Help Accepting Chronic and Possibly Degenerative Medical Issues


Does anyone have prayer recommendations for dealing with a chronic problem where the diagnosis is, or most likely is degenerative? Where if you are lucky, things stay the same, but they will likely get worse? I dont mean prayers hoping for miracles, but prayers requesting the grace to perserve? Prayers for when you have accepted things wont get better, but you need the grace to perserve, and hope if you are fortunate, they won`t get worse?




I have a couple chronic issues and of late have been lifting up the pain and other problems to Mary through Hail Mary's, Rosaries, and the Divine Mercy prayers.

Since I decided about 2 years ago to give it all to God (my crosses- I mean), I say I Trust in You , Jesus at bedtime every night and kiss the Divine Mercy frame near our front hall and things seem a lot more bearable.


Hi Maria :hug3:

Here are a few prayers which I hope will be of help to you:

Dear Jesus,
Divine Physician and Healer of the Sick,
we turn to You in this time of illness.
O dearest Comforter of the Troubled,
alleviate our worry and sorrow with Your gentle love,
and grant us the grace and strength to accept this burden.
Dear God,
we place our worries in Your hands.
We ask that You restore Your servant to health again.
Above all,
grant us the grace to acknowledge Your holy will
and know that whatsoever You do,
You do for the love of us.


Watch, O Lord,
with those who wake,
or watch,
or weep tonight,
and give Your angels charge over those who sleep.

Tend Your sick ones, O Lord Christ.
Rest Your weary ones.
Bless Your dying ones.
Soothe Your suffering ones.
Pity Your afflicted ones.
Shield Your joyous ones.
And for all Your love's sake.


O Merciful Infant Jesus!
I know of Your miraculous deeds for the sick.
How many diseases You cured during Your blessed life on earth,
and how many venerators of Your Miraculous image
ascribe to You their recovery
and deliverance from most painful and hopeless maladies.

I know, indeed, that a sinner like me
has merited his sufferings
and has no right to ask for favours.
But in view of the innumerable graces
and the miraculous cures granted
even to the greatest sinners
through the veneration of Your holy infancy,
particularly in the miraculous statue of Prague
or in representations of it,
I exclaim with the greatest assurance:
O most loving Infant Jesus, full of pity,
You can cure me if You will!
Do not hesitate, O Heavenly Physician,
if it be Your will
that I recover from this present illness;
extend Your most holy hands,
and by Your power take away all pain and infirmity,
so that my recovery may be due,
not to natural remedies,
but to You alone.

If, however, You in Your inscrutable wisdom
have determined otherwise,
then at least restore my soul to perfect health,
and fill me with heavenly consolation and blessing,
that I may be like You, O Jesus,
in my sufferings,
and may glorify Your providence until,
at the death of my body,
You bestow on me eternal life.


Father, let this suffering pass from me;
yet not my will but yours be done.
May you be blessed forever.
Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me.
With you I am nailed to the cross.
Let my pains be mingled with yours
for the saving of the world.
Holy Spirit, comforter and consoler,
heal what is ill in me,
strengthen what is weak,
sweeten what is sour or cranky.
Save me from depression and self-pity;
renew my courage;
bring me to pray with Jesus on the cross:
Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.


(By Bede Jarrett, OP)

Courage to accompany you, Lord
Lord, give us all the courage we need
to go the way you shepherd us,
that when you call
we may go unfrightened.
If you bid us come to you across the waters,
that we may not be frightened as we go.
And if you bid us climb the hill,
may we not notice that it is a hill,
mindful only of the happiness of your company.
You made us for yourself,
that we should travel with you
and see you at last in your unveiled beauty
in the abiding city,
where you are light and happiness
and endless home.

I will be praying for you!


Don't feel that you shouldn't ask for physical healing... I pray that my autonomic system will not go haywire and that my pulse won't race (and all of the other symptoms that goes along with POTS) all of the time. But in addition to that prayer, I pray for the perserverance needed to deal with my illness, not only in doing every day tasks that most people without a disability don't even think twice about (such as getting dressed, cooking a meal, taking a shower, walking for more than 5 minutes...etc), but also that I don't lose my faith through this. I have had lapses in faith over much smaller things. I pray that through my suffering with my illness that I am able to draw closer with Christ, especially the Christ who suffered so much for us.

A week or so ago, I was having a pretty hard time with symptoms, and I mentioned just how much I wish I didn't have to be sick, how much I wished that I didn't have to feel like an 80 year old congestive heart failure patient (that's how debilitating my illness is) to my priest.... he just smiled and pointed at the nearby crucifix and said something to the effect that He didn't want to go through that, but out of love for me and him (Fr., that is), the very ones who put Him up there, He willingly suffered much. It was suggest that I tell Him how much I didn't like this illness and to ask for help in carrying this cross. A fairly harsh message, but one that I think about and act upon quite frequently.

I also have frequent "brain fogs", where I just can't even form a sentence or even tell anyone my name, so I can't verbally pray. Physically, I'm pretty debilitated, too, but there are some blessings that comes along with this, mainly because it's so much easier to pray with all of my heart, mind, soul, and body when I don't have as much, especially with the mind and body.

I also pray for the doctors that are treating me, that they won't just give up on me, either, since the illness I have isn't well understood, there isn't a cure, and treatment is, at best, hit and miss. I seem to have a good cardiologist who is committed, at least now, to enabling me to have a better quality of life. I am needing to see other specialists in the near future, as well, so my prayer is that I find the right specialist and I pray for them.

There is so much more that I could probably add right now, but the brain fog is starting up right now, so I'll just leave that for right now. Please know that I'm praying for you in your illness.


Maria :console: I’m so sorry for all you are going through. As you know I suffer from many chronic illnesses in mind and body (more than I can count on two hands!). Some will stay the same, some will worsen with age and time. There’s no cure for any of them. I’m a terrible cross bearer. But something that is helping me lately is to live one day at a time. If I sit and think that this will be the rest of my life, I just can’t take a single day more. But if I think, I only have to live this way one more day (cause who knows if there will be a tomorrow) then I find I have strength enough to live that one day. I fail many times, but when I succeed this is what brings me the most peace. Other days I just whine and complain and cry my eyes out, and that can be prayer in God’s eyes during these difficult times. God love you dear. Please PM me if you ever need to talk, I totally understand where you are coming from dear. :hug3:


Thank you for all of the beautiful prayers and for taking the time to post here and to pray for me. Continued prayers would really be appreciated so much.




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