Top 10 Quotes for Chronic Illness

My last week has consisted of Doctor Who binge watching (the newer series starting with the 9th doctor). I only owned season 1 so have now seen it three times and I think I might be becoming addicted. Season 2 arrived today so I shall now start watching that. I missed out watching it all first time round as I grew up for the most part in a TV-less house and somehow it passed me by so I’m making up for it now!

I really like that with Doctor Who- no matter how bleak something may seem there is always a spark of hope remaining. Good ultimately overcomes evil, however it points out that sometimes this must come at a cost. There is also integrity and a case of doing the right thing too as well of course as complete escapism- I mean you can’t get further away then a different planet in a different time period! This however inspired me for this blog post. Which is basically things that inspire me!

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I am a collector of quotes. I have a notebook where I copy down any I like and my walls are dotted with post-it notes with my favourites. These have taken on a bit of a new role since I’ve become sick. I like having ones up that remind me that things aren’t all bad, that there is good in everything but yet also don’t point out that everything has to be good all the time. Being ill I’m learning (or trying to) that it is ok for things to sometimes be far from fine and that that is simply part of the process of being human. So here is a list of 10 quotes I’m currently finding most helpful.

The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist; it is by the ideal that we live. Victor Hugo

I like this one because it points out that it is fine to still have ambitions, imagination and dreams and not have to just focus on being sick and the present. In fact it is sometimes these things that get you through.

Everyday you either see a scar or courage, where you dwell will define your struggle. Dodinsky

This quote I feel is really important. It would be very easy to become a ‘victim’ of your illness and just to focus on that, it can be quite hard not to. Often I find myself thinking that because I’m ill I don’t have as much value as a human, I can’t contribute and I just take up space, resources and people’s time without being able to give anything back. This helps me to think that it is a decision to become a victim of becoming unwell and feel sorry for myself and instead I need to focus on what I am learning from this experience and what I can still try and do.

It takes a lot of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory and still to love her

This is very similar to the last quote but instead more outward looking. I can look at how awful every situation is or realise how lucky I am to still see certain things or to have certain experiences. At the risk of sounding extremely cliched I do think I’ve become better at appreciating the smaller things these past few months.

It is no bad thing to be lost in a fog or at sea. When land comes into view again you will appreciate it with a keenest that is denied to those who know only the shore. Heidi Thomas.

I heard this on a TV programme a few months back when I had just started becoming unwell and really had no idea what was going on. It resonated, I had to rewind the programme and copy this out. I know there is a high chance I’ll never get better, but even on days I can do a bit more I appreicate being able to go out in the garden or visit someone even more. Everything has taken on a completly different value now.

A secret to happiness is letting every situation be what it is instead of what you think it should be.

I am very bad at this and am trying to work on it. Comparing yourself in the present to where you think you should be or where other people are is just setting yourself up to be miserable. I am finding the only thing I can do is ask myself if I made that particuarl day the best it could be in the circumstances and even if the answer is hindsight is no, there is no point being annoyed about it, only change it next time.

Once in a while, amidst all the bad days, you’ll have a good day. A great day eve. Make sure you remember those days. Keep them safely in the pocket of your coat or in a jar on your desk because you need to know that there are and will be better days. You need to remember how on those days you feel all warm inside, like you’ve just drunk a hot cup of tea. Hold on to the warmth and never let it go.

I love this one! Not sure how much it counts as a quote exactly but I found it, copied it out and have stuck it on an empty jam jar. I now fill the jame jar with folded pieces of coloured paper with anything that went well, of details of a day where I felt a bit better or anything that made me happy. Then on bad days when I feel I can’t continue with life like this, I can look at the jar and remember it is not always like it and that those moments are worth living for.

When you get stranded, the way to start moving again is not to search for an answer but to find a new question to which your life can be the answer.

I feel this needs little explanation but a better way of trying to understand purpose in life and moving forwards instead of focusing on the ‘what ifs’.

I believe in the sun even when it is not shining
I believe in love even when I cannot feel it
I believe in God even when He is silent.
Written on a cell in Germany during the Holocaust

I think this is one of the most powerful quotes there is.

We may lose or we may win but we will never be here again One Republic

This quote is from a One Republic song and has followed me throughout life since I was 18. Living in Uganda, a house mate was a huge One Republic fan and we had this up on the wall. It helped to get through culture shock, homesickness and appreciate living abroad. I have since copied it out and put it up wherever I have lived since and it always reminds me to make the most of each moment, take opportunities as I can and remember as well that the bad moments don’t last. I think it is a good quote for life.

If you have any quotes feel free to comment with them below! 🙂


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