Reflecting on Resilience, Courage, and My Chronic Illness Journey.

Rising Through Resilience: Author Samantha Moss On The Five Things You Can Do To Become More Resilient During Turbulent Times

 Click here for my full article in Authority Magazine.

Wow! It’s quite surreal to see this kind of heading in an article, your article, published in a global magazine. I woke up to this headline a year ago!

I think what gave me cause to stop in my tracks, and gulp a little too much air, was seeing the words “Author Samantha Moss”

I couldn’t believe I was now not just a blogger but an actual author!

I’m so incredibly grateful to my book publisher, Jessica Cassick from  Imaginewe Publishers . We have been journeying together for just over two years now to bring my dream of turning this blog into my first book. A year of writing the book and then another year with the promotional work once it was published. My memoirs:”My Medical Musings …A Story Of Love, Laughter, Faith And Hope, As I Learn To Live Again With A Rare Disease ” is definitely a huge achievement for me and the realisation of a lifelong goal.

What I didn’t realise was how much resilience and courage I would need to publish my memoirs and even just to blog about my chronic illness journey. I knew I wanted to share my story to help others, but to do so really does make you vulnerable.

I so often write about hope and holding on to dreams, even if they seem out of reach right now.

In my healthy days, my dream was always to write a book. Something that would help others. Something authentic, real, full of truth, and where I could share my faith and love of life.

I really didn’t have a story at that point in time that I felt worthy of sharing or wouldn’t impact the privacy of others in my life, so the dream was parked. Not forgotten!

A Changing Course

Life never remains stagnant, no matter how hard we might like to stick to a tight routine and think we are in control.

We are not in control. We can certainly be decisive and work towards plans and goals but we also need to understand these can quite easily be thrown up in the air, by all kinds of unexpected life events.

We need to be flexible. We need to be resilient. We need to have courage!

I’m a big believer in setting goals. I think it helps to know where you’re going and it helps to have a reason to exercise your resilience muscle.         

However, goals are no good without plans. You need a roadmap to get you there. When we set goals they need to be achievable but they also need to be something we are passionate about. Something that drives us to want to achieve them.

Sam Moss – Authority Magazine article 2022

The interview I gave to Savio P. Clemente, at Authority Magazine, is all about resilience during turbulent times and it couldn’t be a more perfect topic when we think about the challenges of living with chronic illness.

Without resilience there is no way I would be coping today, both with the horrors of my health and the wonders of my new writing career.

As a result of my health issues, my story evolved. The course of my life changed forever. My book took it’s form and I was able to express my deepest thoughts, while writing some of my life story in a way that I hope respects those closest to me.

The article in Authority Magazine is a great summary of  some of what my readers can expect in my book.

I truly believe we all have the ability to be resilient.

One of the questions I was asked in the interview was: How would you define resilience? What do you believe are the characteristics or traits of resilient people?

“I’ve always had a “Pollyanna” approach to life, even as a child, but living with a debilitating disease and being resilient requires much more than a happy disposition. I believe the characteristics or traits required are:

  • Determination
  • Courage
  • Acceptance…I write a lot about the importance of achieving a state of acceptance to find a new purpose.
  • Patience
  • Adaptable…being open to change
  • Self-belief
  • Integrity…it’s just as important to know when to say no to something or stop pushing when it isn’t the right thing to do. Integrity is all about honesty and having strong moral principles. To be genuinely resilient I believe you need the characteristic of integrity.

Another very apt question was: Courage is often likened to resilience. In your opinion how is courage both similar and different to resilience?

I think courage is about being brave, conquering fears, and taking a risk to arrive at a perceived better place.

Resilience gives us the ability to deal with the fallout of our courageous adventures. It allows us to get up when we fall, shake ourselves off, and try again.

The two need to go hand in hand in my opinion.

If your life has taken a life changing course, please don’t for one moment think it’s useless or over.

It is quite likely just beginning a whole new chapter with the most incredible unexpected opportunities, even in the midst of inexplicable trials. Look for them, dream about them, hope for them.

You are more resilient than you perhaps realise. I honestly never thought I had the levels of resilience and courage I have found. They were there, though. Deep within, waiting to be called upon.

I hope you find your resilient spirit and the purpose filled life that awaits you.

Love,  Sam xx

Podcast

If you would like an audible version of my blog, please check out my Podcast, Medical Musings With Sam

Medical Musings with Friends

If you’re looking for genuine support, care, understanding and friendship, you are so welcome to join my closed Facebook support forum, Medical Musings with Friends . It’s a safe place to connect with others living with chronic and complex diseases, who truly understand the daily challenges. A warm welcome awaits.

My Book

My book “My Medical Musings”, is published by Imaginewe Publishers and available now to purchase as a paperback or e-book.

Here are the links to online retailers if you would like to purchase the book:

Imaginewe Publishers

Amazon

Koorong

Booktopia

Book Depository

Angus and Robertson

Barnes and Noble

Blackwells

I’m also a contributor at “The Mighty”. You can check out my published articles at My Author Page

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One thought on “Reflecting on Resilience, Courage, and My Chronic Illness Journey.

  1. We are given the ability to overcome millions of forks in our world. I always say of course i can take it. God would not toss it to e if I could not. Sheryl is our blessing and she is helps me everyday.

    rick

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