Thursday, August 30, 2012

It's a Process

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The AARDA put up this link to an interesting Venus Williams story yesterday:

Venus Williams Moves Past Denial to Deal With Disease
By Rob Gloster on August 29, 2012

.......“I didn’t even understand what I was going through last year,” she said. “So it takes a while before you can kind of see yourself as someone with flaws and chips in the armor. Now that I have come to accept it, it helps me a lot in how I need to prepare for my matches, the mindset I need to come into it.”.......

Even tennis superstars have to go through the same hard work in dealing with a life-altering disease, don't they? Denial -- then acceptance. Kicking and screaming the whole way. At least, I did more than my share of kicking and screaming. As my body succumbed to the effects of autoimmune disease, I felt as though my life had been stolen from me and I wanted to fight and scratch for every last bit of the "old" me back.

Venus phrased an acceptance of the changes that her body had undergone quite well, I think, by imagining herself with a few flaws and chips in her armor.

How true. But I think my armor has gaping holes.

Good luck in the U.S. Open, Venus! Go get 'em.

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