DO YOU REFUSE TO BE DEFINED BY YOUR ILLNESS?
DO YOU FEEL "LESS THAN" BECAUSE OF IT?
DOES HIDING THAT PART OF YOU TARNISH YOUR AUTHENTICITY?
WHAT IF INSTEAD YOU FOUND POWER IN YOUR UNIQUENESS?
WHAT IF IT WERE THE FUEL THAT COULD PROPEL YOU TO A MORE JOYFUL AND FULFILLING LIFE?
The world needs you not in spite of, but BECAUSE of your chronic difference.
You’re strong and unique! You and the world should know that!
The Elephant In My Room
A few months ago, 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 a 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?)
At the time, I shared a couple raw videos in B-School’s private facebook group. The overwhelming response of resonance, gratitude and cheering-on CHANGED MY LIFE. Incredibly, I’ve decided to share these videos here too (below)! (What the heck is happening to me!)
So here it is: I’m coming out! And not only will my experience of living with a chronic disease be part of my message, I’m making that message my business! I’m diving in! There is no looking back. 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.
Here I am, ready to open up. Strong yet vulnerable, sometimes exhausted but unstoppable, at once inspired and scared.
My life was lived to be shared.
Kept to myself it is but useful to one; shared, it is of use to others.
MORE IS COMING SOON, but I had to let you know that
I’m on my way to you!
Come on this journey with me, we’ll figure things out.
"Sometimes, all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage, just 20 seconds of just embarrassing bravery, and I promise you, something great will come of it."
— We Bought a Zoo, the movie
This is how it all started…PART II