Pick the battles

July 9, 2008 at 11:17 am

I did not mean to sound discouraging in my reply. The main point I was trying to make was that people can recover, but sometimes you have to prioritize and pick the battles that you fight. Keep encouraging your mother that walking is not “essential” to life or to being a vital part of this world. I am sure that her love and support fills a huge place in all of your lives and one does not have to walk to share that. Walking is important for independence and when one has to give up things that have been part of your life except in infancy, this can be hard to adjust to. Please tell her that we all here understand tired and loss of health and all the changes that that brings in life, but that does not mean that life cannot be good. It just means it may have to be good in different ways. Sharing the love of family and friends is the most important thing that any of us can do.
I just wanted to say this and also that coming to acceptance that life is winding down is not the same as giving up. There is a peace with knowing that there is a better place after this that does not involve struggling to make one’s body move or pain or limitations. I am looking forward to dancing in heaven.
WithHope for a cure of these diseases and grace to continue until then.