What if you weren’t told?

Your mind plays games with you all the time. I was imagining what it must be like getting ALS, or any ‘life-limiting’ condition, where people don’t know it is a life limiting condition.

In cases where there is no conventional cure for a life limiting condition, is it better not to tell people that they have such a condition? There may be fear of the unknown, but is that better or worse than fear of what, you are told, happens to most people?

For how much time does the mind put you in a place of fear? That fear of the future does not help you today. Instead I overcome that fear through trust and faith, as discussed in a previous blog, but the effort is significant.

Perhaps the advances in knowledge have not always been to our benefit.

Andrew Knowlman

I am a 50-year old father of two children, married to Jane. I live in Hertfordshire, UK. I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in April 2015.

2 thoughts to “What if you weren’t told?”

  1. Andrew, are you making the point that “ignorance is bliss” and the less one might know about an illness the better, because you worry less about it and that might help in the mind? Have I lost your train of thought ? . (not the smartest cookie)
    And. Can you explore a bit more your views on trust.
    If someone asked me what was the most important quality in a person it was always “integrity” because that covered everything in my view. But I am open to views that “Trust” might be a stronger power.

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