If you’re having a bad day….

If you’re having a bad day and need some perspective, take a walk to a hospital for people with serious conditions.

The hospital I visited today is next to London’s Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. It’s tough to see children in their wheelchairs; it’s challenging to look at the parents.

I spoke to a couple at the National. Cancer treatment had left the lady with neurological damage, she said. They were struggling to live on the money they  received (‘politicians have no idea’). Do you have kids? Just one now; the other died at 27. He pushed her off in the wheelchair. A mother pushed her seriously disabled daughter past me. I speak with a couple who looked like they’re in their twenties; her hand was a little weak so they came to get her checked. A man in the waiting room looks upwards all the time. I guess maybe people look at me in my powered chair hoping they never need one.

Hope, fear, joy, sadness, relief, calm. You can feel it all.

Yes, hospitals are good places to stopforamomentpeople. If you visit London take a walk to Queen’s Square (next to the National and the Children’s Hospital), enjoy the public garden and feel for 30 minutes. 

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.

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