8. Focus on what you CAN still do. My mom has had a rare form of incurable cancer for 6 years now, but still manages to be a completely emotionally-connected grandparent for our girls, despite all the changes and her diminished physical health. It's just that the granddaughters do the driving these days. It's one of those circular things about life, since she sweetly drove them to lessons after school for many years. Now it's their turn. Keep up your non-illness identity.
If you know some of these everyday heroes, give them your compassion, your respect, and your kindness. Living with chronic, progressive and terminal illness takes tremendous courage and deserves our support. It could be any of us later, because life can surprise us with things we never imagined. All of our heroes don't make the news. Reach out to the ones you know, including those people who strive to keep living and contributing despite serious illness. Chronic illness is something you may have to contend with, but you want to fight the good fight and not let it define you.