From time to time, life has a way of redirecting our very existence, whether we like the path that has been chosen for us or not. I speak specifically of events over which you have no control. Sickness is one of times. When great turmoil happens, we then sometimes promise to ourselves and to our family and friends that somehow our lives will be different. There's nothing wrong with making changes as long as their are lasting changes, those kinds of life modifications that ground us solid to a new way of living that isn't altered simply by new situational shifts.
By staying grounded, family and friends know where we stand and can take faith in us when things get tought.