The Elephant In My Room
In the spring of 2018, I had a breakthrough I did not want to have but knew I would have to have. It all began with the unplanned, un-researched, intuitive decision of enrolling in Marie Forleo's B-School (best decision ever).
As I was putting together the pieces of my new online business, I (reluctantly) realized that my experience of living with an INVISIBLE CHRONIC ILLNESS (40 glorious and difficult years with ulcerative colitis and its after effects) would have to be part of my message. Whaaaat? Yikes! Ouch! Holy moly! @*#&! (What about my lifetime of perfecting skirting the issue?)
In the moment, I shared two raw videos about this epiphany in B-School’s private facebook group and the overwhelming response of resonance, gratitude and cheering-on changed the course of my life. To be more precise, it put my life RIGHT ON TRACK. To my surprise, I’ve decided to share these videos with you (What the heck is happening to me!). Scroll down to view The Elephant in my Room Part I and II.
Somewhere deep inside me I’ve always known that my life experience was meant to be shared. What I had not realized, however, was that the whole point of whatever perspective and wisdom I’ve gained is that it was acquired while experiencing life through the lens of a chronic illness. And THAT’S what can be of most use to others.
Today, the reality of the breakthrough as gone further than the breakthrough itself: my experience with chronic illness is not just ‘part’ of my business’s message, I’ve made it the HEART OF MY BUSINESS.
Having a chronic illness has made me WHO I AM, just has it has made you WHO YOU ARE and we must, each of us, really really get this. It’s the only way to live a truly authentic, fulfilling life.