Hello everyone! It has been quite some time since I posted a blog. Well, I was recuperating from knee replacement surgery. I am definitely on the mend and ready to take on 2017 with great excitement. My time of rest and recuperation gave me many hours to think about future blog posts and one theme came to my mind again and again: Do relationships change after we become ill?
Do you remember the day your world changed? The day life shattering words were spoken to a brain that didn't want too comprehend. Words like: disability, adaptive devices, prognosis, therapy, medicine, falls, and oh so many other words. The last thing you expected is someone's feelings for you to change.
Change is a very scary thing! The people who care about us also get caught up in our physical nightmare. They have to watch us go through every step of our disease , and that can be daunting to say the least. Their lives can change not only emotionally, but many times physically. (ex: shopping, cleaning, Dr. visits, and a thousand other chores)
But here's the good part, yes, some of my relationships changed, but the majority have been enriched and have become even better. Maybe the change in my relationships is really more about me..........I have changed! My diagnosis profoundly changed my life. I realize what's the most important thing in life and that's being with those you love and those who truly love you.
Did your relationships with family and friends change?