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?Hope is the expectation that full healing will ultimately take place. Hope is the belief that there is a light shining at the end of the dim tunnel. Hope is the faith that you will be able to enjoy the life that you surely deserve. Hope is the trust that you will have the ability to experience all of the joys and pleasures that this life has to offer you. Hope is the confidence that somewhere in all of the difficulties of your suffering, the greatest opportunities are ready to be discovered. Hope is the assurance that sorrows will be mended. Hope is the promise of a renewed happiness in your life. Hope is the encouragement that a deeper meaning can be found in all of your sufferings. Hope is the trust that all human life will be valued at its core. Hope is the belief that ambitions and desires do come true. Hope offers dreams, and the dreamers are offered life. Having hope will soon heal the soul.
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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: http://alannawonglife.com/real-life-sleeping-beauty/