Hello! Today I’m featuring a guest post from a friend who knows what it means to persist. I am in awe of Ellie—so I give you her reflections and her story. Of persistence.
#Nevertheless. She Persisted.
A woman forlornly shopped for produce at the grocery store. She had a look I recognized, even without knowing a thing about her. Things were getting to her, but she was trying hard to stay strong. Women’s intuition, I guess. We just know things. I asked her if she was ok. She said yes and continued randomly dropping cucumbers in her basket. I kept up with my own shopping. Moments later she was sobbing and had dropped her basket. The manager was there comforting her. It was nice to see in what can be a cold world. She wasn’t ok, but nevertheless, she persisted.
My neighbor has stage 4 breast cancer. She’s only 42. Cancer knows no limits, but it feels extra unfair. Her preteen children don’t appear to grasp the seriousness of it, which could possibly be a blessing. My neighbor sometimes seems fine, and other times she seems horribly sad. Nevertheless, she persists.
I have a dear friend who is the very definition of a survivor. She has survived breast cancer that was supposed to kill her. She watched her home burn to the ground. She continues to survive the loss of one of her sons every day. She’s been given plenty of reasons to lose faith, yet her faith in God remains. She’s absolutely the most rock solid Christian I’ve met. She’s faced, and is still facing, so many hard times, but nevertheless she persists.
Then there’s me. Malignant Multiple Sclerosis, Trigeminal Neuralgia, and chronic migraine are only the beginning of my list of chronic illnesses. Every day is a struggle through pain and emotions that are hard to find words to explain. But I persist. Because quitting isn’t allowed.
These women are my heroes because of more than just their obvious strength. I admire them because I see a little bit of my struggle in theirs, and it gives me such courage to know that none of us are alone. Women are amazing and fierce. Keep on persisting.
Ellie is a 45 year old woman living in South Carolina. She works as a cashier but is always dreaming of more; she’s just not sure of what more is. Her favorite hobbies are reading, writing, and yarn crafts. Her biggest hope in blogging is to help no one ever feel alone in their journeys with chronic illness, or anything else. Follow her at It’s Just Ellie.