“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” -G. K. Chesterton

As a chronic pain warriors, it is easy for us to see our pain as a fearsome dragon that looms over us, spewing its scorching flames all across our lives and leaving nothing untouched by its fire. There are more days of defeat than there are of victories against this beast. It seems simple enough to just cut our losses and give into its will.

However, as William McKinley stated, “It is the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest.”

We are warriors!

We have been bruised and broken, shattered to pieces. We have been tossed about by the waves of life and thrown against the rocks. Yet, we are stronger for it!

F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”

I know there can be many other stressors that only add to the immensity of this dragon, from marital issues, to stress in the home, at school, or even work. These can easily make your pain insurmountable.

But, as Winston Churchill bluntly put it, “Never, never, never give up.”

This is a war that we cannot afford to lose!

I know that this is all easier said than done and I am in no way asking you to do the impossible.

It is only impossible if you choose it to be.

Keep fighting and never give up!

I leave with one final quote by Jack Ma, who said,

“Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.”