Light at the end of the tunnel is something we often strive towards during dark times like when we’re dealing with a challenging health issue. Even when it feels like it’s not there or we can’t see it just yet.
When someone is in the acute phase of an illness or injury, for example like Transverse Myelitis (rare neurological auto-immune disorder that can result in disability and the outcomes for recovery are unknown and uncertain), the question people I work with often ask is…
Is there light at the end of the tunnel?
I believe there is.
It may take time until the light appears or we find it. The light may look different from the light we expected. There is and will continue to be light and it will be different than before the condition/illness’s onset, accident or injury.
And it is up to us to create that light at the end of the tunnel.
How do you do that?
Take the action you need to take to manage your health issue, deal with the emotional impact, and reclaim your life.
Yes, it can be hard to know the action to take. Getting support from others who’ve been there will help.
And support from others is key on this journey. You don’t need to do this all by yourself.
Because part of this journey is about adjusting to the differences in your life. You know the saying ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. When you have support from others, you’re not carrying the issues all by yourself. You’re sharing it out. And that frees up more of your energy to focus on creating that light at the end of the tunnel.
© Copyright Barbara Babcock 2014