Doing weekly health stories, I interview a lot of people dealing with countless medical conditions. Yesterday I spent time with a husband and wife BOTH diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The interesting thing, they seem really happy. Married for 60+ years and in their mid-80s, they live in a nice assisted living facility apartment. When asked how things are going health-wise, they both said fine. But not being able to drive or not having as much energy were minor setbacks. Amazing! And people my age are upset about waiting at a red light. (At least I am from time to time.) Week after week, it never fails. I meet and talk with people facing incredible challenges… Lou Gehrig’s, cancer recurrence, Parkinson’s… and I come away reevaluating my life. If I’m “lucky”, I’ll end up living to be 80+ maintaining a positive attitude despite being unable to drive or to count on my mind to serve me well. A recent motivational speaker in town said Darwin’s theory on longevity comes down to this: adapt and adjust. Clearly my story subjects this week have adopted that philosophy. Who cares about a serious diagnosis if you can’t change the cards you’ve been dealt. Hold hands, hang with your spouse on the couch and live out the rest of your life like you did the years that brought you to this point. With thanks, grace and humility.
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This post was written by Tara on October 21, 2009