The Miracle of Gratitude

After being diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease, this guest blogger found 12 lessons in her struggle that keep her grateful.

Posted in , Sep 2, 2016


Today’s guest post comes from blogger, photographer and holistic health coach Molly LaFata. In 2014, Molly was diagnosed with Pemphigus Vulgaris, a rare autoimmune disease. Since then she’s been on a journey of self-discovery and healing. And she’s gained much perspective along the way. 

Here Molly writes about the 12 lessons her illness has taught her:

One day, while walking alone, I surprised myself. Deep in thought, I suddenly said aloud, “Thank you.” It was in this moment, I realized — I’m grateful for my disease.

In a way, it’s become a mentor — commanding respect. An instructor — encouraging patience. Lessons are delivered daily and the more I listen, the more I learn. While the time has been relatively short since diagnosis, these are the lessons I’ve learned so far:

1.       This is not without purpose

Deep in the depths of disease lies a purpose that is much larger than me.

2.       Have Patience 

“Divine timing” is at work.

3.       Be Vulnerable

Share. Be open-hearted and prepare for unexpected connections with others.

4.       Be Present

Disease shifts on a dime. Spending energy and worry on what could happen distracts from the joy in what is happening.

5.       Gratitude Heals

Being aware of what blessings I’ve received helps me recognize them more when they arrive.

6.       I Am Stronger Than I Think

How I respond is more important than the problem at hand.

7.       Watch and Listen

Lessons are delivered in many forms.  I’ll be taught, as long as I stay open to learning.

8.       Practice Compassion

Others around me have unknown struggles as well. Approach them with an empathetic heart.

9.       Take the Help

Say “yes” when someone offers to help. It’s not considered “weak” to accept gifts of generosity.

10.   Self-care Matters

My body is a perfect, magnificently designed gift.

11.   Use My Tools

Walking and writing are powerful methods of therapy.

12.   Do Better

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better” — Maya Angelou.

I’m confident that I’ll be shown more lessons along the way. What are some of your best lessons learned?

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