Those who live with terminal illnesses are sometimes called “heroic,” but the tag doesn’t always fit. I agree with Nassim Nicholas Taleb when he says, “Avoid calling heroes those who had no choice.”
People don’t choose cancer, or multiple sclerosis, or heart disease—except inadvertently via lifestyle. But they do decide daily how they will cope with their maladies. Heroes are the ones who:
- are honest about their hopes and fears
- remain sensitive to the needs of others
- stay connected to family and community
- refuse to use illness as an excuse
- maintain a sense of humor
Do you know any such heroes?
What is it you admire about them?