How To Make Your Life Better
Donna O’Donnell Figurski
So many times I hear, “I want my life back!” I’ve said it myself and made myself miserable. Now six years post stroke, I see that I will never get my old life back. It’s impossible. But the trials of my stroke and my recovery have changed my life forever – and for the good.
I am a survivor, and the things I have learned about life will not allow me to return to the old life. Sure, some of the things I loved to do are no longer possible, but I have adapted to change. It wasn’t easy, but I really had no choice.
For the first few years, I played the “pity game.” I was mad at the world. I lamented, “Why me?” One day, I found that I was tired of this game. I thought that there has to be a better life after stroke. I put the wheelchair in a corner and picked up my walker. I started the hard work. Soon I was on the cane doing the same thing. It is by no means easy. Not only was I walking, but I also felt proud. That’s why you hear me say, “Stand tall and proud!”
Do not waste your time in that “pity place.” It’s very lonely there, and there is nothing to gain but misery. The ability to change your life is not a secret hidden from you. Instead, it’s about working to get what you want out of life.
I’m not smarter than you. You just have to get that brain thinking right, and get up and get it done. It takes time to heal, but time is on your side. You have plenty of it. Don’t think it’s all got to come at once. Work slowly and steadily. It will come.
Thank you, Randy Terry.
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