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Super Optimism And Coping With Chronic Illness

March 17th, 2011 · 5 Comments

By Lara Cookey
One of the basic coping strategies with living with chronic debilitating illness is the psychological well-being of the sufferer. After medications have been administered, lifestyle changes sought and support given by friends and family, there is a need to reach deep within. There is a need to tap into whatever shred of optimism or positivity you have and find ways and means to multiply it exponentially. For this will be the difference between living a life, and merely existing.
In my personal experience, nothing has ever dehumanised me as finding myself with physical incapacity and needing assistance from others. Nothing has made me feel more humiliated  than being forced by my disabilities, to adopt a strange and often abnormally slow gait as I struggled to move from one place to the other. There is no faster way of knowing what the sum total of humanity with all its foibles and vanity really is.

However, rising above the base level of this is the only way to ensure longevity. Choosing to live, and literally focussing on living joyfully ‘in spite’ of disability is crucial to survival.
Some call it super optimism , what ever it is called, this is what I needed and finding it has given me great freedoms.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nana Yaa // Mar 17, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Absolutely! You got it so right.

  • 2 Pinnock // Mar 17, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    My prayers are with all of you and God will surely give us all strength to pull through these obstacles in life.
    ”You fail not when you fall but when you give up.’ ……….Richard Nixon

  • 3 Adwoa Sey // Mar 18, 2011 at 2:57 am

    The following is part of a speech given by Theodore Roosevelt (US President) in 1910. I think it sums up what some are going through. I know I have stumbled (literally and figuratively!) a lot.

    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

  • 4 Samuel Quarcoo // Jun 6, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Yes indeed, that should be the response and spirit of all; for such is the grace that God is ever ready to give. And we should say and believe with our heart that its nothing but an obstacle, and the option is but one, it must give way to us and not the other way round. Then no condition shall steal joy and happiness out of our lives .

  • 5 Candy // Jun 7, 2011 at 9:09 am

    “We should say and believe with our heart that its nothing but an obstacle, and the option is but one, it must give way to us and not the other way round. Then no condition shall steal joy and happiness out of our lives” .

    Thanks for that Samuel.
    So true, So true

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