Walk in the light of your fearlessness. May 12th is Awareness Day for CS/ME and Fibromyalgia. These illnesses diminish the lives of those surviving them each day. Many are left bedridden, housebound or in isolation. I’ve met many such survivors, each brave beyond words.
Many times we feel disconnected from everyone due to chronic illness. We can’t always express how or what we feel to others. This leaves us frustrated and alone in a room filled with people. We reach deep inside to see a part of us that many people never need to find. We hold on tight to places in our mind where many people never need to go. Survival is a daily task. Peace, at many times, can be a strange to us.
As I think of those surviving chronic illness, I am reminded of how brave you are. You are not your illness. You are a mighty sword of a warrior going to battle each day for your life. You’re not your harmful thoughts, for they are imposed onto your mind. Yet, as a mighty sword, you are greater than those awful thoughts that enter the mind and effect your body and life. Together we stand, far apart we fall. We each give to the other the strength to move forward even when we would rather lay down and quit.
You show your strength and courage with each breath you take, every obstacle you overcome, each time you learn new ways to cope. You are fearless, even in your pain, for you move ever forward, despite it all.
All of your adversity has rebuilt you, mind, body and spirit. Allow the reality of this truth to wash over you. You are heroes of an unique kind, taking a journey down a very winding road. With uncertainty around every curve, you rise to the occasion with grace. Walk in the light of your fearlessness, for you are the description of courage.

Clarissa Shepherd