51 powerful quotes for those living with Chronic Illness

Positive sayings or quotes, I feel,  have the power to help us through some of the hardest of times. The beautiful arrangement of words provides us with a glimpse towards the possible, a hope for the future and inspiration for the moment. Powerful stuff.

So here, 51 powerful quotes for those living with Chronic Illness…Which ones your favorite??

The Quotes:

1) “She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She walked with the universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings.” – Ariana Dancu

2) “Behind every chronic illness is just a person trying to find their way in the world. We want to find love and be loved and be happy just like you. We want to be successful and do something that matters. We’re just dealing with unwanted limitations in our hero’s journey.” – Glenn Schweitzer

3) “Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip Toe if you must, but take a step.” – Naeem Callaway

4) “I fight for my health every day in ways that most people don’t understand. I’m not lazy. I’m a warrior!” – unknown

5) “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher


6) “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.” – Thomas Edison

7) “You wake up every morning to fight the same demons that left you so tired the night before, and that, my love, is bravery.” – unknown

8) “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think” – A. A. Milne

9) “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie

10) “When the unthinkable happens, the lighthouse is hope. Once we choose hope, everything is possible.” – Christopher Reeve

11) “You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions.” – Steve Case

12) “Regret for the things we have done will be tempered by time. It is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.” – Sydney J. Harris

13) “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to just try one more time.” – Thomas Edison

14) “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson

15) “Normality is a paved road. It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

16) “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” – Vince Lombardi

17) “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work; you don’t give up.” – Anne Lamott

18) “You can’t calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.” – Timber Hawkeye

19) “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

20) “You are strong when you know your weaknesses. You are beautiful when you appreciate your flaws. You are wise when you learn from your mistakes.” – unknown


21) “You either get bitter or you get better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you.” – Josh Shipp

22) “The truth is we’re all a little bit broken. We must learn to love the broken pieces of ourselves – be gentle and empathetic with ourselves, and others.” – Karen Salmansohn

23) “It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority.” – Mandy Hale

24) “Live to inspire, and one day people will say, because of you, I didn’t give up” – unknown

25) Hope doesn’t require a massive chain where heavy links of logic hold it together. A thin wire will do…just strong enough to get us through the night until the winds die down. – Charles R. Swindoll

26) “Nothing is more beautiful than a real smile that has struggled through tears.” – unknown

27) “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

28) “So this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” – Stephen Chbosky

29) “I often say now I don’t have any choice whether or not I have Parkinson’s, but surrounding that non-choice is a million other choices that I can make.” – Michael J. Fox

30) “If opening your eyes, or getting out of bed, or holding a spoon, or combing your hair is the daunting Mount Everest you climb today, that is okay.” – Carmen Ambrosio

31) “Resting is not laziness, it’s medicine!” – Glenn Schweitzer

32) “Don’t forget you’re human. It’s okay to have a meltdown, just don’t unpack and live there. Cry it out and then refocus on where you are headed.” – unknown

33) Some days are better, some days are worse. Look for the blessing instead of the curse. Be positive, stay strong, and get enough rest. You can’t do it all, but you can do your best. – Doe Zantamata

34) “I can’t tell you when, but I can promise you it will get better, it will get easier, and it will all be worthwhile. Just promise me you won’t ever give up.” – unknown

35) “The strongest people I’ve met have not been given an easier life. They’ve learned to create strength and happiness from dark places.” – Kristen Butler

36) “Maybe life isn’t about avoiding the bruises. Maybe it’s about collecting the scars to prove that we showed up for it.” – Hannah Brencher

37) “Please be patient with me. Sometimes when I’m quiet, it’s because I need to figure myself out. It’s not because I don’t want to talk. Sometimes there are no words for my thoughts.” – Kamla Bolaños

38) “Those you love will go through hard times. Don’t give up on them. Patience + Caring + Empathy = Love.” – unknown

39) “We are stronger in the places we have been broken.” – Ernest Hemingway

40) “Sometimes you will be in control of your illness and other times you’ll sink into despair, and that’s OK! Freak out, forgive yourself, and try again tomorrow.” – Kelly Hemingway

41) “I don’t want my pain and struggle to make me a victim. I want my battle to make me someone else’s hero.” – unknown

42) “At any given moment, you have the power to say this is not how my story is going to end.” – unknown

