By Will Dursens for CrossDove Writers
Some time ago I came across a reading that took the 12-Step program philosophy made famous with Alcohol and Narcotics Anonymous and put it to use in referencing how to deal with living with a chronic illness.
Since this writer has already been dealing with the concept of clean and sober for over 27 years due to problems with handling prescription drugs and alcohol, I found the write interesting, with the realization that it could be of immense help to so many out there working their own path of life with a chronic illness.
So, what I have done is taken the 12-Steps for Being Chronically Ill and rephrased them just a bit, with the idea that I will make this a 13-post discussion of it.
Here is the 12-Steps for Being Chronically Ill – Step 1:
- We realize that we are somewhat powerless over our illness or disease, and because of that illness or disease – our life at times seems unmanageable.
- It is exactly as it says – we who fight a chronic illness will and do have those days when we feel absolutely helpless over our situation and sometimes life itself.
- What we have to do, and some do a better job that others, is to accept and realize the fact that we no longer have full control over our bodily system and the future of our life travels.
- Those who like being in control, this first step sometimes can be one of or the hardest step of the twelve as those people do not like to relinquish control over their daily lives, their path into the future and the way their body is shaped, developed or working.
- It’s like an athlete who has their first major injury after taking such great care of their body, sometimes those athletes have trouble dealing with others being in control to rehab the body they are so proud of, back into the shape it was.
- While we can have some control over our chronic illness or disease, we will never have total control again because we have to accept the fact that while we can do a large number of things to control or slow down the chronic illness or disease – we for a fact can never be sure it is totally gone or stopped.
That is, and will be Step 1 – we realize that we somewhat powerless over our illness or disease and due to it being unpredictable at times, it can and will make our daily path of life seem very unmanageable.
Like life of someone with any addiction or problem that is affecting a person’s daily routine, lifestyle or future path of living – a chronic illness or disease can get in the way big time and the important thing is to stop fighting it and work with it the best you can with the best people you can.
Like life of someone with any addiction or problem – a chronic illness or disease can seem overwhelming to anyone, especially those who like being in control, so like those with addictions, you must find people. People with similar unmanageable lives due to a chronic illness or disease, people who understand and will listen, listen again and then offer help and suggestions to accepting the realization that our chronic illness or disease can and will leave us powerless at times.
Remember STEP ONE – We will realize that we are somewhat powerless over our illness or disease, and because of that illness or disease – our life at times will seem unmanageable.
As I have said, this is just part one of a walk through the 12-Steps for Being Chronically Ill. Next time we will focus on Step Two which is ‘We must come to believe that a Power much greater than ourselves can and will restore us to some sense of sanity’.
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As always – if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out by a reliable physician or pulmonologist.
With that, we bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.
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