Hope: “a strong and confident expectation. Feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen." The archaic or Biblical definition of hope is: "a feeling of trust.
I think that trust is an extremely important word when it comes to healthcare as you are usually trusting that your provider will have the answer to your health problem. I take that trust very seriously, which is why I thought I'd chat about hope.
Have you given up hope?
I'm talking about having given up hope on feeling better physically and emotionally. Have you been told that "your lab work is normal", "there isn't any reason for your pain" or maybe "try this anti-depressant medication".
I hear this from people all the time and I just don't believe that "there's nothing else to do"! There is always something more that can be done or changed to move people towards wellness even when there is no medical cure for a chronic illness. Maybe the problem needs to be looked at another way, like maybe your depression is really due to a hypoactive thyroid or a nutrient deficiency. Maybe there is something else that can be tried for your pain that isn't "conventional" or maybe you need to make some lifestyle changes.
Hope is active - you have to make a decision to hope and trust. To be able to encourage people to grab on to hope is what I love and makes what I do worth it! This is what I have learned about hope:
- Hope is a choice.
- Hope requires action.
- Hope means you have to trust something or someone outside of yourself.
- Hope should never stop.