- Published on Thursday, 15 May 2014 07:20 15 May 2014
- Written by julie julie
For years I suffered from "girl problems" of a medical nature. It was draining and painful.
Two failed minor surgeries and lots of inconvenient suffering later, I underwent a hysterectomy.
A high-school friend of mine posted her medical challenge on social media today. Torn knee ligaments and twice-surgeried root canal - she's heading back into surgeries for both ailments.
It's easy to slip into moments of depression when you're in pain and you know surgery and a long recovery is imminent.
There were times during the process that I started slipping into feeling sorry for myself. One day, a really great perspective dawned on me. All of this was uncomfortable and was interfering with my life, but I kept telling myself this: "It's just an inconvenience; it's not going to kill me."
Too many times we slip into a pity party while others fight for their lives from the cancer beast. My issue was something that could eventually be fixed, as can my friend's. I've lost friends to cancer. I have a friend struggling with a steady physical decline due to MS.
Those challenged to overcome debilitating injury or illness; those challenged to survive life-threatening illness are often shining examples of positive perspective over adversity. Who am I to feel sorry for myself over an inconvenience and a recovery process that takes time and personal effort?
Perspective is everything!