Where Trouble Can Lead Us

In his article, Reasons To Be Cheerful, Dr Nick Bayles talks about research that shows that the experience of adversity can have the unlikely effect of improving peoples lives in the long haul. We see evidence of this in many of the clients and the extraordinary lives they lead. It seems that the process of overcoming adversity drives people to achieve more in their lives. Someone who quickly comes to mind is Janet Shaw.

In her book, Beyond the Red Door, Janet tells a remarkable life story. The book is full of information about retinoblastoma and contains valuable insights in dealing with the medical community. Janet shares the fears she experienced about losing her sight. She reveals the secondary consequences of dealing with retinoblastoma and describes the bullying she came up against at school.

Janet’s story is inspirational. She is a successful writer and speaker. She won two bronze medals in the last Paralympics. You can’t help but be inspired by what she has achieved in life. To read her book is to understand just what her amazing spirit has had to overcome. I recommend you check it out.

Do you think that the experience of eye loss has had a positive influence over your life? Has the overcoming of this adversity made you achieve more than you might have? I am curious to know if you agree with Dr Bayles on this point.

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3 Responses to “Where Trouble Can Lead Us”

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  1. Hey,
    I love what you’e doing!
    Don’t ever change and best of luck.

    Raymon W.

  2. Avatar for Erica Erica says:

    I have lived with retinoblastoma since the age of 2 and have lived a normal life for the past 32 years. The only trouble I had more than anything was getting my Dad to understand that not everything has to do with my eyes and having to visit doctors so much.

    • Avatar for Jenny Jenny says:

      Most children learn to live with an artificial eye quite easily and just get on with life. The group of people who do have most trouble adapting however is the parents of those children. A lot of parents feel guilty that their child has had to go through so much and the parents could not protect them from it.

      Retinoblastoma is a very nasty cancer and although treatable in its early stages, you should get an annual check up through out your life as you could possibly be more prone to other cancers.

      You should help your Dad to be a little more forgiving on himself and let him know you are an adult now and will look after yourself. He obviously cares about you and worries a lot. He could not protect you when you where little and so is still trying to protect you now.

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