When adversity hits us or someone close to us, it is human to say “Why me?”.
In 1987 when famed Mouseketeer Annette Funicello, who died recently, found out that she had multiple sclerosis she saw the illness as a calling to help raise money to fight the disease. She raised millions through her fame and misfortune by establishing the Annette Funicello Fund for Neurological Diseases.
But it doesn’t take starting a fund to work through adversity.
Women with breast cancer often volunteer their services to help others affected by the disease. I know of one woman who for years made wigs for breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Disease, accidents and misfortune are not on our wish list for sure but often adopting a “can-do” attitude about fighting back not only helps the patient but those around them as well.
It gives life a more defined meaning and a healthy perspective when dealing with misfortune.
“Cancer didn’t bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet.” ~ Michael Douglas
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