Coping with Life-Altering Illness
go home when home's no longer there...
It's like our past life is a building condemned after a disaster - an earthquake, hurricane, tornado, fire, or flood. Instead of tearing the old house down and rebuilding, or taking what can be salvaged and picking up the FEMA check before moving on and starting over again. Instead of making a constructing a new life, we pitch a little tent and camp out in the yard, dreaming about how nice the place used to look, all the great times we had in there. We even drag passersby in to see the shambles and try to describe to them what it used to look like and how happy we were in there in the days before the disaster.
If you are still camped out in your old yard, it's time to move on. By all means, take what mementos you can find, but it is time to start building new dreams, new memories, new life.
Research has shown that seniors do better when they extend themselves to care about others, doing volunteer work to help people who are in similar or worse straits than they are. So do those who are living with chronic illness.
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