Coping with Crisis – Why Me?
Do you find yourself coping with crisis, not sure how you’re going to make it through today? I was no different. I kept asking, “Why me? Why was I picked for this crisis?” My daughter was seriously ill. Could I handle this? Could I be her stability through this difficult journey or would I fold under the intense pressure?
Let's face it; we live in a world where no one is exempt from hardship. But when it happens to you or me, it feels surreal. We feel vulnerable and don't know what to do. It feels as if we have lost all control, which is probably the scariest thing!
It was a week before Christmas when my six-year-old daughter Alexandra became ill with a stomach virus. It became increasingly obvious that it wasn’t a typical stomach virus so she was soon hospitalized. We later discovered that she had a combination of meningitis and encephalitis. These conditions resulted in profound hearing loss and an inability to walk.
Our lives changed. Our crisis had come.
We started on the long road to finding the right team of doctors, researching our best options, and working with specialists. It was no doubt a lot of work, but worth every minute. Gradually over the next year and with a lot of therapy, Alexandra learned to walk again! Cochlear implants have made hearing possible once again. Today, my daughter is thriving!
Coping with Crisis – Tips for the Journey
Are you coping with your own crisis? If so, I want you to know that it is possible to survive. I want to share some tools my family used that helped us through our crisis. May these tools help you through your journey as well:
Coping with Crisis – Find the Positive
Find the positive along the journey. I learned that my daughter is a hero and my son is a rock. We need to remember that God has a plan for each and every one of us and on our journey we need to ask God for help.
My prayer is that you will find healing as you faithfully walk this journey. I find hope in the Bible. Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). If you are feeling burdened beyond what you can carry, Jesus is waiting for you with arms wide open. Won’t you let him carry your load?