There is currently an advert on the T.V (I can’t remember which one it is, it looks like a Christmas one) that has a line in it that I love, ‘Take the good with the bad’. This is so true, everyone goes through good and bad experiences in life, and at the end of the day, it is up to them what they choose to take from that experience.
Dystonia is not what I would call a good experience, to be rather honest it sucks and I would rather not have it, however this does not mean that I won’t take something positive from the experience. For example, because of Dystonia I did a charity run and raised £715 for the Dystonia society. Instead of focusing on all the negatives that Dystonia causes, I make myself think about the positives, such as I managed to wrap all the Christmas presents I had brought one-handed and they looked better than normal, I even wrote my Christmas cards with my left hand!
I understand that sometimes it can be hard to focus on the positives when you are in the midst of a bad time. However I think that forcing yourself to focus on the positives is the best thing you can do, it gives you a distraction from the negative. There is no point in sitting around wallowing, when you can be thinking of the positives; such as your personal achievements, and trying to figure out how you can make something good out of the experience.
Having Dystonia means that no day will be the same as any other. Some days may be a good day and others are not so good. This is a fact I have readily accepted. However what I was not prepared for was the spasms that would give everyone around me a shock yet provide amusement simultaneously.
The other day I went to put a knife away and all of a sudden the little dystonia alien decided to act up. Before anyone could help me, the spasm had caused the knife to be flung out of hand, clattering on the ground at the other side of the room. This incident could be one to fear, knife throwing after all is rather dangerous, however all of us could not help ourselves, we all burst into laughter. It was such a random and sudden incident that was shocking yet amusing. Then the next day when my body decided to spasm I sent a plastic cup full of juice flying across the room, making a mess of myself and the floor, but again none of us could help ourselves we had to laugh.
The way I see it is that you have to very clear cut options with dystonia, you can either be angry and become reclusive and isolate yourself so as to avoid potentially embarrassing situations or you can accept that this is what your body is doing, accept the fact you will have good and bad days, yet be able to laugh at the situation, find the positive side to life. After all it is widely known that laughter is the best medicine.