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.

What is courage? The Google definition is, “Strength in the face of pain or grief.” That’s a pretty good definition. It takes strength for a person to get back up from the pain or grief of a serious life struggle. And through that pain and suffering courage is born.

There comes a time when one realizes that even though their life circumstances are not what they had hoped for, it is a lot better to be honest about your struggle than it is to try and hide the truth of your life. There is fear in sharing the truth of your life. Fear that you will be rejected, fear that people will not accept you, and fear that they will not see who you really are.

What is courage?

Courage is being open, honest, and truthful. Courage is knowing there are really good people in the world who want to root for you and want to see you succeed. It takes courage to acknowledge your struggle and to avoid giving into fear. Courage gives life, fear takes life away. Once you open up whether it be privately to someone, in a support group, or in a way of your choosing, you are no longer alone. You will begin to feel connected again. You will begin to feel important. And you will realize that you have a gift to share with the world. It is through suffering we search for the meaning of our lives. Begin your search today with courage.

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: 


  1. This is a very interesting post. i learn a lot, thanks a million for sharing.

  2. Wonderful uplifting post! It made me think of this quote: “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.”
    – Ambrose Redmoon

  3. Judy Garey says:

    Alanna, thank you for sharing this beautiful post! You are so courageous and you inspire me. 🙂

  4. Jodi says:

    Having survived homelessness and joblessness 2x in the last ten years while at the same time dealing with an abusive relationship, severe clinical obesity, depression and suicidal tendencies I can attest to the fact that you have to be courageous to get through it. I am proud to say I am one of the strongest and most fearless women, or people in general, that I know! 🙂 Great post! Sharing it for sure!

  5. It took me a long time to be able to overcome the stigma of having a disability and being able to LEARN from it. I live by the quote, ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Great post!

  6. Beautiful! Loved every word. I’ve been told that I have a lot of courage and strength, but I have never really taken the time to dig deeper into the characteristics. I would say that I too, am incredibly strong, while allowing myself the freedom to be vulnerable. Thanks for writing this!

  7. Terri says:

    This is so inspiring and I love that you’re blessing others with your story! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Carrie says:

    This is so very true!

    I am a very positive and encouraging person. Having courage is what gets me through these long hard stressful days.

    Thanks for sharing this inspirational story!

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