>”When you find yourself in Hell, just keep going” Winston Churchill
What better advice for anyone of treatment! I initially thought of childbirth when I first saw this quote. For anyone who has had a baby you know there comes a point where it’s pretty unbearable, but you realize the only way out is through. So you push through the pain to get that baby out! In that situation there’s no option to stay put in your misery (as with depression, addiction or other slower painful experiences) Treatment is similar in a sense. Of course there is always the option to give up, to say forget it I can’t take this anymore I’m quitting”, but ultimately most people decide that since they’ve already endured some misery they might as well keep going hoping for a positive end result. Just as we get through childbirth one contraction at a time, one push at a time, we get through treatment one day at a time, one week at a time, sometimes one hour at a time…but as long as we keep pushing on we find ourselves out the other end reborn and with a whole new stage of life ahead of us.
I’m saying this in hopes of providing some encouragement, some “labor coaching” for all of you who are in that dark place where you question your ability to continue. Breathe deep, find a focal point and remember at the end there is a new life.
© 2011 Jennifer Hazard