As basic and obvious as it sounds, there is no pleasure without knowing pain and you really can’t experience joy without experiencing some suffering.
This discovery came to me on my own but philosophers and most religious scholars made this revelation a long time ago. Maybe, even though I thought I had understood the balance of life. Not until I truly experienced the ups and downs that come with chronic illness could I completely appreciate the joy that comes with each day. There is an exhilaration in just being and savoring each and every day. The rainbow may not always be obvious but if you look hard enough, I think it shines through the clouds.