I am a huge advocate of education. Attending conferences and learning as much as you can about a specific disease helps you understand and manage the challenges of caring for a loved one. It can also prepare you for what may be ahead. Knowledge is power. It can also be very scary.
Last summer when my husband was going through a major health crises, I went into a bit of an emotional tailspin with “what if” thinking. Thankfully, none of my worst fears came to fruition. Alex got better.
It took some effort, but as we went through this ordeal, I learned to accept that I was absolutely powerless over what was going on in his body. I realized the only thing I could control was my own thinking; so I decided to trust that I would know what to do, who to call, and how to react if and when the worst thing that could happen actually did happen.
If you are feeling fearful today, I hope you’ll take a few deep breaths, and then decide to release any fears you have about what might happen in the future. Trust that you will find the strength you need to face each individual challenge as it arises, and that no matter what happens, you will have the wisdom, courage and ability to do whatever needs to be done.