A chronic illness invades life.
Life is what happens while you are waiting for a cure.
My message is peace of mind,
not curing cancer, blindness, or paraplegia …
Anyone who is willing to work at it can achieve it.
-Bernie S. Siegel
Life has handed me a portion I did not choose
and do not welcome,
but I can chose my own response.
-Sefra Kobrin Pitzele in Meditations for the Chronically Ill, May 4
The last of the human freedoms – to choose
one's attitude in any given set of circumstances …
-Victor Frank, Nazi Death Camp Survivor
I complained because I had no shoes
until I met a man who had no feet.
Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence,
and I learn, whatever state I may be in,
therein to be content.
Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it,
we can never do anything wise in this world.
Think of the beauty still left around you and be happy.
Happiness should not depend on physical wellness.
To live happily is an inward power of the soul.
They have passed from the defeat of incurable illness
to an inner tranquility that is entirely independent of any outside condition.
Beside such a triumph, all the achievements and possessions of a lifetime
pale to insignificance.
For Today, OA, Inc., Torrance, CA, 1982, page 111.
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Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority
to all that befalls him.
– Romain Gary
Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.
-Hippocrates (of the Hippocratic oath taken by doctors)
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land,
when they see nothing but sea.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence
by every experience in which you really stop
to look fear in the face.
You are able to say to yourself,
“I lived through this horror.
I can take the next thing that comes along.”
The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents
which in prosperous circumstances
would have lain dormant.
To gain that which is worth having,
it may be necessary to lose everything else.
Once you have experienced the seriousness of your loss
you will be able to experience the wonder of being alive.
There is a certain state of health
that does not allow us to understand everything;
and perhaps illness shuts us off from certain truths;
but health shuts us off just as effectively from others.
He who attempts to resist the wave is swept away,
but he who bends before it abides.
God, grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
-The Serenity Prayer