Where do you find the strength?

Some chronic sufferers hate to hear the words, “But you manage so well, I couldn’t do what you do!” but those are words I love to hear from people. I love to hear those words because most of the time I don’t feel like I am managing very well, so when someone thinks I am managing well, it makes me feel better. We’re are suckers for things that make us feel better, right?

There have been times when I have thought that I did not have the strength to go on and to keep fighting the fight. I wanted to just lay down in bed and stay there, but I have always managed to be strong enough to keep on and keep fighting. As I wondered where I found that kind of strength, I knew much of it came from my faith, but I also remembered the stories of some of my family. My mother for example, nearly died at age 23 when she found out she had Type 1 Diabetes. Her doctors told her she would never have children, and her life expectancy was questionable. Here she is now, she has four children, and is 59 years old and healthier than most other people her age. She didn’t give up or give in, and neither will I.  I am lucky to have such a mother. My parents always taught me, if you want something bad enough, anything is possible, and it is!

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