3 Oct 2010
How do we stay positive through illness? Through understanding our illness, I believe we can. It’s important to be and stay positive. I tend to buy into ‘the cup’s half full philosophy.’
How many of us equate stress, or our own mortality through an illness of a loved one? When my mother was ill, I sat with her, then a thought came into my mind. That could be me in 15 to 20 years. At the time I didn’t know I had Cerebral Palsy, but it opened my eyes to what I needed to do to find out about what I had been dealing with, but it would have been easy to spiral into negativity.
I know that although my mum was always so positive, she did have another side to her; where she would carry too much emotional stress and that caused her to get ill. Although I had been living with not knowing I had Cerebral Palsy for 46 years, I remained upbeat and positive. But it was watching mum work through her illness that opened my eyes.
It’s important to stay positive through illness. We must also deal with stress, so that we prevent illness. My mum showed me through her illness, that no matter how positive we are, we must continue to deal with stress.