I agree with vienna: nice post, well written. It's hard to accept that we may never be like most other people in terms of heart function. But when we do reach that point of acceptance, that our body is unique in this way, does that mean we've given up on life? No. There's still so much we CAN do. And we're not the only people living with certain limitations. It doesn't mean we sit back and focus on those. That's depressing and self defeating.
Look at Stephen Hawking. Confined to a wheelchair, can barely move anything, can't talk but his mind is amazing and he's constantly exploring new things. We need to explore the good around us and appreciate that.
If asked if the current state of your heart disease is acceptable, how would you answer?
Very strange question!!
Isn't this kind of like asking; Does it hurt more when I thrust the knife UP into your heart or if I stab you Strait In? Your stabbing me either way and the outcome will be very similar so why ask such a question? "Yes Dr. I like having a deadly disease". Such a questions should have been changed to ask, "What can we do to further eliminate the disease?". I would have excepted "Do you feel better now than when we first met?" but not asking if having a deadly disease is better than being near death with the same deadly disease.
Semantics I guess, and I would have stated the above with a smile and a non threatening way to my Dr. (secretly wanting to slap him hard) so that he would figure it out that that was a stupid question and I'm giving him the opportunity to rephrase it. Of course if he didn't rephrase it I'd have to question where he got his license to practice.
My Dr would talk to me only about what ever I want to talk about.:) Like music, food.
He never ask more question then.: How are you?
Ireneo great example.
As they say in positive thinking: We create our reality from our Thoughts, Feelings, Choices and Beliefs................ Isnt that true?:)
Well ofcourse we can be down time to time, we are only human, but if we love ourselves first and most we will not let ourselves suffering long. And being ill. I do not feel ill at all,only my heart has a certain condition, just like my skin is white, or my eyes are green. This is how I see it., not as an awful illness.So I love my heart!!!!!!!! If we do suffer more then feeling an occasional pain(and taking it with smile , saying it is it, so what?) we do not love ourselves enough. Then we should go back to work on it. Lots of help can come from that simple thought, that we are not this body only, but much more. When I say :Loving ourselves I do not think to be selfish egoist ofcourse:). Those are selfish egoist are full of themselves. Also real self-love will help us to love others too….
Have a great week-end Ladies and Gentlemen !
Thanks for the post, it was interesting to read your thoughts again. It must be difficult to access one's condition with no real reference point and no real end point to consider. To take the position of saying my life starts now and I will live it to the best of my abilities is a bold statement for anyone living with a disease, be it heart disease, diabetes or cancer. I just watched my dear uncle reach his "end point" with cancer and we buried him after 4 years a couple days ago. He always said, "it's not what I was then, it's what I am now and I won't worry about what I've lost, rather I'll be concerned with what I have ahead of me to look forward to"
I always admired that thinking, he never obsessed on where he had been in life, only where he was headed. What was out of his hands did not concern him.
Thanks for the post.