Six Steps to Build your Self-Esteem and Confidence

Believe In You!

Believe In You!

Six Steps to Build your Self Esteem and Confidence

Many of us are struggling, and many of us are facing challenges. They may be physical, mental or emotional. Maybe you have suffered some kind of loss in your life, your health, a job or maybe friendships. This can have an impact on your self-esteem and confidence which you need in order to heal, improve and enjoy a better quality of life. Confidence and self-esteem make a tremendous difference in your life and the lives of those around you. I have provided some tips that I have found to be helpful to me on building self-esteem and confidence while you are struggling, and I would like to share them with you. [Read more…]

Surviving Chronic Illness Through Commitment


Surviving Chronic Illness Through Commitment

In my latest post, I shared the importance of having hope when surviving chronic illness. You can read about that here. The seventh quality that is crucial when surviving chronic illness is commitment. Staying committed to your loved ones is a critical component when dealing and healing through chronic illnesses. You need to be committed to stick out the fight for recovery with your loved ones. Commitment helps families get through the toughest of times. [Read more…]

Surviving Chronic Illness Through Hope

Surviving Chronic Illness Through Hope

In a previous blog entry, I discussed the meaning of acceptance. If you’re interested you can learn more about surviving chronic illness through acceptance here. The sixth quality one must consider when surviving chronic illness is hope. If you are left with nothing else, you must then hold on to hope. While I still lingered in my darkest days, I held firmly to hope. It is what kept me moving forward. Maintaining your hopes and dreams during times of trials and tribulations is a vital part of conquering them.
What does hope mean to the person that is living with a chronic illness? [Read more…]

Surviving Chronic Illness Through Acceptance


Alanna Wong writes about surviving trauma through acceptance.

Surviving Chronic Illness Through Acceptance

Today I am continuing my series on the seven qualities needed to survive chronic illness and overcome struggle. The first quality I wrote about is resilience, the second is strength, courage is the third, the fourth is love which brings us to the fifth quality, acceptance.

The fifth quality that a person needs when surviving chronic illness is acceptance from the people around them. Acceptance is extremely important when surviving chronic illness and overcoming a struggle. I never really knew the importance of acceptance until I personally experienced going through a traumatic experience. When you go through a tough time you begin to learn who accepts you and who doesn’t. Learn to appreciate and acknowledge the people who do not judge you in a negative way. Ask yourself, “Am I acknowledging and respecting that person’s kind treatment?” Or am I trying to find acceptance in people who are not able to give me the acceptance that I need.  Keep the ones who accept you close to you. If someone doesn’t accept you during your hardship, it may be time to move on.

So what does acceptance mean?  Acceptance is welcoming. It is letting go of your disappointments. It is seeing the positive. Acceptance is loving the person in the state that they are in and not trying to change or fix them. Acceptance is not blaming. It is not demanding. Acceptance is understanding. Acceptance is inclusion. Acceptance is love. Acceptance is what every person needs especially when going through a traumatic experience. Acceptance is checking in with the person that is struggling. Acceptance is sharing a moment in life together. Acceptance is being kind. Acceptance is having time. Acceptance is approval. Acceptance is sticking around.

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you did enjoy it, please share it with your friends and leave a comment below! I love hearing from you!

All the best,

Alanna Wong

p.s. If you haven’t read the introductory section of my book about my 13 year battle with Kleine-Levin Syndrome, you can read it here: 


Surviving trauma through love

Surviving trauma through love

Surviving chronic ilness through love: The fourth quality you need when living with a chronic illness  is love. Without love there would be no healing. This brings me to the question; what is love? Because of having lived with a rare neurological condition for the past 15 years, my definition of love has expanded. Love used to be a warm fuzzy feeling. It used to be happiness. It used to be acceptance. It used to be joy. It used to be laughter. But today it means that and a whole lot more. Love means time. It means giving of your time not for a few minutes or for a few hours but for days, weeks months and years. It means being there for your loved one when they are at their lowest point in life. It means wiping their tears and soothing their pain. It means knowing who your loved one truly is even when no one else does. It means quitting your job to take care of your loved one. It means going to work to take care of your loved one. It means being an advocate for your loved one when he/she isn’t able to advocate for themselves. Love means not giving up on your loved one. [Read more…]



I want to share with you a third quality that is very important to have when surviving chronic illness-Courage. Surviving chronic illness through courage is a quality that has gotten me through the toughest of times! Everyone possesses courage. Courage can be developed through adversity. I’ve always said it’s not what you go through that makes you the person you are, it’s how you react to the situation that you’re dealt with that makes you the person you are! Courage and Strength go hand in hand. You can read about the quality of strength here in my previous post. [Read more…]



I have pondered the question, what are the qualities one needs while living with a chronic illness. There are seven qualities that I can think of that have helped me to overcome the struggles I face. One of the qualities, resilience, I have posted about previously. You can read it here. Today I want to share another one of those qualities, strength. [Read more…]

When Going Through Challenges, You Can Learn Positive Lessons!

When Going Through Challenges You Can Learn Positive Lessons!

It’s important to see your challenges as lessons you can learn and grow from. Instead of looking at your life challenge as a negative begin to look for the positives in it. As hard as it may be to do that, you will grow leaps and bounds and you will begin to have an empowered belief that you will overcome your life struggle! [Read more…]



If you’re struggling with any kind of challenge, be it physical, mental or emotional; or if you’ve recently suffered a loss of some kind, you can certainly benefit from building your own support system. Many environments offer support systems; however, if you find yourself without a job or out of school because of what you’ve been going through, finding the support you need is a challenge in itself. Nevertheless, in order to improve, heal, or enjoy a better quality of life, a solid support system is a must.

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What is Empathy?

What is Empathy?

As stated in, Empathy is: “Identification with and understanding of another’s situation, feelings, and motives.” Being empathetic towards others is so critical especially when they are going through a hardship. Being able to see through another person’s perspective and understand what the person is going through is a gift. When we are able to do that, we can see how they feel. Putting yourself in another’s situation is a conscious decision people can learn to do. [Read more…]

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