Most of us recognize this video and its message that obstacles can be overcome and replaced by dreams. Maybe the dreams aren’t this big, as further videos of Susan Boyle’s success will prove.

But, success doesn’t come without a price. The stress ‘ of her meteoric rise to success ‘got to’ Susan Boyle as she chewed out reporters and police. She didn’t win the competition, “Britain’s got talent” in 2009, but she proved to the world that she could dream a dream…and succeed.

Most of us with a chronic illness have given up a dream, have experienced losses that most could never imagine. Susan Boyle’s loss was that she wasn’t prepared for success. Our losses are many and our challenges great. I encourage each of you to dream, dream realistically, but to be able to say, “I had a dream…”

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