The definition of resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.
Some people may be naturally resilient to blows that life serves them and some not so much, but resilience is the secret to dealing with chronic illness.
Many chronic conditions are not always bad, they relapse or are managed.
As any chronic disease ebbs and flows, so do those that suffer from it.
Their capacity to ebb and flow with the disease defines the outcome of any diagnosis- may that be lupus, fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Kidney Disease, etc. That capacity is resilience.
To understand resilience a little better though and understand why some people fair better than others when dealing with chronic illness, we must understand the biological process of stress.
Stress is good!
Acute, short term stress is a natural process, also known as “fight or flight” response. Our bodies are built to direct resources to the right processes and help us act upon what is perceived stressful in order to fight it or run away from it.