Don't give up! Don't see this as your 'fate'! Everyone dies and in all sorts of ways but we do have some control over our SVD and our attitudes while living it. I have a very advanced stage white matter disease and yet I still function. I still run my business and I do it well. I work out, play golf, teach American Sign Language and much more. I am learning to play the Ukulele and and joined a Uke group that meets on the beach. It's so much fun! I am also learning Spanish from a Spanish teacher and I formed a little group for that too.
What I'm saying is, life is what you make it. If we give up then the rest of our lives are truly ruined. What if I do only have a few years to live? What if that is true? I'll tell you that I want to live that life to it's fullest! I want to love every single day that I wake up STILL NANCY. I can't see very well anymore but I can see well enough. Can't read the print in your favorite book? Get a Kindle and enlarge the print. Jump the hurdles your brain throws in front of you….don't just stop and stare at them.
My Dad had dementia and I spent a lot of time in a nursing home with him. Most of the people there were really not there anymore. I gotta tell you they were all pretty happy! I would stop at the Dollar Store and pick up little stuffed animals or other silly things and give them out to the patients. It was as if it was Christmas Day! This is not about me here, it's about them. They were not unhappy!!! I don't see this as so bad. My Dad was happy until the day he died. Sometimes he knew me and sometimes he did not. We had ques that would seem to wake up a part of him like Indian wrestling. I would prop my elbow on a table and he was right there to fight me and he could still beat me too. I also would lean my forehead into his and he could look out of those hooded eyes at me and I could see that he knew me for that moment in time.
SVD diagnosis is scary however one of my friends was just diagnosed with terminal cancer, another has Non Hodgkins Lymphoma and she is having chemo that makes her so very sick she can barely get out of bed. My Mother In Law died from that and it is a painful death! I saw a small child with brain cancer this morning…. So if your asking, WHY ME? My personal answer is WHY NOT?
There is joy in life. Don't give it up just over a diagnosis. They don't know enough about it to tell you 'how long you've got'. I met a man in my neuro office that was diagnosed with very severe SVD 15 years ago and is he's STILL BOB. He had hope, he did not give up.
Refuse to give up! Go to the gym! Live!