When do you know you need to step back? To analyze a situation with scrupulous objectivity? To make a conscious decision to start taking control of your condition?
You’re crossing unfamiliar terrain. You’ve managed your condition for years. Now the stakes have changed. You want to step forward, embrace change! But it isn’t just fear holding you back – it’s real, serious concerns.
This is the dilemma of anyone who experiences an ongoing illness, mental health problems, or severe food allergies: When a significant event or shift happens in life, a whole new set of problems, challenges, preparations, and solutions must arise as well.
For example, a family vacation/reunion could present significant health and safety concerns. A move to a new community could raise questions about the new school, new doctors – even the new grocery store, if you deal with allergies.
Then there are transitions like high school graduation. (*class of 2020 raises hands*) For someone with severe allergies, college presents an atmosphere that is probably very different than what you were used to in high school, as far as managing a health condition.
Just like when you manage risk in smaller ways, you can learn to manage it on a larger scale.
But I want you to take something away from this post that I’ve spent the past several days learning/”re”-learning. At some point, usually at one of these crucial Life Intersections, you will have to make a decision about taking control. Step back. Understand all possible paths you can take. Make a decision.
I refuse to allow my allergy to own me. By the grace of God, I will own it. And that statement has become far more important as I’ve come to a crossroads in managing my own health.
Aanndd you probably noticed I’ve been a little vague on the specifics of where I’m at right now. I’m going to go into a little more detail in my next newsletter (coming out in just a day or so), so if you haven’t signed up for that, please do. But I haven’t gone into detail here – not because I don’t want to be real with you guys – because whatever happens next, there will be a lot more information to share later on.
ONE MORE TIME . . .
Don’t be afraid to step back. Don’t be afraid to take control. Don’t be afraid to make an unpopular decision.
You are managing a condition that may or may not improve after this crossroad. You may be in it for the long haul. But making the decision to take control of your situation, to the best of your ability, could help you in the everyday challenge of living with an invisible disability.
When have you had to change things to manage your health? Want to talk? Get in touch with me! I’d love to hear from you.