How do you see yourself?
Are you a victim of your illnesses or are you a survivor?
What’s the difference?
As defined by dictionairy.com
1. person who suffers from an injurious action or event
2. person who is cheated
1. to remain alive
2. to live through
At times I feel victimized by my illnesses, however I don’t see myself as a victim. Does that make sense?
I refuse to think that a victim is WHO or what I am. My illnesses are ones that I live with, however they are not who I am. The word victim sounds so final and hopeless. "Victim" paints an image in my mind of being robbed of everything and left with nothing. That is not me, I am not a victim.
I am a survivor. There are things in my life that cannot be taken away from me, as long as I’m alive and being true to myself and those in my life. My life has changed drastically over the years, in order for me to live the best life I can. I have felt "robbed" many times throughout this journey, and that is when I have to remind myself that the things I’ve had to put aside or give up altogether do not define who I am.
I am still the woman who loves with all my heart, laughs to the tip of my toes, and cries until my tears run out when I am sad.
In my eyes, being a survivor is waking up each morning and finding a way to get through each day, to the best of you ability. Being a survivor is maintaining your hope and faith despite your obstacles. It is being your true self, and not giving up because life is tough. It is embracing those around you who may not understand from their own experiences what you are going through, but are still walking by your side because of the person you are, and that is the person they love.
I would love to hear your thoughts!
If you are reading this, I want to take this opportunity to tell you that regardless of how you see yourself, I see you as a survivor!
~ Gentle Hugs
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