Living with an invisible disability can be likened to living behind walls. Walls that keep us confined from what we do not know and have a difficult time understanding. Walls that limit by denial. Walls that hinder our ability to realize that we can experience freedom. A freedom beyond the walls of an invisible disability.
Unknowingly and for many years, my invisible disability kept me stuck behind these walls. Walls that led me to believe that there was something wrong with me for which I deserved to be abused. Walls that kept me focusing on what I could not change. Walls that led to depression.
Walls that led me to believe that I could do nothing more with my life than what had been dealt out to me. Walls that blinded my ability to realize that I could live my life abundantly beyond the walls of my invisible disability. Walls that kept me a prisoner to a system of faulty and limiting beliefs. But I am so very thankful that I reached a threshold of pain in my life. A threshold of pain that opened the eyes of my understanding.
A threshold of pain that motivated me to look beyond the walls of my invisible disability. A threshold of pain that helped me to grow in awareness and acceptance. A threshold of pain that helped me to realize a new freedom. A freedom to realize that I no longer had to buy into what other people, wanted or needed me to believe about myself. A freedom to create hope to follow my dreams. A freedom to use my gifts, talents, and abilities in ways that would work for me beyond the walls of my invisible disability. A freedom to live.
What Helped me to Find Freedom From Behind the Walls of My Invisible Disability
On August 17, 2007, I wrote a 4 part article, My Struggle Living with an Invisible Disability. I wrote the article to share what I learned through my experience of living with a traumatic brain injury and an invisible disability. I wrote this article series to share what helped me to find freedom beyond the walls of my invisible disability. On December 13, 2011, I reprinted the article and added a 5th Part to the series.
In the event that you feel like a prisoner behind the walls of an invisible disability, I would invite you to read the article series. Each part of the article gives more insight into the previous part of the article. Below I have provided links to each part of the article series. Click on the link and the part will open for you.
In the follow-up to this article series, I wrote a 2 Part article series on August 21, 2007. I wrote this 2 Part article series Having an Invisible Disability – The Consequence of Denying Reality to share what I experience when I find myself back behind the walls of my invisible disability. Below are links to the article.