Strong Women I Know
A couple of years ago, my sister-in-law was diagnosed with Myelodysplasia, more commonly known as bone marrow cancer. Unfortunately for the Big C, he’s messing with the wrong woman. She’s survived many hospitalizations, blood transfusions, infections, chemotherapy treatments and continued to work 40 hours a week! Soon, she will be having a bone marrow transplant, and plans to beat this thing.
I have a friend who has survived homelessness. She also became her husband’s 24/7 caretaker after he suffered from a life-changing work accident, while she continued to raise their two children.
My sister has suffered from painful rheumatoid arthritis since she was a teenager. Her first husband left her for another woman, leaving her with two young kids. She became her second husband’s caretaker when he suffered from a stroke several years ago. At the age of 70, she also has medical problems of her own, yet still manages to live a full life.
What do these women have in common?
They’re resilient. They’re survivors. Not reality show survivors, but Real Life Survivors. I admire these women for their strength, their courage, and their ability to make it through the tough stuff.
Resilient people bounce back, like tennis balls. They learn and get strong from struggle, rather than letting struggle drag them down. Their attitude is to work through setbacks, rather than going through the old “life ain’t fair” routine. They look at life changes as an opportunity to grow.
Want to become more resilient? Take a look at these articles for some tips:
- 10 Ways to Build Resilience (My two favorites on this list are #2: “Avoid Seeing Crises as Insurmountable Problems.” and #8: “Keep things in perspective.” )
- A Personal Strategy for Engaging and Building Your Resilience
Who are the strong people in your life? I’d love to hear about them.Tweet