Everyday, I get to witness peers, patients and family members, in our VHL Canada community, and elsewhere, "bounce back" and "take things in stride". Most of the time, it may "just" be online and telephone contact, but it's still serious and inspiring to me.
This APA (American Psychological Association) article* also says:
Research has shown that resilience is ordinary, not extraordinary. People commonly demonstrate resilience. One example is the response of many Americans to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and individuals' efforts to rebuild their lives.
A combination of factors contributes to resilience. Many studies show that the primary factor in resilience is having caring and supportive relationships within and outside the family. Relationships that create love and trust, provide role models and offer encouragement and reassurance help bolster a person's resilience.
Several additional factors are associated with resilience, including:
*The Road to Resilience
also Resilience: Build skills to endure hardship (Mayo Clinic)