When I was 36, I got mono and I never recovered.

Three years later I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Sjogrens' Syndrome.

When I had to stop working a couple of years later, these illnesses shifted into a cluster of serious, then life-threatening autoimmune diseases. 

What began as something I thought I'd recover from has become progressive and chronic, living with illness and pain as my constant companions.

Struggling to maintain connections, hungry for meaning, and longing to make sense of this seemingly senseless path. . .

Pema Chodron says, "Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible in us be found."  These times of adversity can be an invitation, calling us to a greater purpose -- finding the indestructible. 

Life brought you here.  If you are ready to be initiated into the gifts of this hard time, if you are ready for change, if you are ready to affirm that you are a human being not a human doingjoin me on the path back to wholeness.

In the midst of illness, we can be well.

Strong Back, Soft Front

This video contains excerpts from a keynote address on building resilience through times of adversity.

 

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