Over the last month I have had a few opportunities to reflect out loud on my journey with ALS thus far. The support for me and the broader fight for a cure for ALS has been amazing, and it fuels me every day. Below is the substance of my reflection:
I am generally an optimistic person. I believe that life is good and that the glass is perpetually half-full.
I believe that going through life as an optimistic person is nice, but it is not enough.
On this journey I have learned it is profoundly important to be hopeful
There's a difference between being optimistic and being hopeful.
Hope is a state of mind – it's resilient – and it can drive you forward
A rainy day, a lousy night's sleep, can shake your optimism
But nothing, trust me on this, nothing, can shake hope.
I am so grateful for the things that give me hope:
I am hopeful for the science
I am hopeful because of my faith and
I am hopeful because of the people around me who support me every day on this journey.
Due to a ruptured spleen, Eliza got to deliver these words at the Greenwich International Film Festival, but I made a relatively quick recovery and was able to give the commencement address at Hamden Hall – one of the great honors of my professional life.
This Monday morning, Good Morning America will air a piece on the journey our school community has taken this year. I am hoping our message can start conversations – conversations make a difference.