Being sick is no fun. We all know that. But being chronically ill while maintaining a pleasant disposition is a daunting task even for the Greek gods. Every biological response in your body wants to lean into the creeping despair you feel. But by doing that with regularity, soon you will find as though you’ve given up entirely on life. You no know longer have the strength try to tease apart threads of joy from the suffocating blanket of pain that covers you.
Quotes are one of the ways I try to regain perspective in my persistent fight against the spirit of defeat that wants takes over when my resolve is down. Whenever I come across an inspiring quote, I write it down, so that when I have an afternoon where I can’t write or do anything productive—maybe just cry and feel sorry for myself–I can revisit my collection.
Here are some of my favorites that nudge me to choose health in the face of chronic illness.
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