Those who have suffered a serious illness have to come to terms with how important it is to stay active and productive. They will probably be slower, but that doesn’t mean that they cannot be productive and feel fulfilled. You can still cope with a serious illness and run a business, if it is relatively easy and is something you love to do.
Both my husband and I have suffered from debilitating health issues. Peter has just had a full knee replacement and has a chronic back condition that often has him confined to bed. I have had a stroke and had a life threatening brain tumour removed. We were determined to keep our businesses going as we enjoyed being productive. We build websites, run Home Based Business Australia and I am an author and an artist.
As an author, when I discovered that the stroke left me with ‘Alexia without Agraphia’ (which means that I could not read – but I could write) I suffered an enormous shock. But it did not take me long before I realised that if I could still write, I could write another book. Thus my new book titled ‘Thank God I Had a Stroke’ was written and has now been published.
It was so exciting to see the final print copy after the months of hard work. For every page I wrote, Peter had to read it back to me so that I could assess if I had said what I intended to.
The really tough part was dealing with the editing. The editor gave me lots of great ideas and tips, suggesting I move sections from one chapter to another etc. BUT I could not follow it all with Pete just reading it to me. After trying for a month, I than had a brain wave. I ran off the draft as a hard copy and spread the pages on a large table. When Pete told me which pieces she suggested be moved, I would literally cut it out and paste it to where it had to go. Pete would then read me the new page and I might decide to add another paragraph to make it flow better. It was certainly tiresome but so very rewarding!
We utilise the internet as it has such a wide reach to potential customers and is so economical when wanting to run a business. I have just completed a silk painting order to a client in Spain and my ‘Online Silk Painting Course’ has a number of artists joining from America. My husband and I constantly learn new skills to keep us up to date with the technology we want to use that will help us to build on our successful businesses. You are never too old to learn!
I have always had the philosophy of ‘what can I do for you’ rather than ‘what’s in it for me’. I now know that I can do anything I want to – I just have to figure out ‘how’. I now know that even after a serious illness I can still run my business, even if it required a few changes.
Tips and Hints
Keep in mind what it is you love about your business. Next work out what you can still do, or perhaps reintroduce another aspect for your business, and concentrate on that. Realise that you can do what you want and that you just have to figure our ‘how’. Above all, enjoy what you are doing!