Finding That Conquering Spirit

Finding That Conquering Spirit
In each of us is an innate desire to survive, even to thrive. A healthy mind drives us through internal and external conquests. Driven by innateness, some humans feel called to accomplish impossible feats. Think of the everyday people who got up one morning and decided that one day, they’d climb Mt. Everest. And they did. Imagine: Nearly 6,000 people have scaled Everest, which peaks at 29,029 feet. A climber from Nepal even successfully made the arduous journey 24 times. Swimming the English Channel is a bit more difficult than stroking laps in the neighborhood pool, but more than 1,800 swimmers have made it across the 21-mile body of water. American swimmer Sarah Thomas swam it a record-setting four times nonstop, according to NPR. It took her 54 hours and who knows how many kicks and strokes. She just kept swimming. Thomas dedicated the swim to cancer survivors, as she’d just completed treatment for breast cancer the year before. In a Facebook post, Thomas wrote something that could easily be applied to anyone battling Alzheimer’s disease. Insert "dementia" or "Alzheimer’s" for the word "cancer" in her statement and it's equally powerful. “This is for those of us who have prayed for our lives, who have wondered with despair about what comes next, and have battled through pain and fear to overcome," she wrote. "This is for those of you just starting your cancer journey and for those of you who are thriving with cancer kicked firmly into the past, and for everyone in between." There are rivers to cross and mountains to climb. Caregiving through Alzheimer’s disease is a grueling journey that will take you and your loved one to physical, mental, and spiritual depths of which you didn’t believe yourself capable. You’ve “wondered with desp
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