I never stop learning from this forum. After reading through all the posts on this thread, I am amazed all over again, as if I had never participated here before. Lin's original exploration of maintaining optimism with a condition that, logically, you know will prevail in the end was as familiar to me as if I had written it myself. Somehow or other, we pwp have to develop a two-sided manner of dealing with our ailment. We must be honest and practical in recognising our symptoms, treating them as best we can, and realising that they will worsen in the future. Simultaneously, we must try to live in the moment and make the best use of our time with skills and abilities we may lose; such living only in the present allows us to sustain optimism. And we can add to our positive thinking by surrounding ourselves with comedy and humour.
But it's a juggling act. We have to keep those balls in the air! When one drops, we have a down day or two until we get our sense of rhythm and balance back again.
Thank you, Lin, and all those who responded to her post!