More than at any time in the past, people today are able to live with a range of chronic illnesses due to advances in new medications, physical therapy, and support. Here are some pointers to help people with chronic illness focus and decide where their priorities are in life. Emphasizes the author, a hospital chaplain: "One of my favorite questions in the hospital is: 'What would make things turn out alright?' It's a question about hope, and about where new life is to be found. Hope is different from a wish, because hope implies a relationship instead of a 'thing' we wish for. We don't have to go through this alone.