I want to put out there for survivors of and those currently living with aneurysms the importance that faith plays in the process.
Yes, there is uncertainty. For some, we come close to losing everything. For others, we are blessed to have found out before things go wrong. It is easy to get bogged down in the fear. An aneurysm survivor once remarked to me that fear “plays dirty”. I’m here to tell you that it does; until we don’t let it affect us. Faith plays a large role in securing our strength in place and moving forward. This week has been challenging for me, and I am sure that it is much, much rougher for some of you. I ask that, as survivors, you open your hearts to a will stronger than your own. In the words of my wife, “hand it over”. To whom? To God, to a higher purpose, to something higher than ourselves. We are all here for a reason. This forum space, this sacred place, is here for us—and not all of us are here! For those whose lives have brought them these difficult diagnoses, I pray that you find the strength to beat fear in its ugly game. Be thankful, be mindful of the reality that we are all still here… together… fighting. I am new here, but I will try my hardest to be on here as much as I can so that I can be here for others.
We are unlikely to run into many people like us outside of the internet, so we are what we have. Beyond our families and support networks, here we are. I tell you to have faith is not just paying lip-service to the situation—it is the only way to get through it. Trust in him, trust in your doctors, listen to your body, relax, take time out each day to be mindful, eat right, move reasonably, breathe deep… we are all in this together.