Don't Give Up

by Peter Waite

Don't give up when coping with chronic illness.I recently shared my experience of a day where I felt like giving up but eventually found healing. I know I'm not alone in feeling this way. Sometimes the challenges we face coping with chronic illness can be downright overwhelming. We all experience those moments of weakness where we give way to the groundswell of emotions arising from our illness or other forms of adversity. It can be so difficult to stay focused on hope, mindfulness and healing well. One of my Twitter friends posted recently: "The enemy is not pain. The enemy is despair." That is so true. But there is hope. So this is for my friends who may feel like giving up.....

Don't give up
Cause you have friends,
Don't give up
You're not the only one,
Don't give up
No reason to be ashamed,
Don't give up
You still have us,
Don't give up now
Were proud of who you are,
Don't give up
You know it's never been easy,
Don't give up
Cause I believe there's a place,
There's a place where we belong

~ Peter Gabriel

Below are some sites I visit regularly for small doses of hope and inspiration.

Peter Waite, M.S., M.A. is founder and CEO of, and holds graduate degrees from Utah State University and Brandeis University.  Founded in 1997, is the foremost support community on diseases, conditions, and chronic illness. has been featured by BBC Online, USA Today, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Associated Press, the Industry Standard, Reader's Digest,,, and USA Weekend Magazine. has also been the recipient of numerous health industry awards. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife and four children.

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