Over the years I’ve learnt to focus on being positive as much as possible, and I’ve discovered that when you live with a more positive attitude you become a happier person.
Recently I saw a fantastic TV series focusing on how to be happy. There was one point where they focused on how happiness and health go hand in hand, and it got me thinking “what if you haven’t got good health?” What if you’re living with a disability or chronic illness? Most of these life coaching programmes and books focus on people who can go to the gym and exercise etc. So, what if you can’t? Like myself, many people live with illness and disability, but does that mean we’re unhappy? ‘No!’
Many people have commented on my positive outlook over the years, despite having to deal with so many personal battles. To be honest it hasn’t always been easy to stay positive, but over the years I’ve discovered various ways to cope and I’m going to share these strategies with you throughout this book.
As I write this, I’m almost 46 years old. I’ve dealt with poor health for most of my life, finally being diagnosed with Ehler Danlos syndrome (and many of its linked conditions) in 2016. I’ve never let it stop me though, always believing there are ways to get around the difficulties, you just have to look for them.
I’ve followed my dreams, having been a professional singer, a mother, a childminder and now a writer…oh and I’ve been a carer for the last 16 years too, although I hadn’t envisaged that happening; seeing as my husband was never ill until I.I.H. started.
I’ve battled with depression and won and it’s fair to say that I’ve been the glue holding my family together through the bad times with my husband’s I.I.H and also through my son’s battle with addiction and mental health issues.
As you go through this book, I’ll share my experiences with you, so you can see that it’s not been an easy journey, but I’ve come out the other end happy!
If I’d had a book like this along the way, it probably wouldn’t have taken me so long to get there, which is why I’m writing this, in the hope that it’ll help someone else out there.
If you’d like to check it out for yourself, here’s the link. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/VictoriaLewin
Testimonial By Naomi Pearson
I met Victoria through Gabby Bernstein’s Miracle Membership, we were both looking for a spiritual running buddy to help motivate and keep our spiritual practices on track. I was instantly drawn to Victoria, who like me, is living life with the unpredictability of having a chronic illness yet she has such a positive outlook on life. After reading her book, Happiness, not only does Victoria’s strength shine through but the message that love, spirit and hope can carry you through the dark times in life. Even if you are not a spiritual person there are so many useful tips, inspiring poems and real life examples of how you can be happy no matter what life throws at you. For those who live with a disability or chronic illness, I highly recommend reading this book. Victoria is someone who is living with complex chronic illness’ and disability; her understanding of how this affects us mind, body and spirit and how we can work with our condition to live well struck a chord with me so deep I actually cried! Here is someone who truly understands the struggle and still manages to move forward in life. Victoria is truly an inspiration in living a life of self love and positivity.