The gift of illness

The Monday  challenge – transition through your illness


The gift of my illness
I have a lot of clients who have been through some terrible illnesses   both physically and emotionally. I also have a lot of friends and clients who   have what we call “Invisible Illness” which means no-one can see the illness   on them from the outside but it doesn’t mean they don’t suffer on the   inside.
Most of us look at illness as a horrible time in our lives, a time of   suffering and pain. I understand why we feel this way. I went through a major   illness that changed my life dramatically. If you asked me in the beginning of   my illness, I would of said I was miserable and scared but somewhere in the   middle of it I realized what a gift my illness was. Now that I made it through   the worst part, I can truly tell you it was a gift and the best thing that   ever happen to me. I unfortunately will be stuck with my illness forever, it   isn’t curable but its a daily reminder to be happy for what I have which is   why I wanted to share why I was blessed by my illness.
Challenge yourself today to see the gift of an illness or tragedy.
What my illness taught me:
1. My illness allowed me to be more open to hope, new possibilities, awe and wonderment. These are positive daily emotions that we need to live a   healthy, happy and longer life.
2. My illness opened me to a spiritual path that I couldn’t see before my illness. It taught me to slow down and do one thing at a time. I live in the   present not knowing what my future can bring but learning from my past.
3. My illness opened me to gratitude – the desire to appreciate life fully and to see what I have that’s right in front of me.
4. My illness taught me to love and be loved fully. My illness taught me I needed help and that I couldn’t make it through alone. I learned it was ok   to risk showing love and accepting love.
5. My illness gave me the courage to sit in silence by myself and face my fears. It gave me the power to show my true self to the outside world.
6. I learned that death was no longer my biggest fear- living was! I learned there is no perfect life and that we all live with making mistakes. Life is a process and there is no right or wrong. Stop judging yourself.
7. I have learned what its like to really let go and accept. I accepted I   had an illness BUT by letting go and accepting I had my illness put   me back in control.
8. I knew life would never be the same no matter what anyone said. I was   forever changed BUT I looked at my new life as a second birth, a fresh start.   
I also realized I wasn’t so scared of the change but instead I was   excited. I had formed a new perspective on “Change” Change was no longer such   a scary concept.
9. I found out that healing is way more then physical and I that I would   stay sick if I didn’t change my thoughts and lack of faith in myself.
10. I learned that I was way more then my physical shell that my   soul/spirit was a real part of me. This didn’t take away the importance of my   physical shell, it needed plenty of care but I realized so did my spirit. That   I was a balance of body-mind-soul.
11. My illness will be with me forever there is no cure and I’m ok with   it. I have totally accepted my illness as part of me BUT it doesn’t define me.   I’m so much more then my illness but it gave me permission to share with   others and help others heal. My illness gave me a foundation of hope and   inspiration to live. My illness was truly a miracle, a wake-up call to truly   live life. Don’t wait for an illness or tragedy to start living.
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About Finding your happiness

Diane Lang, practicing therapist, national speaker, educator, and certified positive psychology coach, has her master’s degree in counseling and is an adjunct in psychology at Montclair State University. She has written three books, and has been featured in various publications, and on TV and Internet shows. Diane speaks on various mental and emotional health topics including Happiness, Resiliency, Stress management, Parenting Positive Aging, Anxiety, and Depression in both teens and adults. Diane also specializes in Positive Psychology Positive Education and Positive Parenting. Thousands of individuals have benefited from Diane’s motivational and educational speaking, trainings, and coaching. Her Hands-on approach along with her background, education and experience has proven to be beneficial to all who attend her presentation. To learn more on how you could bring Diane to your organization please email
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1 Response to The gift of illness

  1. anne says:

    Thanks diane fr sharing brave greif into happinessmy friendship you is winning lottery
    God nless you he has me knowing you

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