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Monday, November 19, 2007
Room 101: The Worst Thing
I've recently read a couple of mentions of one's own personal 'Room 101' — the worst torture of yourself you can imagine — and how you shouldn't ever reveal it. I've been building up courage to ask or discuss a point about that, which also ties in with earlier points about how torture affects the victim.
What if some of the worst things you were afraid of did happen, but not as torture? Several bouts of different diseases: surgery, drugs, painful & difficult treatments & rehabilitation over a few short years, leaving permanent deformities & ongoing disabilities. Some of the treatment is close to torture, tho' done with all care & good intent.
Overlapping with those, deaths & other very painful family difficulties.
Resulting from these & medical stuff, some large & complex financial problems.
On hearing the diagnosis of my most recent serious disease, I was almost disappointed that it wasn't a probably-terminal recurrence of a previous one. I could have 'settled my affairs' & enjoyed what time I had left. But it was new, and I had to face many months of new pain & struggle.
So far, I've physically survived — less a few important bodily bits — but rather than feeling "refined by fire" or strengthened, or learning deep spiritual lessons, etc, etc, etc, I feel broken, weak, distractable, fearful, often depressed, less able to do now what I could do before in almost every way. One friend likened it to post-traumatic stress disorder.
Some places I've been on the Internet are more comforting than the "inspirational" stories I see around in the media, where various people overcome their suffering to run a marathon, or something of that sort, and say that the disease or accident was "the best thing that's happened" to them because of the good things they've learnt. There I read of people dealing with their problems, or suffering through them, but not usually praising them.
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