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How People With Chronic Illness 'Stay Strong' (and It's Not Because 'We Have to')

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As a person with a few chronic illnesses, I have often been asked the same questions — questions I am sure most with chronic illness have been asked. “How do you do it?

How do you stay strong after all you have been through?” There is a saying, “I am strong because I have no other choice.” Up until recently, I loved this saying, I had it as my phone background for the longest time, even.

Then, a few months ago, I met a new friend, we get along great and I love her so much, but she is blessed with a healthy life. (Thankfully!!) This, as many of you know, however, leaves open the door for those lovely questions, to which I responded with my usual, “I have no other choice.” A few days went by and for some reason, I kept replaying this

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