It has been about seven months since I experienced the onset of Tinnitus. The initial onset was alarming and stressful. There were days when I would arrive home and put my head between my hands and cry. I couldn’t sleep. I lost my appetite. And I wasn’t sure if I would be able to cope with the noise inside my head. My experience is similar to this story here. What really troubled me though, was the fear.
I am able to cope now, and the noise, while still perceived at times, mostly at night, no longer impacts my daily life. I live without fear which was not the case when the Tinnitus first emerged. So there is hope for those who struggle with this condition. If you are in Canada and suffer with Tinnitus, I recommend taking a look at this site.
I subscribe to CarePages which is an online support community for people coping with illness. There are so many amazing stories of people responding to exceptionally difficult challenges. A source of inspiration.
One quote that I came across on the CarePages site stuck with me during those first few difficult months with Tinnitus:
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. — Eleanor Roosevelt