Why are people so insistent that if a person is realistic about a diagnosis it means that they have no hope? Hope can take many forms. Just because I accept that I’m most likely going to die young doesn’t mean I don’t have hope.
I hope that I see my daughter go to her first day of kindergarten. I hope I am witness to my son reading his first book. I hope I can create a meaningful legacy for my family, friends and community. Hope doesn’t have to be that I’ll live to be an old lady. It is not losing hope to be realistic. I am not giving up because I choose to accept and face the situation I am in. Realism frees you to embrace what is. Hope can be as simple as living long enough to be remembered by your children. Hope can be about creating meaningful memories and relationships. It can be about making an impact. It can be about creating awareness and change in that awareness. It can be about quality of life not quantity of life. Let’s look at how we define hope.