Resilience

What is resilience? Resilience is something I’ve talked to people about in my work. I have done a quick “Google” (not very scientific, but this isn’t an academic essay!) and found a definition of resilience as follows:

‘…the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.’

I’m not sure about the ‘quickly’ bit, but certainly I have found personally that drawing on the memory and the skills that got me through tough times previously have certainly helped me with my diagnosis.

If I can get through:

Earthquakes

Bereavements

Ongoing health issues

Divorces – yes, more than one!

I can get through this. I remind myself of the things that have helped me in the past, like friends and family, getting good exercise and eating well, finding the positives in my life and generally looking after myself. But, if I wallow and sink into self-pity too much it just makes things harder. So, I know that I can get through tough stuff in life and make it out the other side a stronger person, I’ve done it before and I will do it again. This condition that I find myself with is just another thing to get through. I am strong, I am resilient, I can do it!

Published by parklandssue

I work in health and have been with the same supportive team for over 7 years. They are all aware of my diagnosis and this helps tremendously especially while I get used to the idea of my diagnosis. My parents both had Parkinsons, so I guess my odds were higher than most.

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