I was recently asked the question "When you think about all that your child and the rest of the family is going through, how do you do it? How do you stay so strong?"
First of all I don't think what we have been through is anything that amazing. EVERYONE has crap in their life, If you're sitting there thinking you've had an easy life, don't waste your time feeling left out, 'cause you'll get your share sooner or later. Just know when things get tough that everyone has tough times and they don't last forever.
How do we do it? Hey, It's not like we were given a choice, we just accept what life gives us and do our best with what we have. That's how life is, it is full of crap, it is also full of beauty, you can choose to focus on the crap or the beauty. It is all up to you. I have a friend who has been fighting really bad breast cancer for 2 years she is always upbeat and happy. She told me last week "It is far more enjoyable to be happy than it is to be sad." I guess that sums it up for us, we choose to be happy, and that makes us strong.