I have been seeing a therapist for the past year. Why? Back in December of 2009 I had a panic attack. It was a frightening experience both physically and emotionaly. I was told that I was suffering from anxiety. It was during this time frame I was diagnosed with Parkinson's. At my next therapy session I told my therapist about the diagnosis. I wondered if maybe the anxiety was somehow connected to Parkinson's. The therapist jotted down a note, set her pen down and asked me if I ever heard the term radical acceptance. Sort of.
When a person comes back from war missing an arm or leg they have a choice: Become angry, bitter and withdrawn and depressed over The Curse that has been inflicted or become a person who accepts what has happened to them in order to adapt the best they can to their new life. That is radical acceptance
The same goes with the diagnosis of Parkinson's. Initially a diagnosis of PD can be pretty alarming. After all, Parkinson's isn't what I'd call a cheerful diagnosis. After feeling healthy for most of my life it was like slap in the face. I remember feeling betrayed. Once a newly diagnosed person gets beyond denial and fear they should strive to accept the way the cards have been dealt and try to make the best of life. Every day IS a challenge but having the right frame of mind is very important for our well being. Radical acceptance is the first step to getting on with your life. Be brave.