True grit exists in the day to day behavior of those who face overwhelming challenges but still insist on sucking the marrow out of the bone of life instead of settling for scraps. True grit is speaking up to a doctor who must cover his ego because he can’t find out what is wrong with you and tells you it’s “all in your head.” It takes true grit to walk in to a new doctor’s office after experiencing a put down like that. Courage is the individual who, after a restless, pain-filled night still reaches for the alarm clock, gets out of bed and stumbles or limps to the bathroom to take the morning medications, to face a new day. Courage, valor and hope lie deep within us and we will find the seeds of their existence if we have the grit to look and don’t bury ourselves in denial, a bottle of liquor or an extra, dangerous dose of pain pills. Courage is not the absences of fear. It is walking into the face of fear and smacking it in the face. Courage is quiet and at other times, grand. It’s still courage. True grit tackles the hard way, if necessary, not the easy way. Courage is doing what you know, deep in your being, is best. Courage finds a way to go forward whether it is upright, on a crutch, in a wheelchair or at a crawl.
Beautifully said by Sue Falkner-Wood at Chronic Pain Blog(http://www.everydayhealth.com/blog/life-with-chronic-pain/it-takes-true-grit-to-live-a-life-with-chronic-pain/).
This is chronic pain. This is RSD. This is us. We flash a smile, and we continue on because that is the only option (being depressed isn't an option to me anymore, but being grateful is).