Stage Two: Diagnosis
Note: Many people who suffer a traumatic injury, such as from motorcycle or car accidents or war veterans, may find themselves navigating through Stages 2 – 6.
My life is drastically changing.
When you find a diagnosis that matches what your symptoms are saying, it’s a wake-up call. The diagnosis may be sudden and unexpected, or it may be an answer to a long-standing problem. Either way, your life is dramatically shifting. There can be tremendous shock and feelings of vulnerability because it seems like everything around you is falling apart. Your life has been seriously disrupted and now the goal is to treat the shock and get help with handling all the normal reactions that come up, so you can regather and move forward. Suffering and not finding a diagnosis can be just as upsetting. More on My life is drastically changing.
I am not my diagnosis and the choices I make in the moment are the only things I can control.
When diagnosed with a chronic or critical illness, the only thing you can control are your own choices. It is important to empower yourself with as much information as possible so that you can decide the best way to proceed. It is also important to find and develop relationships with doctors who are willing to listen to all your concerns and allow you to have a say in your care. More on I am not my diagnosis and the choices I make…
I learn to research, get in the door and move through the networks of my country’s medical systems.
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I learn to incorporate alternative medicine and pain management techniques.
The condition I am challenged by offers me an opportunity to evaluate the journey of my soul.
When faced with a chronic or critical illness, it is normal for the mind to evaluate your entire life. Automatically, the subconscious combs through all of your memories looking for the answers to these questions: What Happened? How did I end up here like this? What did I do wrong? At this part of your journey, you have the opportunity to tap into so many powerful yogic tools to help you handle this whole process. You may discover new things about yourself, your past, your habits, your relationships and your beliefs. More on Evaluating the journey of my soul.
Copyright Guruatma K. Khalsa 2012