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

For many of us, when we hear or see the word “chronic” in front of pain, it often feels like this dagger has been thrust into our heart or a fist has been plunged into our gut. The moment that word enters the picture, it seems like hope vacates the premises, leaving us in this vast pit of darkness and despair.

For many of us, what “chronic” really means is “no cure”.

We often times forget how powerful words can be. For instance, when someone mentions the word “pain”, or even “I hope one day you are not in pain”, what are we going to think about?

Pain.

Now add “chronic” to the picture. What are you going to think now?

This pain will be with me for the rest of my life. NO CURE.

I want to take a moment and bring back my favorite quote from G.K. Chesterton,

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

My friends, what we are fighting is indeed a dragon, no doubt about it.

And this dragon CAN be killed!

There is a cure out there, a special sword, or whichever weapon you prefer, for whatever your dragon is. You have to tell yourself, “NO! I don’t care if it has a ‘chronic’ in front of it, I am not going to give up searching for a cure so that I can get back to life!”

As Thomas Edison said,

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

There is a lighthouse out there for you, fellow warriors! You do not have to stay out in the murky waters for the rest of your days. You can get to the shore and get your life back!

Stay strong and keep fighting!