Living your Life with Health Problems


Article by Wendy McCance

Do you remember Michael J. Fox?  He is an actor who was on the very popular Family Ties television show.  He went on to do a series of well-known movies, Back to the Future being one of his best.

Do you remember when Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease?  He was so young to be afflicted with such a life altering disease.  He had a family, a successful career and was living the american dream.

All of this could have been unbelievably crushing.  He could have holed up in a corner and waited to die.  How would he be able to go on?  How would he take care of his family financially and emotionally?  What would happen to his career?

Michael J. Fox is the perfect lesson in taking a life altering blow and turn it in your favor.  He didn’t give up on life, he did a do-over.  He revamped his life to work with any limitations he might have.  He then went on to have tremendous new success.  He wrote books, continued working as an actor and became a leader in the fight for a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.

The point of bringing up this actor is that sometimes life will give you something you never saw coming.  It isn’t something that is in your life plan and could destroy all of your hopes and ambitions…if you let it.

If you are dealt a serious blow like a health issue that could prevent you from continuing on as you always had, you have two choices.  You can sink into a horrible depression and give up on life, or you can choose to take this as an opportunity to get it right.

This is your chance to go after the things you have always dreamed of.  This is your chance to take a second look at your relationships, career and way you live your life.  Decide what works and what doesn’t.  When I found out I had Fibromyalgia, over several months, it became glaringly clear that my career choice would not work with this disease.  I had to figure out what career would be a better fit.  After much soul-searching and moments of feeling bad for myself, I found writing.  It was the greatest, most unexpected thing to have happened.

I am grateful for the opportunity that was given to me in a pull the rug out from under you sort of way.  I was forced to stare into my life and really admit how happy and content I was.  How was I going to make my life better?  How do you make something better when you feel worse off?

I know it’s unbelievable, but from health challenges can come growth, wisdom and increased happiness.  It all depends on how you play your cards.  Choose to recreate your life into something that feels better.  Surround yourself with friends who aren’t toxic but loving and drama free.  Take a hobby seriously and pursue it as a career.  Get more adventurous and daring.

Put yourself out there and really live your life.  You only get one life so you might as well make the most of it.  Illness doesn’t need to be the end.  It’s just all in the way you adjust to it and the spirit you create with what you have got.

Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer and social media consultant. Wendy has gained attention as the founder of the popular blog Searching for the Happiness which can be viewed in 9 local papers online, including the Oakland Press. The combination of writing skills and social media knowledge is what makes Wendy such a powerhouse to work with. Stay tuned for opportunities to advertise, guest post and as always, have your questions answered.

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10 thoughts on “Living your Life with Health Problems

  1. Facing up to what life brings can be very powerful. Once you accept what is (you don’t have to like it, mind :-)) you can start to think about how you would like it to be. And also, I’d just add that thee are ways to deal with on-going health issues (depression, pain, tiredness…) that mean they have less impact on your life. But I’m sure you know that, and have found those ways that work for you.

  2. Great post Wendy. I am dealing with hearing loss and I was an office manager. No I am researching jobs that do not require phone work or working in noisy offices. I have two blogs however I am not receiving income from them. As I follow your blog and website it gives me inspiration to do the same. Thank you for this article. It gives me hope.

    • I am so glad. Your comment made my day. It makes me feel great that I have given you a boost to your own day. Have a great weekend. 🙂

  3. That such sage advice my friend. It way to easy to succumb to our difficulties and use as an excuse to stop living. This is a great reminder not to let that happen. 🙂

  4. Great post, Wendy. I have Multiple Sclerosis and when I was diagnosed I thought that meant the end of having any kind of a satisfying life.I was wrong. After diagnosis I ended up in my dream job (a reporter), took a vacation to England, and moved out into the world as a newly-single woman again. Later, forced to retire early because of my health, I’m still happy because now I have a blog and I can write all day if I want about a subject I love. Positive attitude is the key to most everything.

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