Pet Pal

Dear Grace and Sadie,

You both stole my heart and have a special place in it. You are the apple of my eye. You both have blessed me in so many ways, I thank God everyday we are able to spend together. You both help me cope with my health in different but equally important ways.

Grace, you have been my baby almost three wonderful years. We have been through so much heartbreak and obstacles. You are my princess. You worry too much about me. You allow me to rock you to sleep, taking my mind off of the pain for a bit and off of the emotional roller coaster that my medication gives me.


Sadie, you have been with us a short six months, yet it feels like I have known you so much longer. You overflow with love. So full of energy and life. You follow me around making sure I am okay. You call when you can’t find me. You sit with me while I do school work or read.



You both provide stress relief, friendship, and a listening ear. You come when I call you and provide comfort. We exercise together. I love you both dearly with all my heart. I am forever grateful for your presents in my life and I cherish our time together. You give me hope and strength.


Your mom Victoria


Author: Victoria

Welcome, it is an honor you dropped by. I am Victoria. A twenty-something-year-old battling multiple chronic illnesses while learning how to thrive. Chronically Hopeful was designed to educate others and to provide support to those who are chronically ill. Proving encouragement to others is essential to me. I share my health on here. My major illnesses are Lupus, Hyperadrenergic Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, EDS, Mast Cell, Endo, and Ulcerative Colitis. I want to share my story with you hoping you will experience support; that someone else understands your pain, struggles, and frustrations. God has chosen not to heal me but to hold me. The more intense the pain the closer his embrace”. My faith, as a Christian has sustained me through the stormy waters of the past few chapters of my life. I desire to grow closer to God and lead others closer to Him. I help lead two online women’s Bible studies. I also post devotionals. I am pursuing my bachelor’s degree through Liberty University’s online program. Despite my illnesses, I have thrived in school. I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Psi Chi the International Honor Society, and Tau Sigma Honor Society. Abby is my service dog in training. I also have three cats Gracey, Fluffy, and Sadie Rose. I am looking forward to hearing your precious story. Sending hugs, prayers, and spoons. Have an amazing day!

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