrior on this journey, that is chronic illness.

Know that in this, you’re not alone – for many extraordinary people, are walking this same bold path.


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4 thoughts on “A Path Of Emotional Growth”

  1. Thank you for this. It was perfect timing as I’m considering an opportunity that was a 20+ hr/wk joy and now I’m limited to maybe 2/hrs/wk. It’s sad & scary.
    You are so right that declining events even due to illness leads to less invites and more loneliness, anxiety, sadness and in my case more pain.
    Thanks for sharing that I’m not alone. It helped me take another step forward in this journey.

  2. What a beautiful and emotional post! Thank you so much for sharing this with your readers. As someone who deals with chronic lower back pain I am always looking for others who can empathize as well as advice/options/research/etc. I have looked through few of your blog posts and they are all so well-written and such a pleasure to read. There is a book that I think you and your readers have to check out called “Walking Well Again – Neutralize the Hidden Causes of Pain” (http://walkingwellagain.com/) by author and doctor Stuart Goldman. The book is written in an easy to understand way *for us non medical types* and helps you clearly identify and investigate your symptoms that usually can be resolved without going the medical route (even if they are severe!). For my back I have found that improved gait mechanics works wonders thanks to his wonderful book. He also has a money back guarantee if you find it doesn’t work for you. I really hope you will check it out. Would love to hear your opinion

    1. Thank you. I am glad that you have found some things to help you. I will have to add it to my summer reading list. Another amazing book that I call my Fibro Bible is The Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain Syndrome and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome written by Celeste Cooper. I am so glad that you like my blog. I am grateful that you took the time to comment.
      “Wishing you sun~filled days and rest~filled nights ~ Melissa

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