Chronic illness can break your will. It can also show you how resilient you really are. But don’t you think that’s true of any of life’s challenges?
Sorry, Terry, but I don’t think you would have been a contender. Not as long as you stayed stuck in blame.
Poverty, bad people, illness, any loss . . can make you a victim. But the question is: are you going to stay the victim?
A recent report in Lancet describes themes that reveal a person’s ability to adjust psychologically to chronic illness. It suggests that you can promote adjustment by doing the following:
- Remain as active as is reasonably possible
- Acknowledge and express their emotions in a way that allows them to take control of their lives
- Engage in self-management
- Try to focus on potential positive outcomes of their illness
None of the above are easy to do for most people. Most of us sink just a little when we face a challenge, especially one which is chronic and unpredictable. For those who are born with a “can do”, hopeful and resilient attitude, life with just be that much easier. It”s not that they hit fewer bumps but it’s how they ride them.
But you can learn to think differently about this. You can train your mind to respond with belief in your self and your ability to be more. Terry , the boxer in “On the Waterfront”, faced chronic poverty with self pity.
How about you? How are you adjusting?