One of the things that I have noticed in my interaction with people who have multiple sclerosis is that many of them give up on hope and in the process, on life itself. A friend of mine recently stated “A cure will be found for cancer, as there is so much focus on research there. Neurological problems, like multiple sclerosis, people seem to just ignore. “
This is not true and also the most irrational statement one can make. It is like saying “Since there is so much focus on drought relief, people in a drought prone region will not have a problem. It is only people who are in a region prone to floods who need to worry.” As we know, both situations are not a happy place to be in. People survive and move on as they just do not give up hope.
Diseases do not come in a basket that one can pick and choose. Let us not give more power to the ailment than necessary. If we have a disease that I would prefer to call a health challenge, we need to look for heroes and heroines who have combated challenges and led a wholesome life for inspiration.
Here again, with personal experience, I strongly recommend NOT focusing just on one’s ailment as that usually makes one obsessed with one’s ailment and too much focus there will NOT solve the problem. Let us do what we need to do and focus on what we can do and NOT what we cannot do.
Whatever the ailment, there are a million things to be grateful for, a million things one can do and be productive in and a million people who are working to make one’s life better. It is all about perspective, people. The world and life itself is as we view it.
If we shift the focus from despair to gratitude and hope, life will indeed be wonderful for all of us.