Perhaps I would better title this “The Onion,” but given my frequent travels between Maine and Minnesota and the time of year, I think “The Snowball” feels more appropriate.
Have you or someone you know had an inordinately difficult time recovering from a minor illness or injury and you wonder why? On the other hand, do you know someone who has bounced back from a more significant physical problem in seemingly no time, or with relatively less trouble? I have, and it makes me wonder what drives these differences. Is it simply their constitution, nature or genes, or are there other factors at work?
Compare this to the experience of a good friend of mine – let’s call her Amanda. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer several years ago. A way bigger deal than my eye surgery… Fortunately, it was caught early so treatment consisted of radiation and surgery but still entailed some time away from work. As she dealt with treatment and recovery, I was really impressed to see how she kept a positive attitude and focused on recovery. She didn’t let cancer get her down the way it potentially could have.Of course she had her share of dark days, but overall she remained optimistic and positive.