Positivity – a healthy attitude or blind optimism?

For me, having a positive attitude is essential to living well with Parkinson’s.

However I am aware that this can be interpreted as blind optimism – as if I were burying my head in the sand and always looking on the bright side and not accepting my condition. For the record this isn’t what I think at all. I know I have Parkinson’s and I know it’s a currently incurable degenerative disease. I live with it – and the many challenges it presents – every day. But, I can’t change that and dwelling on it doesn’t help. So in my opinion, focusing on and being grateful for the positives, can only be a good thing.

Even though I have Parkinson’s, I can still choose to be grateful for all the good things in my life:
The continued support and encouragement from my family, friends and colleagues
My fantastic Parkinson’s nurse – sadly not everyone has access to a specialist nurse
My medication which helps me to have a good quality of life
Through Start Living Today PD, meeting others who live with Parkinson’s, who inspire, support and encourage me
All the challenging experiences I’ve been through living with Parkinson’s – I’ve learned so much and come so far and it has made me (and I think will continue to make me) stronger and more resilient
That through sharing my experiences, I am able to – in some small way – perhaps help and encourage others

Blind optimism? Perhaps, but it’s my choice and it works for me.


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