At age fourteen, Danice Hope started having troubles functioning during the winter months. Each year, the fatigue and depression grew worse. During the summers, her health would improve, and she learned to fit as much joy into life as possible before winter returned. After six years, she was finally diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder. Over time, she realized that there was also beauty in winter. She found a poster with flowers growing out of the snow that said, “In the midst of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”
In the mid 1990’s, Danice moved south to Arizona with the hope of improving her health enough to have a better life. While the SAD improved, she found herself developing new health problems. The biggest surprise was that she could be sitting slumped over in a wheelchair in the emergency room, barely able to speak or move, and doctor after doctor told her that she wasn’t ill, or that it was “just anxiety”. After going to twenty-four different doctors in the next year, she was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. Stunned at the loss of her hopes and dreams, she gradually learned to see in new ways, to balance her health, to reshape her dreams, and to look to Christ. She learned that flowers can grow not only in the snow, but also in the desert sun.
Danice Hope has been married to the same loving, supportive husband for 26 years. They live in the deserts of the American Southwest, where the winters are mild. Their two lovable cats keep them busy.
Danice loved to roam the mountains of Utah in her younger years, and to see the variety of wildflowers each spring. She has enjoyed writing since she was old enough to write. She takes solace in reading the scriptures and other good books. She is grateful for God’s care and guidance through the distresses of life.
1. If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?
1. There needs to be more funding for research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and the dysautonomias associated with it.
2. I wish more doctors would look up the facts about these illnesses, instead of relying on false traditions.
3. I wish for more bridges to understanding each other, despite our differences.
2. Given unlimited resources, what would be your ideal work/writing environment?
a. I would love a cabin in the mountains where the beauty of nature would surround me.
3. Where do you actually work/write?
a. I work in my front room, at my computer.
4. What do you love most in the world?
a. My wonderful husband has stood by me and loved me all these years.
5. What do you fear most?
a. Having doctors deny reality when I’m life-threateningly ill.