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I LOST THE FIGHT TODAY, BUT TOMORROW I’LL BE STRONG (I HOPE)

I LOST THE FIGHT TODAY, BUT TOMORROW I’LL BE STRONG (I HOPE)

 

 

Chronic Illness doesn’t give us a choice in how we are going to feel each morning.  All we can hope for is that what the day holds for us, isn’t too bad. Will we have a winning day or will we have lost the fight that day?  

Every day is a surprise for us because we don’t know if we are going to feel well enough to get some things done. Or, if we are going to be dragging ourselves from one ‘blanket-wrapped-for-comfort’ spot to another all day.

 

LOST THE FIGHT

 

Last week, I had a day where I lost the fight.  The Fibro fog was so bad that I forgot my daughter’s name, couldn’t put a sentence together to save my life, and a couple of times forgot what I was doing as I was doing it.  

When I have a day like that I just keep telling myself, that I’ll be strong tomorrow, or I will get that done tomorrow, or the tomorrow after that, or the tomorrow after that.

The never-ending “Insecurity” of not knowing what your day is going to be like is every chronically ill person’s daily question.  If we do this, how much energy is it going to cost us and how long will we be laid up?

Being chronically ill means that every day you wake up with a hopeful heart. You hope that today will be better than yesterday. Everyday has variety, good times or bad times.  And good times don’t mean pain-free, they just mean they’re a little better than bad days.

I HOPE

I LOST THE FIGHT TODAY, BUT TOMORROW I'LL BE STRONG (I HOPE)
HOPE – from I Lost the Fight Today, but I’ll be Strong Tomorrow (I Hope)

The title of this post includes the words I HOPE.  That is because for me anyway, HOPE is the thing that I have to hold on to.  I hope every day that I will not fall down the stairs and break something (it’s worked so far, lol).  

Every day I hope that the Fibro fog will not make me forget everything and everybody that day (it works some days).  Hope is the backbone of the chronic warrior, we have to rely on it to get us through the tough times.  

What keeps us working for as long as we can and as hard as we do, HOPE.  Hope keeps us getting out of bed in the morning even if it takes us two hours.  Hope keeps our fighting spirit alive.  

But, hope is not just the prerogative of the chronically ill; NO, it is required by everyone every day.

Hope is what gives us ambition and drive, Hope keeps us looking for something better and working to get it. Our societies depend on Hope, we have hope that the future will be better for our kids than it is for us.  

Hope is what keeps us growing and challenging ourselves.  It keeps scientists and engineers doing what they do to make things better and faster and stronger.

It keeps teachers teaching and doctors helping the sick because they hope that something better will come from what they do.

In a world without Hope, what would be the point in striving for anything, if there was nothing better that we could achieve, why would we work so hard? Why would we keep pushing the limits of science and medicine and learning and knowledge if there was no hope.

Hope keeps us reaching for the stars, whether we are chronically ill or not.  The one thing I am sure of is that Hope is what keeps the generations moving forward.

 

I’LL BE STRONG

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I’LL BE STRONG – from I Lost the Fight Today, but I’ll be Strong Tomorrow (I Hope)

 

The title also includes “I’LL BE STRONG” because people in the Chronic Illness World have no choice in this either.

It takes strength of purpose and strength of mind to keep pushing ourselves to get up, get going, and get on with our days.

As above, Strength is also required by society, it is the companion to Hope.  It takes Strength to keep our hopes alive.  Strength of Mind to not let the craziness of everyday life steal our Hope.  Strength of Purpose to take our hopes and turn them into dreams come true.

I think though that of all of the strengths, the Strength of Heart is perhaps the strongest thing next to Hope.  Strength of heart keeps us on the right track to advancing our society, it keeps us on the straightaway of acceptance for all.  

The most important part of Strength of Heart is to keep us believing and vulnerable.  Without belief, there is no advancement in thought or practice.  If there is no vulnerability, there is no love, because only through being vulnerable can we truly empathize enough to feel love.

 

THE FIGHT

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THE FIGHT IS THERE EVERY DAY. – from I Lost the Fight Today, but I’ll be Strong Tomorrow (I Hope)

 

The third part of the title that I wanted to address today is The Fight.  The Fight is what chronically ill people have to do every single day of their lives.  They have to fight to keep going.  Fight to be present. They have to fight to stay part of society.

Most days it would be so easy to give up The Fight, to just let the illness that keeps knocking us down, Win.  But, we are warriors, we are fighters. We are soldiers in a fight to keep us living up to our potential.  To keep us from being so far removed from society that we forget to have hope and strength, or we forget to believe and be vulnerable.

The Fight is the third piece of the puzzle for society, in a perfect world there would be no need for The Fight, how boring would that be?

In this world, The Fight gives purpose and meaning to our lives. It gives us Hope, it gives us Strength, it gives us the reason to keep getting up.  Without The Fight, life would stagnate, everything would stay the same, no new incentives, or products, or anything to look forward to.

