A month ago I visited Dr. Robert Hylland, a Rheumatology Specialist from Muskegon. I went to see Dr. Hylland just to make sure all of my medical bases were covered and hoping he would find something else wrong with me instead of ALS.
Dr. Hylland walked into the examine room where Mark, Kelly and I were waiting and said, “I looked over your records from U of M and Johns Hopkins and I’m sorry about your ALS diagnosis.” He then asked me, “How are you doing mentally with the news?” At that moment he was more concerned about my mental attitude than my physical state. He suggested I read a book called, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle. Dr. Hylland said, “The minute you go to your past and think about the things you are no longer able to do, it may make you sad. Also, the minute you go to your future and think of what lies ahead, can be devastating. If you stay in the now and enjoy each moment as it comes, you have the potential to live with great joy.”
Mark and I have been reading Tolle’s book and it helps. We are trying to stay in the now and enjoy each moment. We are still very sad at times and I still cry a lot but staying in the moment is good for us and we are living with joy most days. Eckhart Tolle said, “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the now the primary focus of your life.”