Chaplain Bennett states "Resisting change leads to illness. Accepting change brings about
Whenever some kind of a change comes into our lives, we go through some level of grief.
Shock/Denial Anger Bargaining
Each of these levels will vary in intensity, length of time, and there is no particular order,
EXCEPT ACCEPTANCE IS THE LEVEL OF HIGHEST HEALTH.
When I was abused as a child, I went through four of the levels back and forth for many years,
UNTIL COUNSELING & ACCEPTING GOD'S LOVE
HELPED ME TO REACH ACCEPTANCE
FROM WHICH I HAVE NEVER WAVERED.
While going through a divorce I had many issues to deal with: financial, family dynamics, a move out of my home, a new relationship with friends, and a new identity as a single woman.
ANGER AND DEPRESSION WERE MY MAIN EMOTIONS.
COUNSELING AND KNOWING GOD'S LOVE
HELPED ME TO COME TO ACCEPTANCE.
Cancer can bring a person "to his or her knees." It brought me to my knees in prayer and meditation.
I FLUCTUATED BETWEEN ANGER, DEPRESSION, AND ACCEPTANCE.
DENIAL & BARGAINING WERE ONLY FOR A FEW "MINUTES."
FAMILY, FRIENDS & GOD BROUGHT ME TO ACCEPTANCE.
To accept "I have cancer" was one of the healthiest things I did.
The positivity of acceptance helps build the immune system, decrease any pain, increase blood flow, relax muscles, and spur the production of endorphins.
A person is able to be exercise more, eat better, enjoy life's precious moments, smile, laugh and have a perspective of hope with the knowledge that
"the beauty of the soul, the real me and the real you, outshines the effects of cancer...."
(Quote from Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir)
My deepest thanks to Georgia Hurst whose guest blog was well received. It was informative, personal, and came from her heart. Thank you, Georgia, for all you do to bring important information about Lynch syndrome to the public.
- Karen Ingalls
- My journey as a writer began as a child, but my first published book came as a result of my ovarian cancer diagnosis. The title is Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir which received three awards. All proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club. Follow me on Twitter @KIngallsAuthor www.facebook.com/KarenIngalls, and you can find my books at www.amazon.com. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.