This blog is dedicated to my mother and loved ones, along with the incredible doctors and nurses who saved my life.
This time last year I was in the hospital struggling with double pneumonia and pleurisy. My heart was under immense pressure, I was unable to breathe on my own, it felt like my chest was being crushed, the pain was excruciating and I drifted in and out of consciousness. I can remember telling my mother I was ready to die, and letting go. I felt I was floating above snow-capped mountains surrounded by the most incredible light, I felt no pain, just peace. I then remember jolting back into the hospital bed and the excruciating pain returning. I made a decision that if I could survive this life experience, then I would be able to overcome any challenging life situation.
I will never again take for granted being able to breathe on my own, or have a shower and be able to use the bathroom independently. Whenever I’m struggling, or feel stressed and anxious, I take a deep breath in and access the inner peace and calm that I experienced in the hospital.
My experience in hospital highlighted the importance of tolerance and choosing how we communicate with others. We can choose to communicate with kindness, state our position politely and firmly then disengage, or, we can choose unhelpful and unhealthy ways to communicate, such as finger-pointing, shouting, blaming, attacking others and causing conflict. Both ways of communicating are within our control, we just need to be aware of our conscious processes.
Observing other patients and their families go through their own challenging life situation, strengthened my resolve to be a kinder person. We can all choose to react in less harmful ways to self and others and we all have the ability to engage our conscious processes and not allow our unconscious processes and past conditioning to control our communications and reactions.
If any of you out there are struggling to overcome any challenging life situation, please reach out and seek help.
Be Well Pip