Learn how to hold on to hope even when faced with the challenges of a chronic illness
Ever since I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia in 2007, I have wondered what keeps people hopeful in order to successfully cope with and overcome challenges that illness brings. It is fascinating how some people can bounce back quicker than others when it comes to personal challenges, illness, and other tragedies.
On the surface, it would seem that some of us are just more resilient, but if you dig deeper, you find that is not the case. What these experts of resilience have is hope—for better days, for overcoming setbacks, and for dealing with uncertainty. But hope isn’t naturally felt, it is something we learn through choice and experience.
What is Hope?
Everyone has the ability to feel hopeful, bounce back from setbacks, and become stronger as a result. Unfortunately, too many do not know what hope actually means and what to look for when being hopeful.