Today’s Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge prompt is to choose a quote and write about it.
“Never deny a diagnosis, but do deny the negative verdict that may go with it.” – Norman Cousins
Norman Cousins was an amazing man. He was diagnosed with two life-threatening illnesses and in both cases used humor along with medical treatment to heal himself. He later went on to help shape the way we look at illness. In short, that illness need not rob us of being fully alive.
In my own life, I find that the key to health is freedom from fear. Being sick is one of the scariest things in the world, so being sick and fearless in is a huge challenge. Many people before me have done this, inspiring me to rise above my fear and to live in the reality of illness without the pain of fear.
How do I do this? It is a practice. Support, good information, choosing a trustworthy medical team and trusting their advice are part of it. Meditation, stress-reduction, exercise, good sleep, a healthy diet and lots of fun also help to keep me fit and out of fear.