We have just passed the sad anniversary of when I went out on Disability. I have been thinking about the 4 years since that happened and what has occurred in my life. And what has stood out to me, has been the stand out and stand up Women I have met in this time. I have met 4 women, through the course of my new journey that are Powerful, Grateful, Kind and Loving all in different ways, but all in ways that reach out to you.
3 of these women, I am proud to call my friend. The 4th is a recent addition to my world, but she is unlike anybody I have ever met, as she is a Nun, who is also a Licensed Massage Therapist. I went for a massage yesterday and also received a blessing as she prays at the beginning and end of the session. I am not religious and not even Catholic, but yesterday I felt the presence of God during the session. I so wish this woman was my grandmother, as she has spunk beyond her years and a twinkle in her eye.
All these women have their own life stories to tell, filled with their own trials and tribulations, yet all show up every single day with a welcoming smile on their face and are just grateful to be here another day. Another one of these woman is a Reiki Healer and being with her is like transcending time. When you are with her, an inexplicable peace just fills your body and you feel calm and relaxed. There is an energy emitted by this woman and it too envelopes you beyond which any words can describe.
The last 2 women, are either struggling with their own illness, or the illness of a close loved one, yet they are grateful and appreciative for everything good thing in their life and try not to dwell or drown with the bad part.
I am so eternally grateful that my illness has brought these 4 Amazing Women to me. They are role models and mentors in many ways and I hope they all know how much their friendship means to me. I think about how they struggle, yet always sound cheery when we speak and never complain about these troubles, just talk about them as part of their life.
When you are struggling with a chronic illness or dealing with a chronic illness the illness creates your “new normal”, in such that now it is part of your new life and going back to your old life is not even possible. Right now all I can do is accept my “new normal” and be thankful that I have these “new friends” to share them with.