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Topic: Ow! (01/07/10)
TITLE: Sometimes Life Hurts
By Nikki Rosen
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How could this be possible? How could she have a malignant tumour growing in her body? She was only thirty-two, still young and had just really begun to live her life. She didn’t feel sick. If she had cancer, wouldn’t she know it? Wouldn’t she feel pain, or nausea or something to indicate her body held the malignancy?
The doctor’s look of compassion didn’t help ease her fear. He had just told her the she needed surgery. She couldn’t wait. He wanted to schedule it for tomorrow morning. Emmy wrapped her arms around her body almost as if trying to protect herself from the darkness growing inside. She had to call Mac. She hoped he could handle the news. They had known each other since grade one. Anytime something went wrong, she could call him and he always knew what to do to fix it, to make it right. But not this time; even Mac wouldn’t be able to fix this.
Nineteen year old Janice had been driving home from the party with Connie and Amanda, her two best friends. A sports car had barrelled down the street at high speed and hit their car head on. Janice remembered the terrible sound of crunching metal shattering the night’s calm, the terrifying agonizing screams and then being engulfed in flames. She couldn’t recall anything else. At the hospital, she had been told a drunk driver had hit them. Her friends both died at the scene of the accident and now she lay in a hospital bed unable to move from the waist down with burns covering thirty percent of her body. The driver responsible for the accident had survived.
Kathy pushed her young children through the door wanting to get out of the cold. The young worker smiled at her. “I’ll show you to your room. We’re serving lunch in about twenty minutes in the dining room.” Kathy nodded, avoiding her eyes. Life had held so much promise. She had met Jack while on vacation. She had been flattered by his pursuit of her. In less then one year she had agreed to marry him. She had envisioned a happy life with a man who seemed devoted to her, but after giving birth to their first son, Jack started hitting her. He became easily frustrated, even with small things, but Kathy kept making excuses for him. She blamed his angry moods on a heavy workload or his mother’s demands on him or anything else she could think of. She became concerned when shortly after giving birth to their second child, Jack lost his temper and beat her for not cooking his meal the way he wanted it. He couldn’t seem to control himself. After that, he began lashing out at her almost daily, berating her for cooking meals he didn’t like, or dressing like a ’tramp,’ or being ’too stupid’ to know what he needed. Kathy wanted her children to have a father so she put up with the beatings and his name calling. But when Jack struck their four year old son, Darcy, for not moving out of his way fast enough, Kathy left and came to the women’s shelter.
Life isn’t always fair and sometimes it hurts. Those hurts can seem insurmountable and avenues taken to relieve its pressure can cause even more suffering. Some people become addicted to medications prescribed to help them calm their anxieties and fears. Others seek solace in the arms of strangers that can result in an unwanted pregnancy or broken marriages. Some turn to substance abuse or other addictive measures that create even more pain and heartache and a few, unable to handle life’s hardships or see any hope, choose to end their lives.
No one goes through life unscathed by some form of trouble and sorrow, but its the way in which a person handles what life presents to them that determines the outcome. Many gain strength from family, friends and God and have been able to rise above painful situations. Healing from trauma is a process and using faith has been found to be one of the best approaches to dealing with life’s hurts.
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