Overcoming Life’s Toughest Challenges

Soania Mathur shares how she has overcome the challenges of and found the lessons in disease.

I was 27 years old, at the start of my medical career and expecting my first child, when the neurologist confirmed what the first clinician had suspected – the tremor I had been experiencing over the preceding year was Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there is no cure.

The diagnosis was made and my dance with denial, fear, anger and secrecy began, one that lasted almost a decade. Thoughts of disability and helplessness eventually turned to hope and optimism but the transformation was a painful and difficult process.

My story, however, is not unique. Each of us is challenged in some way, be it in our health, our finances, our occupations or our interpersonal relationships. I would like to share with you what my particular journey has taught me.

When a stressful life issue arises, “Why me?” is a natural yet futile question. After all, why not you or me? We are never challenged with more than we can bear.

There are life lessons in every circumstance, joyous or otherwise. Whether it seems fair or not, obstacles present themselves for a reason and our life journeys play out exactly as they should. Without the experiences and introspection that these difficulties bring, we cannot evolve.

Recognize that within you lies great inner power — your ability to choose your reaction to any given set of circumstances. How you face the challenges that come your way is truly yours to determine. And in that moment of choice is your true strength, to determine your life experience, which moves you from a position of helplessness to one of empowerment. By recognizing this truth, any obstacle will not defeat you as you may initially believe but instead may be the very element that causes you to thrive….Continue reading on InspireMeToday.com.

Soania is a physician, speaker, patient advocate and founder of Hippylicious Inc.

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Lynn C.
Lynn C.2 years ago


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Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Christine W.
Christine W.2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Carolanne Powell
Carolanne Powell2 years ago

Life is full of both Joy & pain. Try & focus on all the good things that have happened & have yet to happen.

Lin M
Lin M2 years ago

Nice story to learn from.

Susan W.
Susan White2 years ago

You're welcome and thank you, Liliana. I just want people to know about EDS because awareness is needed in order to improve diagnosis and treatment. There is much more to say about it than I can fit in a comment. I appreciated Gail's article so much because I know how it is to live with a difficult disorder/disease. Signs of EDS that were missed by many doctors (and myself) are: blue sclera (a blue tint to the whites of the eyes, can vary in degree), joint hypermobility (double jointed) a high palate, TMJ, crowded teeth, soft smooth skin. skin that scars and/or bruises easily, a knee that would pop out frequently and drop me to the floor, joint instability, early osteoarthritis, gastrointestinal issues, fibromyalgia (a study of fibro patients resulted in 50 percent of those particular patients actually having EDS.) There are more possible symptoms but I don't have room for them all. Not everyone will have all of the symptoms or to the same degree of severity. Some geneticists have the ability to diagnose EDS but not all doctors are familiar with it. There are two EDS conferences coming up. If anyone needs that info, I will be happy to give it. hugs to all who need one.

Malgorzata Zmuda
Malgorzata Zmuda2 years ago

Dzięki za artykuł.

Natalie S.
Natalie S.2 years ago

Thanks for sharing this inspiring article. I hope to be able to put into practice the attitude the author has shared with us.