There is nothing I can say that will mitigate the shock of diagnosis.
That shift in reality, imperceptible to the rest of the world, feels like a giant chasm waiting to swallow you whole.
There’s some relief in the knowing, sure. There’s a name to put on this ugliness, so you know what to call it when you shake your fists in the air.
But then there’s the fear of the unknown. Life is full of unexpected twists and turns, and this is another layer of that labyrinth now to navigate. Blind curves, speed bumps, boogeyman are all par for the course here.
The most important thing you can do is stay informed. Stay healthy. Stay close to your support system.
It’s OK to be angry. To be sad. To want to curl up and die.
But don’t dwell on those negative emotions for too long – they will only hinder any recovery. Acknowledge them, but don’t give them too much power.
Life is still there, happening all around. When the earth opened up that day, you didn’t fall in so deeply that you can’t find a way out.
That maze is treacherous, but since when have you shied from a challenge?
This isn’t the path you wanted, sure, but it is the path you find yourself on. Find those ready to take the journey with you and pack the essentials.
You’ll be surprised at how well you do, considering.
I’ll be with you every step of the way.