Skip to main content

Don't Give Up

Last time I shared my recent experience of a day where I felt like giving up but eventually found healing.  I know I'm not alone in feeling this way.  Sometimes the challenges we face coping with chronic illness can be downright overwhelming.  We all experience those moments of weakness where we give way to the groundswell of emotions arising from our illness or other forms of adversity.  It can be so difficult to stay focused on hope, mindfulness and healing well.  One of my Twitter friends posted recently: "The enemy is not pain. The enemy is despair."  That is so true.  But there is hope.  So this is for my friends who may feel like giving up.....

Don't give up
Cause you have friends,
Don't give up
You're not the only one,
Don't give up
No reason to be ashamed,
Don't give up
You still have us,
Don't give up now
Were proud of who you are,
Don't give up
You know it's never been easy,
Don't give up
Cause I believe there's a place,
There's a place where we belong

~ Peter Gabriel

The original song.

I love this version.  A live and joyful reinterpretation of the original.

Below are some sites I visit daily and rely on for my small doses of hope and inspiration.

Popular posts from this blog

The Healing Power of Mindfulness

A little over a year ago I had an awakening.  I realized I had the power to calm and heal my mind, even if I couldn't control what was happening to my body.  I've talked about this before in different ways including  recognizing sources of healing around us, how mindfulness helped me heal, and mindfulness and mobile apps.  Mindfulness is a set of skills for healing, intuition, insight, calmness, focus, resilience and hope that you can develop to counter the stresses that chronic illness brings.  As Dr. Berkelhammer put it, you can literally "train your mind to promote healing".

10 Steps For Healing Well With Chronic Illness

Living and coping with chronic illness can be difficult. It often requires stressful changes to your life and the lives of family members closest to you. Fortunately, there are a few tried and true steps for healing well with chronic illness that can make coping easier and your life more fulfilling.  I hope these admonitions for healing help you as much as they've helped me.

The Face of Chronic Illness: Kelly

It's difficult for healthy people to understand the challenges chronic illness brings until it gets personal.  Chronic illness can drastically alter your daily routines and chronic pain can test the will of the strongest person.  It brings with it overwhelming emotions, self defeating thoughts, crippling pain, daily heart ache, and so much more.  But words don't translate into understanding until you put a face to it.  I'd like to introduce you to Kelly and her blog Diary of a Sick Girl.   Kelly has opened up to the world her daily life with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, IBD, and other undiagnosed illnesses.  Her blog and video diary will at times break your heart, but will also give you a rare glimpse into what having a chronic illness really means.  By sharing her story she gives others insight, hope and understanding.  I want more people to hear her story.   So I've selected a few videos that have personally touched me and I hope they will help you too.  Kelly's …