“If” – MHAM Blog Challenge: Day 19

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photo credit: porschelinn via photopin cc

Today’s Prompt: “If”- by Rudyard Kipling

“If you can …,” said the father, “[remain confident, optimistic and industrious; all the while fighting, with integrity, to the end] … you’ll be a Man, my son!”

The qualities needed by this young man, and every individual that heeds the wisdom in these words, are imperative for any who are chronically ill.

We need:
Confidence to combat our low self esteem.
Optimism to dream while fighting hopelessness and depression.
Industriousness to create new opportunities and new ways to live, eat and enjoy a meaningful and happy life.
And integrity, so that along the way we maintain our moral and ethical standards – never resorting to the wisdom of unscrupulous ones; treatments that we would otherwise consider unsavoury or behaviour that would make caring for us a burden.

If we can muster up the courage to do all the aforementioned, then we’ll be SURVIVORS, my friends!

– Skylar

For more information on this blog challenge (hosted by the American Headache & Migraine Association (AHMA)), and/or to participate see more at: MHAM Blog Challenge 2014 .

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