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Danea Horn Danea Horn life coach. health strategist. affirmationist.

Life Coach and speaker Danea Horn is an expert at helping people design and implement strategies for a fulfilling life when facing health challenges. She developed the website Creative Affirmations: Redefining Positive for Real Life. [www.DaneaHorn.com]

I have the ability to see meaning in life’s challenges. The more I’m able to yield to the tough stuff in life and know it has purpose, the easier it becomes to accept and manage my way through it.

When I was 4 months old, my mom wrote me a letter to describe her experience of my birth. I was born with VACTERL Association, a condition that required ten surgeries before I was two and resulted in lifelong chronic disease. Mom ended the letter by saying, “Danea, I will never understand fully why you chose to come to this life in this manner. I am very hopeful that someday you will tell me more about it. I know that I will never stop being thankful for the time I have had with you and for your choosing to come to us.” Her letter assigned purpose to my challenges and showed me that I could be grateful in spite of difficulties. I learned that I was not cursed, burdened, or unlucky – just on a journey that had the potential to become a catalyst for growth.

At age 24, I learned that kidney disease would prevent me from carrying a pregnancy successfully. The health challenges I’d had before were inconveniences, but they’d never prevented me from doing anything. I had to come back to my foundation of knowing that there is meaning behind life’s challenges. That allowed me to grieve and accept the loss of my fertility, out of which a deep passion for adoption grew.

Occasionally, I’ve been known to worry. I try to pretend then that I have a magic wand that allows me to control my life. If I figure out this or prepare for that, I get to choose my life’s outcomes. I return to the present moment and remind myself of what’s true now, not what I fear will be true in the future.

People try to control every detail of life to prevent pain. This keeps us from leading meaningful lives. You, as the narrator of your life, get to determine the purpose behind what got you to where you are and what you’re going to do with it. Write your story with meaning.

A new frontier I’m trying to reach inside myself is learning to trust that life is a moment-by-moment practice of remembering that I am right where I should be.

– Danea Horn

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