43) “Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.” – Iain S. Thomas

44) “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill

45) “What would the hero of your life’s movie do right now? Do that!” – Joe Rogan

46) “Maybe it’s not always about trying to fix something that is broken. Maybe it’s about starting over and creating something better.” – unknown

47) “Do not believe the things you tell yourself when you’re sad and alone.” – unknown

48) “The reason why people give up so fast is because they tend to look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have gotten.” – unknown

49) “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

50) “Never let the things you cannot do prevent you from doing the things you can. ” – Coach John Wooden

51) “If you stumble, make it part of the dance.” – unknown

 

Source: GLENN

Please like + share with others

The obvious way may not be the only way

 

When I came across the video below, it truly touched me.

When I was first diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis (and awhile before my actual diagnosis), weakness got in the way of so many things I wanted to do. Holding up my arms and using my hands to successfully put a bit of makeup on, brush my teeth or put my hair up into a ponytail was not easily doable – along with other daily life tasks such as walking any distance or chewing my food well. I felt like my weakness had unexpectedly taken so many things away from me that I unknowingly took for granted most of my life prior to the onset of symptoms.

Sitting here now looking back at that time, little did I know, my weakness didn’t take anything away from me at all…it actually forced me into taking a close look at myself, my health and overall lifestyle and to go about things in all aspects of my life differently.

 
 

Over the years I was encouraged, by my stubbornness and internal strength, to adapt and to do things differently. I realized that if I wanted to continue enjoying the little and big things life has to offer, I needed to understand that the obvious route might not be for me (and that is not only ok but it’s both a blessing and a lesson wrapped into one). It’s ok to do things differently, to do things in whatever way works best for you.




 

So, as Jordan Bone wisely states in this video, “If something is standing in your way, maybe it means trying a different way, explore your options. The obvious route might not always be for you” and I couldn’t agree more. 

Such wise words from an incredibly beautiful soul, inside and out.

Check out her YouTube Channel | Jordan’s Beautiful Life

 

Please like + share with others

How to stop screwing yourself over

ted talk - mel robbins
Someone very close and encouraging in my life sent me this video. Of course, with everything else going on throughout my days, I brushed it aside and said I would get to it later.
Well, after being reminded numerous times, last night It was finally insisted upon me that I sit and watch it. So, I did. And now I am eagerly sharing it with you because, well, it was totally and completely worth my time. 
I hope you watch this too and lovingly share it with the ones close to you in your life. We could all use a bit of this; a simple yet powerful little reminder.
We’re here together. We are all working towards and getting healthy together. You are not alone in this. However, it is your job and your job alone to push yourself yourself take the first step.
So make today great and make tomorrow even better.
 

If you are in need of some more motivational goodness in your life, I encourage you to check out more of her work at www.melrobbins.com


Please like + share with others

7 simple tips to balance the mind and body

 

Mind + Body

Balancing your mind and body will take time. It’s a healing journey that involves a great deal of self-care.  The mind and body are very connected. Below are some things that helped me to get started. I continue to use these daily in order to keep myself balanced and on the right track on my journey through life. I hope these ideas give you a starting point with the ultimate goal in mind…creating health and happiness for yourself.



7 simple tips to balance your mind and body

 

1. Pay attention to your diet and learn how to improve it

2. Learn about meditation and mindfulness (how to do it and what it even is in the first place)

3. Incorporate body work like stretching, yoga, massage and foam rolling

4. Get outside into nature and into the sunshine (which gives our body much needed vitamin D)

5. Learn to relax. It is so important for the health of your mind and body

6. Talk it out. It’s a great thing to have a counselor, therapist, meet up , support group or caring friend who can listen if you need. Plus, you’d be surprised what people will teach you when you’re open to learn

7. Smile and laugh! Laughter feeds the soul and a smile brings out the joy living inside of us all. Watch a funny movie, video or get ahold of a friend who makes you laugh. If you don’t currently have a funny friend, now is the  best time to make one!

 

Please like + share with others

Take a chance today

chancesTake a chance today.

The time is now. 

This is your life, right here, right now. The present moment is all that we have and all that we will ever have.

The past is in the past and the future is not here yet. So be present.

Enjoy this very moment and live life the best that you can!

Whatever it may be, get out of your comfort zone and try something new. You’ll never really know how awesome and powerful you are until you give yourself a chance and try. 

This is your life. Live it and enjoy every present moment.

 

Please like + share with others