By definition, a vicissitude is an event or timeframe that is unwelcome or unpleasant. The times that test our very will to keep pushing. No matter whether physical or mental, we are all going through something.
I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease several years back, causing me to begin a chapter of my life in which I never imagined. With a life threatening abscess, and over half a foot of intestine removed, I was truly at my lowest. The recovery would be the worst, having to grasp dealing with this confusing chronic disease while trying to rebuild a broken body, fighting itself from the inside out.
However, I look back on these times only to realize what a true blessing it was. These times tested my strength, faith, and character to make me see what truly matters. A new life emerged from what was unnoticeably damaged before.