I’m struggling with what to write today, but I’d promised myself to write a blog once a week and this aim is already slipping by the wayside. So I thought I’d write about how an ordinary and normal life can be one that is blissful and pretty much perfect – and that we should truly appreciate every day on earth and this is why…
On Monday I listened to a radio programme on my drive home from collecting pig feed. This was no ordinary radio programme, it told a poignant and extremely powerful story – one that I urge you to listen to too.
Jackie who’s life was being probed and investigated lives with the knowledge that she may, one day, be diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease. This ‘progressive brain disorder’ had already robbed her of her mother, her uncle, her grandfather and she now cares for her brother who has it too. During the story we were invited to listen to counselling Jackie was receiving to see if she could positively cope with taking a test – one which would determine if she would succumb to the disease or not. Finally she decided she was ready to take the test, and thankfully she had a negative result for the gene.
I couldn’t possibly begin to fully fathom her fear, her hopes, her agony, or her joy – all of which you experience as the listener – but one thing she kept saying was that she has never led a normal life. All she ever wanted was to be ordinary, to live a standard, happy and healthy life. A normal life is something that I can understand and one that I feel more and more grateful for every day. We are so, so fortunate to, so far, have led a contented life. Of course this can always change but since hearing her story, and her longing for a ‘normal’ life, I promise to appreciate everyone I love, everything we do and make the very best of each and every day. This is so easy to lose when you’re caught up in the humdrum of routine, kids and work but I will try to remember this.
If you feel like life is difficult at the moment or if you’re struggling with something please listen to this – Jackie was also very keen to talk about the disease and wants people to understand it so please share this link if you can: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09ntd0k
Her incredible story will change your outlook, it will brighten the darkest of days and it will make you feel thankful for your ordinary and normal life.