by Elias Marat
from TheMindUnleashed Website
war and depression
strengthens the spirit.
Even with the coronavirus,
we're seeing survivors
in their 80s, 90s,
and even in their 100s...
And guess what?
At the ripe age of 102, she heard tales of how her uncle and father contracted the deadly flu pandemic only to survive, just in time to face the Great Depression.
And that, too, she survived...
on her 102nd birthday in 2019
Photo by Jane Pickle
And when she was finally supposed to get married in 1942, the attack on Pearl Harbor happened.
Her fiancé Floyd enlisted in the Navy to join the fight, putting her marriage on hold. But a few years later, Floyd returned home after being honorably discharged - and the two finally got married and started a family.
Ellson isn't the only living proof that living through war and depression can strengthen the spirit.
While a disproportionate amount of those lives lost to the pandemic have been elderly, many octogenarians, nonagenarians, and centennials have also survived the disease.
Her good fortune was celebrated and shared with the world by no less a figure than Pope Francis himself.
In Italy a 95-year-old granny
is Coronavirus's first healed patient.
Alma Clara Corsini lives
has won this battle for life to give us hope.
Since then, another Italian grandmother, this time 104 years old, has also beaten back coronavirus...
Ada Zanusso, who was living in a nursing home in Northern Italy, had developed a high fever and shortness of breath before she tested positive for the virus.
But the centenarian was able to recover with no loss of her intelligence or lucidity, according to medical staff.
Another recent example comes from the U.K., where 99-year-old Carrie Pollock recovered after a long stay in the hospital following a coronavirus infection.
Pollock, who once worked in the British Special Branch, was admitted to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth after experiencing hallucinations and suspected pneumonia.
However, she has since recovered and returned back to her home, but not before inspiring the hospital staff who rescued her.
Karen Clark, a senior sister at Queen Alexandra Hospital, said:
Peggy's granddaughter Jess Keeley told Portsmouth News:
Rita Reynolds, a grandmother from Liverpool, also survived at 99, coming in for a tie with Pollock for the honor of being one of the oldest British survivors of the virus.
And then there's Cornelia Ras, a 107-year-old Dutch woman whose recent birthday celebration on March 17 was followed the next by the symptoms of COVID-19.
Against all expectations, Ras was able to beat back the illness and is currently "perfectly healthy."
We're not medical experts, but we're hopeful that something about these strong women, mothers, and grandmothers enabled them to bounce back from this pandemic.
And we have no doubt that their past experiences in worrying times helped them through this ordeal.
For Ellson, the math is easy:
Ellson also has a simple lesson for those who are anxious about the current pandemic.
She told Washington Post: