I often hear & read of people who, (often times) very nobly say they are “fighting” a disease or condition they have. They are often applauded for their “noble fight.”

As a person disabled by the chronic “progressive disease” called Parkinson’s, I’m not comfortable with this, and here’s why…

For those who:

have a chronic disease, or…
have lost an appendage or…
need to wear glasses to see/ read…
or experience anything other than physical, mental, emotional & spiritual perfection…

the disease, lost appendage, need for glasses, imperfection is part of YOU.. part of who you are.. and Why oh why would you fight a part of who you are?

Much better, IMO, to accept who you are, and manage it to the best of your ability, with love, compassion and understanding.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t pretend to always come from such a lofty view of disease. I’ve simply found it’s bottom line MORE USEFUL to set up the disease handling strategy as: “I accept that I have xxxxx. It is NOT Me, or my identity.. and I will do the best I can to manage it and live a fulfilling life, despite the limitations it (seems to) impose on me.”

After all, in one way or another, we’re all disabled.. need glasses, or a hearing aid, or one leg is shorter than another, or we’re too smart, or not smart enough….. etc, etc, etc.

Why “fight” ourselves?

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