I think it is the chronic portion that doesn't fit the cliche. For most people there are hurdles in life to get past, obstacles that can be overcome. These impediments do make the person stronger. For the individuals with a chronic disorder, there is never a knowledge that some day this ordeal will be done with, finished, complete. There is the ever present knowledge that we will live with this until we die. That is not a hurdle, it is a walk of endurance. So we keep holding on, waiting for those moments of joy that intersperse the gloom. We live for the hope, the embrace, the kind word and do our best to not drown in the darkness.
*love to all*