Michael J. Fox, who has Parkinson’s Disease, was interviewed recently by the AARP Magazine. He described six rules for surviving adversity, including exercise, pacing, acceptance, honesty, optimism, and humor.
- EXERCISE Especially if you have Parkinson’s disease. “We’ve learned it will prolong your ability to operate positively in the world.
- PACING “It helps me think – the physical motion creates intellectual motion.”
- ACCEPTANCE “It isn’t resignation, and it freed me to actively deal with and endeavor to change my situation. I like to say, ‘My happiness goes in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.”
- HONESTY Don’t remain silent or ashamed about illness. Once Fox went public with his condition, he says, ”it was empowering to have people understand what I was going through – I immediately felt better.”
- OPTIMISM “I hate when people say, ‘You’re giving them false hope.’ To me, hope is informed optimism.”
- HUMOR “I laugh at [my involuntary movement and the scenes they create]. There are times when I love these things.