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The Virtue I See Most in People With Chronic Illness

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Fortitude [noun]. Courage in pain or adversity. “She endured her illness with great fortitude.” Courage [noun]. The ability to do something that frightens one; bravery. “She called on all her courage to face the ordeal.” Strength in the face of pain or grief. “He fought his illness with great courage.” When I think of courage, the image that springs to mind is of a soldier on a battlefield facing a great fear and great danger, but the Oxford English dictionary paints a different picture, as seen in the definitions above.

All of us have things that frighten us, and that dictionary specifically calls out pain and illness as two examples. What first comes to mind when I think of fortitude is a big, one-time heroic act, but I can’t forget about

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