I have found that being open is helpful; it allows for clarity in what is going on in my life and thinking and behaviors. It allows my friends to feel free to ask questions or the comfort of not doing so as well. I leave it up to the other person, letting them know I’m open to discussing whatever they might like to discuss, whenever. I am also very careful to not let my life’s diseases become the heart and whole of the relationship and our conversations. Allowing this facet of my life to become central could be deadly, I feel, to a healthy relationship. I find this very important to monitor! Because there is much more to friendships than just these new aspects of my life.
A View From Within, Thaddeus Raushi, p 90
It is a gift to have a friend who accepts you without judgment and without any expectations in return.
A View From Within, Thaddeus Raushi, p 91
I learned early on in journalism that if you don’t tell your story, someone else will tell it for you. That wouldn’t have been right here.
On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's, Greg O'Brien and Lisa Genova