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The Strength of the Human Spirit

It never fails to surprise me just how far people will go to fight for their life and their rights.

This is particularly at the front of my mind due to the revolutions in Egypt and Libya, as well as the fact that I am reading A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah.

So many bad things rock our world – war, poverty, illness – and yet so many of us will lay it all on the line in order to pick ourselves up and keep on going.

My Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS are getting to the point where it is almost unbearable every single day to simply live.  All of my symptoms seem to be taking a turn for the worse.  But I’m not the only one experiencing a severe downward spiral right now…and those who are have been handling their situation with incredible bravery and willfulness.

I just hope that I can handle my struggle with such strength.  I want people to hear our stories of survival against the odds.  We are all staging a revolution against our own body’s dysfunction, and while it may not be comparable to a massive country revolution, we are still pushing our message out to be heard.  We want a better life and an improved treatment system.

Keep fighting girls and guys…we’re stronger in numbers.

Lots of love,

Annie

This article is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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One comment

  1. Annie,

    How have you been since this post? I just stumbled across this website from Leslie’s (of getting closer to myself) this evening. I hope you’re hanging in there. Thank you for your articles. Its always comforting to be reminded that we’re not alone.

    I share your sentiment about chronic illness not being comparable to so many people’s struggles around the world (and even in our own neighbourhoods).. I don’t like comparison itself though I’ll admit that part of my coping mechanism is to see what is happening elsewhere and to count my blessings. Fear, anguish, frustration, etc are emotions that we all, as human beings, share. Whatever the cause, most of us have the capacity to feel extremely strong emotions and it seems like comparison in a sense doesn’t acknowledge that fact. While it seems to me that saying to myself that things could be so much worse, is the “right, sensible” thing to do, I’m simultaneously denying to myself that its okay to feel the way I do sometimes. To grieve. I’ve been struggling with that a long time… I am as much of an activist as I can be and both fighting for what I believe in and being around others that are doing the same, despite adversity, revitalizes me and keeps me going. Thats why I’m so happy to find you on this site. I haven’t been active online in ages and you’ve inspired me to change that, so thank you.

    Wish you the best,
    Cor

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