The most devastating blow since my myasthenia gravis diagnosis a year ago has been losing my career path, which was my passion. My latest column discusses my journey over the past year, coping with the loss of my beloved career path a month before the last semester of my undergraduate degree.
Early in my diagnosis, I felt my identity was disintegrating each time I attended a doctor’s appointment. Or when I clicked on another depressing article about the outlook for MG patients. I knew a career that relied on my body to handle extreme heat and long physical days was no longer the best option for me.
Endless opportunities to reinvent ourselves will come our way. MG often forces us to stop, ponder, and simplify our days to align with what we deem most valuable. Individuals with chronic illness must focus on their purpose instead of on activities we may have once considered our only passions.
We are not responsible for the pain and hardships life forces upon us. However, we are accountable for moving forward and gaining wisdom from these experiences. Our futures can still be enthralling and perhaps even more wonderful than we ever envisioned.
How do you prevent yourself from longing for once was in your life before your MG diagnosis to return?
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