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 the 12 Steps for Being Chronically Ill – this is step 3.

Here is the 12-Steps for Being Chronically Ill – Step 3:

Step 3: We make a conscious decision to turn our lives and will for the future over to the care of our God or Higher Power as we understand it.

  • While similar to Step 2, Step 3 is taking the God or High Power that we have found to believe in and hand off some of the control to it – because we know that this illness or disease that we have can not be controlled by us.
  • Yes you/we can control some of our daily lives by simply doing what is needed to keep our disease or illness under control, we must learn to understand that there our powers within the universe and our own bodies that we do not understand and most likely cannot see – it is those powers which we must give some of power over in our daily living, so those unknowns can and will work on our daily battle.
  • As with Step 2, this Step 3 can and most likely will be very difficult for those who want to or think they can control their own lives and all that goes on within it – guess what we can’t!
  • We all know those words like luck, destiny, fate – these are words people use to explain the unexplainable when pondering over a life event.
  • The important thing with Step 3 is the willingness to take the decision made in Step 2 and put hope and faith behind that decision – because giving over control of that which you can not control involves a whole bunch of faith and hope in the universe and human body and all that we do not yet understand about them.
  • Step 3 is, like many of the steps, a yearly, monthly, weekly, daily, hourly and at some moments a minute-by-minute commitment to giving that control over to that God, Buddha, Muhammad or whatever you find as your Higher Power within the universe and body which we live within.
  • Once a person or caretaker of any chronic illness understands the giving over control, then they will find and understand the power that comes with it – and there is true power in having enough faith and hope to let something or someone else control your chronic illness so that when progress or good moments are found in a minute, day, week, month or year, you can truly enjoy the joy that comes with those moments.

That is it, that is Step 3 – We must make that conscious decision to turn our lives and will for the future over to the care of our God or Higher Power as we understand it, so that combined with that which we can possible control we will find some joys and victories within our daily walk down the path of life filled with a consistent battle with a chronic illness.

Remember STEP THREE – We MUST make a conscious decision to turn our lives and will for the future over to the care of our God or Higher Power as we understand it.

As I have said, this is part two of a walk through the 12-Steps for Being Chronically Ill. Next time we will focus on Step Four which is – We, in the process of our illness or disease will make a thorough search and fearless moral inventory of ourselves and the world that we allow to surround us.

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With that, we bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Will.

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