There could be times when ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ sounds like an impossible thing to hope for. The journey has been arduous so far and there seems to be no end to the struggle. How do you keep going when all the odds seem to be against you?

I remember being in this exact place four years ago. The year 2012 was inching towards its end; my fifth chemo infusion was galloping through my veins, cancer and its treatment had taken a toll and ironically I was feeling that life had been knocked out of me. The ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ seemed like an illusion. The ambience at home reeked of confusion – we surprised ourselves as we grabbed every opportunity we could lay our hands on to kick cancer’s butt out of my life. At the same time, there was this all-encompassing quiet because in less than eight weeks we would find out if the treatment had worked or not. We hoped for the best while we feared the worst. No more was mortality a mere philosophical discussion that intellectual people engaged in over coffee; it seemed too raw, too real and too close. 

Oh, how we yearned for a crystal ball just to be able to predict if there would be more ‘New Years’ in my life! But crystal ball was the only thing neither my fabulous doctors nor I had. 

And so, we did the only thing that was in our power – instead of focusing at the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’, we focused on the next immediate step. And so we plodded – one step at a time, one day at a time doing what needed to be done whilst keeping our eyes on a target that seemed no where in our reach.

And here is the thing – While we didn’t see the results on a daily basis, we began to see them in blocks of time. In another month, my hair began to grow back. In the next 4 weeks, the much awaited moment arrived and I was given an all-clear from cancer. My status changed from a cancer patient to a cancer survivor. Hurray! Now the treatment was not curative but preventative. Gradually but surely, the rehab journey began.

Four years later, as a coach I help other people move forward in their lives.

And so, next time, if there seems no light at the end of the tunnel whilst the tunnel itself is too long, just try focusing on the next step. When it gets all over, you will be able to look back and say, “It was so worth it”. 

Wishing you all loads of good luck as we enter the 2017. May the New year bring happiness and good health to you.

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Can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel; life feels too hard and uncertain and you could do with a helping hand to help you move forward?