Posted on April 29, 2017
An update in the words of my darling Laurel:
Speaking with Jillian, visiting her throughout my travels and having her welcome me into her home as a guest again and again, I am, as always, struck by her strength and bravery throughout this healing process.
The blessings and the hits keep on happening - the Yin and the Yang of life! Jillian is weaning herself off the back brace and it is amazing to watch her being more mobile and in less pain- WAY less pain.
It is hard though to see her still pretty restricted in movement and very restricted in energy. Being Jillian, she is optimistic and incredibly positive, yet I know how difficult it is to be so clearly on the road to recovery, and then pushed back in the healing process with her recent serious fall. It is so hard to see someone who is working so hard, and is such an inspiration to so many in her recovery, not only having debilitating health issues again, but also financial hits such as major car repair, water damage in her house, a sick kitty, and of course her medical bills. The things that challenge us in life that may feel small and manageable are amplified tenfold when you are sick and in pain.
But, of course, Jillian continues to inspire me every time I talk to her. She tells me that the blessings come in every aspect of her life. Supportive friends are still the best, and she is so grateful to them for showing up for her throughout this journey.
She also tells me that friends and professionals have been so generous in the healing arts. With the help of feldenkrais/cranial sacral therapy, acupuncture, massage, homeopathy, and recently added physical therapy, she knows that 100% healing is right around the corner!
While the unexpected bills pile up, Jillian is constantly looking for ways to move forward. She is gearing up for some life changes - gathering the energy to go through all of her belongings and sell off what she can in order to both raise funds, and clear out the "stuff" of her life that no longer serves, freeing her for whatever shows up next. In Jillian’s words: “by putting this out to the world in writing, I'm hoping for the motivation, both physically and emotionally, to get it rolling sooner rather than later!”
Jillian is my second mother, dear friend, and truly an inspiration to me every day. When I want to step forward with determination and confidence, I think of all that she has taught me about being positive despite all odds.
I know that it is incredibly difficult to ask others for support and help. It can be one of the hardest things in life. But it is vital to build community, connection, and love. Over these past years I have watched so many of you reach out with kind words, rides to the doctor, food, and donations, and I am flooded with gratitude for each one of you. Most of you I have not met, but knowing that Jillian has such a caring community of friends around her gives me faith in the goodness of the world.
The journey of healing is not yet over, and I ask you from the bottom of my heart to keep Jillian in your thoughts and continue to be that strong community of support for her, whether through healing thoughts, kind words, or donations.
With endless gratitude,