The Fight is the life blood of our world, it is the tool needed to have Hope and Strength.  It is bred into all of us, it is what keeps us alive. It is what keeps us trying to be better tomorrow than we were today. The Fight is what gives us vision, it is what gives us art, it is what makes us, us.

 

WHAT ARE WE LEFT WITH?

 

Hope, Strength, and The Fight are really the three pillars of life.   Without one of them, the other two don’t work.  

Chronically ill people see that this is true every time they have to move, think, or speak.  We have no choice but to see how they all work hand in hand.

The rest of the world has to try a little harder to see how they all fit together, or maybe not because we have innovators like Elon Musk and Nobel Prize winners of all disciplines working hard in their fields.

 There are businessmen and women who have visions for the future.  We have politicians that believe in the sanctity of life that strive to make the world a better place.

Everyday men and women that know that every step they take is for the betterment of themselves and others.

There are others out there that will never understand the concepts and ideas of my post today.  Mostly because all they know is Fear, Hopelessness and Weakness, they have lost their ability to believe that the World can be a place for them.  How my heart hurts for them, all I can do is wish them Peace.

For the rest of us, the chronically ill and those that are not, let’s stand up and cheer that we know what Hope, Strength and The Fight are.  

THEY ARE US.

 

THINGS I LOVE, USE, OR MAKE

 

I love to cook and bake, I love to see new things appear under my hands.  It’s also why I love to DIY and paint and draw and work in the garden.  Making things appear from different things has always fascinated me.

This week I have been concentrating on getting Ground Beef Recipes, not necessarily cooking them but really looking for different and easy ways to cook ground beef or ground turkey, or ground meat period.

I have found some really interesting things, some for summer, some for colder months, and all of them from all over.  I started thinking maybe others would like to see these too, so I have a list of 10 dishes and the links to their websites so you can go check them out.

If I had wanted to provide all the recipes for you I would have had to ask a whole lot of people for permission to use their recipes, this way you can go yourself and print whatever ones you like.

 

  1. Stuffed Pepper Soup                                 www.cookingclassy.com

 

  1. Korean Beef Bowl                                     www.damndelicious.net

 

  1.  Best Italian Wedding Soup                     www.goodinthesimple.com

 

  1.  Salisbury Steak Meatballs                       www.jocooks.com

    With gravy & Mashed potatoes

 

  1.  Italian Ground Beef                                  http://www.tasteandtellblog.com

    Casserole with Biscuit Topping

 

  1.  Porcupines in a Skillet                             http://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com

 

  1.  BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger                       http://www.thereciperebel.com

    Nachos

 

  1.  Easy Homemade Hamburger                 http://www.thereciperebel.com

    Helper

 

  1.  Sweet & Sour Meatballs                          http://www.countryliving.com

 

  1. Glazed Bacon and Cheese                        http://www.countryliving.com

     Burgers

 

I hope you try one or two or even them all.  I am going to be adding them to my meal plan over the next few weeks.

BBQ BACON CHEESEBURGER NACHOS FROM THE RECIPE REBEL
BBQ BACON CHEESEBURGER NACHOS FROM THE RECIPE REBEL – from I Lost the Fight Today, but I’ll be Strong Tomorrow (I Hope)

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Positive Quote: Never trust your fears, they don’t know your strength. www.HealthyPlace.com

As usual, this quote comes from Pinterest.  It seemed appropriate to me because it speaks about the strength hidden in all of us.

Just remember FEAR LIES, it takes our willingness to take chances.  It prevents us from taking that next step.

Believe in your hidden strengths, you will be amazed at how very strong they are.

FAMILY LIFE

 

THE GREAT DACHSHUND CHASE

THE TWO WEE DARLINGS (SAID SARCASTICALLY)
THE TWO WEE DARLINGS (Said Sarcastically). Willie is on the right and Bailey is on the left.

A couple of weeks ago, I had an interesting morning.  I had gone out to deadhead my flowers and as I had gone out my Dachie Willie slipped out of the door.  He took off running as the garage door opened ( I had already pushed the button before I realised that he was out.)

I yelled for him but he ignored me as usual, in case you don’t know, Dachie’s are very stubborn dogs, they only listen when it suits them.  They are much like cats in that way.  Independent thinkers and stubborn in the extreme.

I went back in the house to get the leash and his harness, hoping that I would be able to lure him close enough that I could slip it on him. I wasn’t really paying attention and out slipped Bailey; much as her brother had she took to her heels and ran.

Sighing, I realised that there was no way I was going to catch them until they let me.  I grabbed both harnesses and leashes and headed out to see if I could at least keep them close so they wouldn’t run out and onto the street.

Directly across the roadway from our townhouse is a little park that is part of the complex. It has swings and a slide and a picnic table so that parents can bring their kids down to play.  It is mostly unused now as the kids have all grown too big to be interested in it.

