“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” -Desmond Tutu 

Life can suck.

You may find yourself in situations that seem to have no way out. Sometimes, you will fall into a dark pit with no means of escape. The darkness seems endless, and all hope is lost.

For chronic pain warriors, we find ourselves in these instances all the time. With the constant pain, and on many occasions, the loneliness that comes with it, a rope tied in a noose around our neck can appear to be our only option of escape.

Is it?


There is always hope! Even if you stop looking for it, hope is a constant beacon in the darkness that never burns out, never vanishes. Hope is a lighthouse, beckoning weary sailors to the shore. Hope is a life-preserver, thrown to a desperate swimmer on the verge of drowning.

One of my favorite examples of hope is from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, when Galadriel gives Frodo the Light of Earendil, saying,

“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”

My friends, keep searching for the light! Darkness prevails only when light is absent. Never give up looking for hope. I myself have found that light and it has led me to the freedom I am now experiencing. A life without chronic pain!

There is a light at the end of the tunnel!