American writer and Lecturer Helen Keller said “When one door of happiness closes, another opens. But often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see one which has been opened for us”.
When I was initially given the diagnosis of having Alzheimer’s disease, I was in a terrible state of emotions, in denial, depressed, feeling hopeless. I realized that I wasn’t escaping this diagnosis after pondering about the women in my family who also lived and died with this depressing sentence that robs you of a normal existence and takes away your pride of self.
I cried and began to pray about it and came to the realization that we are all going to get something that will end our normal every day lives. The diagnosis actually turned into an opportunity for me to help others with the same diagnosis as mine.
I’ve turned it into a positive effort. Look at it as a way to cope with the stigma of having the disease. Help the cause to find a cure. Everyone should own a cause.
To stop pitting yourself. Turn it into your cause. t gives one an opportunity to give back. And to realize to be thankful that you have family, friends, faith in God , Doctors, researchers and the human race.
With my cause, I have been and will be tested for the sake of finding a cure and will form walks to raise awareness and funding to find a cure.
Turn it into your cause for ourselves and our future generations. Doing so will help others, future generations and help you feel better about yourself.
~ Barbara Cheek Johnson is a journalist living with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease~