Advice from Diane


Which mantras can help you live a long, happy life? I’ll share the lessons I’ve learned:


  • Being happy with myself
  • Willpower will help you find a way
  • Do what you need to succeed
  • Or don’t do it and move on



One of the biggest lessons I had to learn in life living with a chronic illness was that I had to be happy to be my best self. How can I be an inspiration to anyone if I’m not living my life to the fullest? 

I was told years ago, “If you want to be successful, then live your life as a successful person.”

This is one of the best lessons I could have been taught. Over the years I have used several mantras to encourage others while keeping my mind on what was at the end of this journey for me. Here are some of the mantras to deal with chronic pain that I have found.

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

I have been hearing this for as long as I can remember. I didn’t know what that meant years ago, but I do now. I know that if I put my mind to anything, that I can do it. When I was younger, I could try and do it all. But now, with this chronic pain, it has limited a few things in my life. 

I will never stop trying; I have so much more I want to achieve in this life.

Every morning when my feet hit the floor, my first words out of my mouth are, “Thank you.” 

I believe in a higher being and believe I am given grace. I have been through more in my life than any ten people put together. Those of us with chronic illness must take it one day at a time and face our challenges head on. Sadly, I have met so many people in my life that believe they are failures before they even get in the fight.

“Just do it or just don’t do it.”

I know this from the Nike ad. There are times I can’t make an event in Washington. Understand this has nothing to do with you. I must take care of myself. I have been a “yes” person my whole life. If I say, “no,” it’s because I can’t do what you are asking me to do. 

No, I can’t have an occasional glass of wine with you. I’m not trying to be different. I take medications that require that I don’t drink. Look deep within yourself and see what makes you happy and stick with it. 

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