There is so much to say on this subject and I want to take more time in the future to talk about fear and it's effect on our mind and body.
For now, I am simply inspired to share what my dear friend Kinsey wrote to me today. She has listened to me in my most fearful moments, so scared of the pain and drowning in hopelessness of an incurable disorder, scared of what may happen. Over the years I've come to recognize the terrible downward spiral that these feelings can lead us to, as the bodies response is to freeze (think fight or flight) and not only physically but mentally feel worse, literally begin to shut down. If I can breathe through it and somehow learn to observe the pain, be one with it as opposed to fighting and being fearful of it, then slowly I gain control of the pain or discomfort or whatever it may be. Easier said than done, but absolutely lifesaving at times.
Here is what she wrote:
"Fear and faith are two sides of the same coin, in my opinion. The more you have of one, the less you have of the other...they are inversely proportionate. I think that ultimate faith requires us letting go of needing to understand 'why' or 'how'. Trust that God knows 'why' and that through our living and breathing will, we will become the 'how'."
No matter what your beliefs are, we can all practice having the faith, the trust, that we are strong enough to get through this and that in time, we will overcome it.