Be True to Yourself
Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease is not your fault. With time you need to come to accept your diagnosis and prepare yourself for the challenges that lie ahead of you. What is important is that you are not allowing your diagnosis to define the type of person you are.
I believe that one of the most important decisions you can make in your life is about the concept of self-love. That is, are you able to ‘ love and accept’ the person you are? Although I understand that everyone’s answer to this question may fluctuate at different points in your life, I found, after my recent diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease, that I was now considering a new perspective to this question. That is, are you able to ‘love and accept the person you are becoming?’ After a lot of self-reflection, I came to the realisation that self-love needs to refer to ‘who you are as a person, that is, your inner self’, and shouldn’t be misinterpreted and re-evaluated, just because changes are occurring in your physical, mental and emotional well-being.
I found the following description in a recent article that I read on this topic:
‘Loving yourself means respecting yourself, accepting your faults and the mistakes you have made and seeing yourself as being worthy of being loved by others. It also means looking after your well-being and not neglecting the things that make you feel happy and fulfilled’. (https://www.accountingweb.co.uk/community/industry-insights/loving-to-love-yourself)