“if you are faced with an illness i encourage you to acknowledge the pain. if you are supporting someone who is facing an illness, acknowledge their pain and allow them to express it. forget the myth of pain-free suffering and live your own messy experience of what it is to have a sickness. question. have faith. scream. be silent. talk. listen. complain. accept. feel anger. feel love. cry. laugh.
feel fear. feel hope.
feel hope. always, always feel hope.”