I've realized that in the past 2 years, I've withstood a ridiculous amount of medical procedures, many of which I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy (chest tube, anyone?). I've also battled with insurance companies, disability, non-believing physicians, and dubious friends, family, and co-workers. Some of these skirmishes are ongoing, some probably will always be there. But even through the frustration and the daily pain, I try to keep moving forward. I have been called a "tough cookie" many times, and I believe that living each day with chronic pain and illness has developed the resilience I now have. It makes sense that spoonies like us have to be resilient; it becomes a trait necessary to survive with chronic pain and illness. Resilience is the only way we can function and live anything close to a "normal" life. It is how we can bounce back after a hospitalization, clean the house during a flare, educate physicians, and care for others. We are spoonies, are we are resilient!