To Be A Victor

To Be A Victor

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller.

Every day I grapple with the knowledge that you are out there, doing what you can to cope, and persevering in the face of adversity. If I could deliver you to freedom from AS, the world would be a better place.

A better life, a better world, a new awakening… that is the fervent desire of us all. In order to prevail, we must employ the most powerful mental ally we have – unshakable vision backed up with absolute faith.

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King Jr

Vision is an unstoppable force that moves mountains and changes lives. History is replete with examples of people from every walk of life – people like you and me – who have accomplished the unimaginable through the power of their irrepressible vision.

When my own symptoms were intolerable, I found relief in remaining convinced that a brighter day was sure to come. My daily focus reflected it, and my mantra became:

This too shall pass…

…which gave me the strength and the inner resolve I needed to rise up and meet the challenges of life with chronic pain.

Repeat these words of wisdom often, believe in them, and never give in: This too shall pass.

There is unlimited potential for scientific breakthroughs and personal miracles, all that we could ever ask and intend for, which may appear at any moment. Who are we to deny it?

Since time immemorial, wiser men than I have encouraged us to take heart and never stop believing in ourselves. Choose to believe that you will one day awaken to a better world and a better life, and have faith in your vision.

There is a powerful message in this quote by Rachel Naomi Remen:

“Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you – all of the expectations, all of the beliefs – and becoming who you are.”

When you recognize this, heed it and take meaningful action, everything in your life will improve. New opportunities and experiences appear, and what you really intend then comes into view. It all begins with you, and most importantly, what it is you are focused on.

Trust your most powerful ally, and as always, keep the faith.


At Ankylosing Spondylitis Victors Association we are not conducting medical trials or in any way practicing medicine. We are conditioning ourselves for freedom from the mental and emotional suffering associated with AS, which in turn may help to ease the physical pain and distress.

© 2017 – AS Victors