feelings beating forgiveness

How I'm Learning to Forgive Myself for Struggling With Chronic Illness

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I sit there alone, locked in my own thoughts. Silently, I beat myself up for not being the man I think I should be. Daily, I look around, and I see myself (at least in my own mind) letting down those I love — my wife, my children, my family, my friends, even those at work.

I am battling so many feelings, and I am so mad at myself for having this disease. I feel so guilty for putting my family through this — has anyone else ever felt this way?

These feelings were so unexpected when I first received my diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease two years ago. As a 44-year-old man, this is not something I was expecting to deal with and was definitely not in my life’s plan.

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