From February’s Writing Prompts, February 25, 2016
Those with chronic illnesses have an unfair fight. It’s a fight that is dealt with daily, even hourly. We didn’t ask for it, and we didn’t get a choice. We fight.
The fight to keep yourself alive, with all of the frustrations and set-backs. The fight to live well in spite of it, as you do your best to stay as healthy as you can. The fight for happiness and well-being, as you fight the many emotions of success and failures. All of this before whatever else life brings to the table.
As hard as it can be, we have to stick to the fight. There are no other options.
Don’t think of the person stuffing their face with a candy bar as self-indulgent. That could be someone who is in a desperate fight. It is survival.
And if we fall, don’t give us sympathy; but a little help or support would be great as we try to pick ourselves back up. It really is our own fight to endure, after all.
The fight is exhausting, but we keep on to avoid getting knocked out.
Don’t give up…keep up the fight.
“It’s hard to fight when the fight ain’t fair.” ~Taylor Swift
“Stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit.” ~Edgar A. Guest
“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” ~Audre Lorde