PLAYGROUND AREA ACROSS FROM MY HOME
PLAYGROUND AREA ACROSS FROM MY HOME – WHERE WILLIE AND BAILEY WENT FOR THE GREAT DACHSHUND CHASE

Both my dogs had headed into the playground area, because we went there often to let them just run (with leashes attached, but not held in our hands) and sniff their way around the grounds.

When I stepped through the gate Bailey was sitting there waiting for me, as if to say, “What took you so long?”  I reached down to grab her, lost my balance and had to make a grab for the fence to steady myself.  Of course, she took off running to join her brother who was across the other side of the playground area.

LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE LAUGHING AT ME

When I looked over at them after getting my balance back, I could swear they were laughing at me.  Both of them just stood there looking at me with their tongues hanging out of their mouth’s and what looked like a great big smile on both their faces.

I’m guessing at this point that you are probably asking “Why didn’t I go and get someone to help me?”  The reason is that this was the middle of the morning and everyone around was working, except for my son who was off at physiotherapy.

So, there I am, solo, trying to get those wee monsters to come to me.  Luckily the sun was shining or I probably would have killed them both (just kidding) once I caught them.

THE FUN OF CHASING THEM DOWN 

I sat down at the picnic table and Bailey decided she would have some fun with Mum so she jumped up on my knees and looked at me, I grabbed her and managed to get her leash and harness on.

I then tied the end of the leash around the leg of the picnic table so she couldn’t go far.

Willie, though, was having no part in it, he stayed back away from me far enough that neither my arms or my cane could reach him.

I must have looked so silly, trying to catch his speedy little butt by stumbling and swaying my way around the grass area, and he looking like a black streak in the grass.  

So this went on for some time until Willie, getting bored, I suppose, decided to head out onto the roadway from the other side of the open area.

 I had to go back, untie Bailey from the picnic table and then proceed to try to catch up with the (choose any bad word name here).

RUNNING OUT OF STEAM

I came out onto the roadway and he was just standing there waiting for me.  I thought maybe he’s had enough and started towards him.  But no, the rotten little sod decided to take off again.

Willie took off and went around the corner back towards our house.  I dragged my butt around the corner, trying to keep Bailey in check because as soon as he had taken off so did she.     

Bailey, however,  came to a dead stop at the end of the leash and started barking.  

By this point, my legs are shaking so badly, I’m not making very good time towards that little so and so, it’s taking everything I have just to keep my legs moving.  

Just then, my neighbour who works nights came around the other corner and started towards us.

I yelled “grab him when he comes to say hello” because Willie is a very social dog and has to say Hi to anyone he meets.   So she is standing there waiting for him to get to her.  I am trying to hurry so she doesn’t have to try to hold him for too long if she does manage to catch him.  

Bailey is barking at the top of her lungs. My friend’s dog is growling because he doesn’t like Willie. And, my friend is standing there in anticipation of Willie running up and jumping on her as he usually does.

So, she is standing there waiting for him to get to her and I am trying to hurry so she doesn’t have to try to hold him for too long if she does manage to catch him.

 Bailey is barking at the top of her lungs. My friend’s dog is growling because he doesn’t like Willie. And, my friend is standing there in anticipation of Willie running up and jumping on her as he usually does.

CATCHING THE LITTLE BEGGAR

Willie gets to within about three feet of her and then proceeds to dance around her, not jumping up as he usually does, and now I’m thinking that the little monster isn’t going to come within touching distance of anyone.  

Then, I get within leash range of my friend’s dog and he and Bailey (who he likes) jump around and play.

Willie being the jealous sort decides that he doesn’t like it and tries to get in between, at which time, my friend grabs him and hangs on.

I put the harness on and quickly attach the leash.  No more adventures for them that day.

So ends the great Dachshund chase.  I know it may not seem like such a great undertaking to you, but I was on my feet for over an hour trying to catch the little darlings.  By the time we got home, I couldn’t move for the rest of the day.

NOT GOING TO DO A RECIPE TODAY

As I have included recipes in the THINGS I LOVE section, I’m not going to give another recipe here as I would usually do.  Make sure you try out some of those ground beef recipes.  Remember you can switch in whatever ground meat you want, most of them will come out the same.

Let me know what you think of them, I’m dying to know.

 

Before we leave it at that, I have a couple of  questions for you:

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ANYTHING ABOUT THIS SITE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

IS THERE SOMETHING YOU DON’T SEE HERE, THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO?

Leave me a comment with your answers or use the contact me page to answer.

Bye for now and I hope you have a safe and happy week.

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2 Replies to “I LOST THE FIGHT TODAY, BUT TOMORROW I’LL BE STRONG (I HOPE)”

  1. Hope is such a powerful tool and I appreciate you sharing your journey so much with us (your collective audience) because it really helps me to understand better and get to know you better too.

    1. Thank you Brianne, I kind of got lost in thought when I was writing the piece and it took a different turn than what I thought it would. Turned out I liked it better.
      I am happy that it touched something in you and hope that you will continue to comment on what you like and don’t like.
      Take care and have a very happy week.

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