Spring has arrived. As the North horizon beckoned us, like the ancient tradition that calls to the Canada Goose, we left our southern home and headed to our northern home. We have arrived safe and sound.
New beginnings celebrate the advent of spring. The youthful spring is giving birth, and so a rich array of life is emerging. Now is the time for a fresh start, a reboot. Once again reminding me of my desire to thrive and not merely survive.
Enduring a significant emotional event (SEE) of any kind, has a way of challenging our frame of reference. We then can embrace a new perspective. A SEE, can be the death of someone close to you, or winning a lottery. It can be any event that causes a significant emotional response.
We all experience at least 1 SEE, and most of us will have several in the course of a lifetime. One of my intense SEE’s was the illness and time of suffering leading up to and including the creation of Percy Stoma.
No one wants an ostomy. Frankly, it was surgery or death. My ostomy flows 24-7-365. No timeouts, no respite. No one wants to experience the ostomy journey. So, how do we rise above a life misadventure. Well, we can start by asking ourselves:
- What really matters to me?
- For the duration of my life, what will my attitude be?
These are universal questions that can apply to anyone, and to any SEE.
In my case, I have decided that I want to rise above my circumstances, which has led me to live an unfolding journey of self-discovery. In doing so, I have reclaimed my life. I have bonded with my stoma, and so, I celebrate being alive. This in turn has empowered me with the attitude of gratitude.
I know that although I have endured such a SEE, (one of several I have experienced), I am normal, beautiful, and lovable. I work, travel, love… I don’t waste my time dwelling on the past. I live the stoma journey 24-7-365, that is now and for the rest of my life.
I have chosen to free myself from failures and disappointments. I consistently take a look at the future, and I imagine all of the wonderful possibilities it holds. This is not excessive optimism, as my quality of life depends on it. New beginnings, new life emerging, a life enhancing reboot.
Percy Stoma and I look forward to a spring and summer filled with joy, and all of the magic as the seasons unfold. We are taking June, July, and August to recharge our energy, and so, we will resume The Ostomy Factor blog September 2019. We wish you, all the happiness and adventure your spring and summer of 2019 will bring.
Jo-Ann L. Tremblay
“Everyone you meet has a story to tell.”
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