When Lucille was in her late teens she was struck with a mystery illness that caused so much pain that she could not walk. It kept her bedridden for two years. Many people believe it was a form of arthritis that flared up occasionally in her life and stopped her from working. The 1960 Broadway musical Wildcat she was in ended its run early when Lucille became too ill to continue.
Lucille is not remembered for her illness... she will always be remembered for her comedy and her bright and bubbly outlook on life. I have collected here a few things she is known to have said that I find inspirational especially when living with chronic illness as she did.
Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
Knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do.
It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.
I believe that we're as happy in life as we make up our minds to be.
One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself
I want you please not to be taken up in the undertow of pessimism.
Whether we're prepared or not, life has a habit of thrusting situations upon us.
|Lucille Ball in I love Lucy|
|Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance in I love Lucy|