Looking at Dunia, you’d never know that she’s suffered from multiple auto-immune conditions since childhood. Hearing about how it took her 7 years to recover from eating a mouthful of soup containing an ingredient her immune system ‘over’ reacts to, gave me a lot of perspective on how I expect healing so quickly. I want everything yesterday.
Dunia has experienced slow recovery like I can only imagine. And this has taught her lessons I’m sure i have left to learn. Acceptance and patience to name just two! I spent a lot of time thinking about her story after we recorded in November 2022. I was trying to imagine what it must feel like to experience and thus know, with such certainty, that we have so very little control.
I often talk about experiencing powerlessness, but I know i haven’t on the level Dunia has. She really inspired me, with her upbeat attitude and her interest in getting outside her comfort zone. Although she hasn’t been able to choose exactly what her life looks like (at all) she makes the most out of what she can do and what she does have control over. To me, that’s incredibly powerful and inspiring.
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