Like all of
you, my life has had its ups and downs. Some of the highlights have been
incredibly joyful, while some of the low points have been excruciating.
For many years, I believed I was on my own—physically and mentally—and all I needed was my grit to pull myself through the challenges I faced. Then one day, during a time when things were really looking up, something happened that shook me to the core. I was diagnosed with cancer.
Once I got over the shock and was able to process it, I underwent surgery to remove my thyroid gland and some lymph nodes. This was followed by radioactive iodine therapy to kill any rogue cancer cells. The side effects from the treatment, along with having no thyroid gland, became debilitating and led me into a deep and dark depression.
eventually prescribed an anti-depressant, which helped somewhat but put me onto
a path that could best be described as a train wreck, and in time, I felt
hopeless and hateful toward myself.
As I wrote
in this passage from my memoir, The Relentless Courage of a Scared Child,
“I couldn’t even bring myself to cry
out to God. If there even was a God, I decided, He had forsaken me. If there
was a God, He was either punishing me or had abandoned me. I hadn’t been
particularly good, but then I hadn’t been an awful person either. If there was
a God, why would He let all of those things happen in my life?”
enough, a couple of years later, a friend invited me to attend church with her.
Even though I initially resisted the idea, I found the experience to be one
that engendered the desperately needed hope I had been looking for.
found my faith. It has been a core component of my life ever since and has
helped me weather the storms I have had to face. If you’re like me, when times
get tough, you may find comfort in church, in reading the Bible, or in a prayer
group. Although I understand that faith is not on everyone’s go-to list in
challenging times, I believe it’s really important to have someone, or
something, to lean on when life feels overwhelming.
Here are 3 other
ways to get the support you need—when you need it the most:
when you can’t see the light, others can help you find it again. Remember, there
are people in your life who love you and care about you— you don’t have to go
through tough times alone.
For more inspiration, order my new memoir, The Relentless Courage of a Scared Child: How Persistence, Grit, and Faith Created a Reluctant Healer.
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