I’m a realist, a pragmatist, an optimist and a pessimist, depending on a given situation. Different circumstances call for different attitudes and views on life.
When it comes to my condition, at 53, I’m quite realistic about the chances of a cure – pretty minimal. Yet, the pragmatist in me tells me that, though in severe and constant pain, life’s still there to be lived and enjoyed.
At times I’m optimistic about my condition, in that if I look after myself properly; eat a balanced diet; and, do some exercise. This may arrest the speed of decline in my condition. Conversely, when the pain is in ascendancy my pessimistic nature kicks in; and, I wonder to myself how long I can endure this sort of life.