Unless you have bad times, you can’t appreciate the good times.

Hey, how are ya?!

I hate to complain, and I really try not to, but Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA) stinks. Truly, it’s not always easy to deal with while keeping a positive mindset. In response, sometimes I cannot help but to show my frustration. Like many people have the tendency to do, I sometimes show my emotions poorly.

FA has progressively affected many things in my life, most notably the day-to-day. Within the past few years: I can feel my body getting substantially weaker, my commute to anywhere always seems like it’s more of a struggle, and the time it takes me to get ready in the morning is roughly 30 to 40 minutes longer. During those times I often fall out of my chair, lose my balance, drop something, and have difficulty getting dressed or putting my shoes on. As you can tell, the complaints can go on and on.

I then tell myself to shut up

When in those negative moods, my advice is just to know that you’re only bringing others down when you complain. Everyone has their own issues and they don’t need to hear and react to yours. So, stop being negative and cheer up! Focus on the good things that are going on, instead of the bad.

I have a great family and group of friends. I get to attend a great graduate school in the best city evaaahhh. I get to live in a great area with my childhood best-friend. If I need a favor or help with something, I have countless people in my life that will help me immediately. Things could be much worse.

We all have to take the good with the bad.

Many of us take for granted the good things that we have going on in our lives, and focus on the negatives. Whenever you are acting out, “shut up,” (or you could say something nicer to yourself, but you know what I mean). Be appreciative of the life you have and that you are able to wake up every morning. Even though times can be tough, always keep going.

One Love,



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So true Joey...had one of those weeks..your blogged helped❤️

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Carol Vancil


Thank-you for 'carrying-on'... You have a mission... you are gifting to we who read your words and ponder your thoughts.
Warm Thoughts...

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Joey just shut up!

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Great Family Photo, Joey! Loved the blog, ~ Chris

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No one likes a negative person. Thank you for the wake up message.

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