Having a positive mental attitude to most things you encounter through your life can come easier to some than others. I have always been aware that life and the challenges it throws my way could always be worse. From being very young my Grandmother would often say " We rise above it Rachel " and " there are so many unfortunate people out there, you are not one of them" I have always been grateful for what i am and what i have but also times when i question how lucky i am when yet another so called hereditary disease finds my body to set up home in, when no other person in the family has the condition. Possibly this attitude i have has helped me cope and manage my health or maybe i haven't had the suffering thats linked with various conditions that some have , i dont know. .
I think that Parkinsons affects us all very differently and appears to be faster in its progression in some more than others. I would like to think that mine is slower, which it sounds like it is when i read some posts on this forum from others. Or could it be the way that i deal with it that helps?
I have always had the ability to get myself out of the doodoo as it were, make sense of rubbish and find ways out of difficult situations, i can't get out of this situation so make the best of what i have. This is in my make up this is who i am, plus i am surrounded by family and friends who make it possible. If i were alone without support around me then i may not have such a PMA. So out of that i have found what makes me tick, what makes me grateful, what makes me ME! Family. Friends and a wise Grandmother. I hope i continue to think like this because it works for me.