I want you to know that you are not alone. More importantly, I want you to know that hope is possible because I’m beginning to find mine again.
The picture above is from the day that I weaned off my narcotic pain medication. I’m on this path with you, my friend, and I’m no stronger than you, which means that my successes can be yours.
Whether it is someone in your life or you who struggles, chronic illness is a misunderstood, frustrating, and often stigmatized part of life. It can take away from your sense of control and worthiness. It can reduce your quality of life if you have to make adjustments and accommodations that “normal” people don’t have to. It can make you clench your fist and wonder, “Why me? Why now?” It can make you feel alone if you don’t see others suffering. It can make you feel sad because you remember what life used to be like before your illness came into the picture. However, your chronic illness does not define you or make you a lesser person. It is just another part of who you are and you have the right to make of it whatever you want.
I share my story so that you can:
- Feel connected and encouraged, whether or not you live with chronic illness;
- Learn about healthy coping mechanisms;
- Be empowered to take back as much control as possible; and
- Have faith in yourself, wherever you are in your journey.
“I’m a recovering perfectionist and an aspiring good-enough-ist.“
– Brene Brown
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A sample of I-2-W original posts:
- Journals about my walk with God
- My poetry
- Grief masterpost
- How to talk to your practitioners about your physical pain
- How to go gluten-free and dairy-free for chronic pain management
- Spoonie skills
- PSA about chronic illness and public transportation
- Tips for people with chronic illness and busy social schedules
- Yes, this is my handicap permit. No, it’s not your right to know why. 🙂
- Tips for managing chronic fatigue
- God is with you in suffering (and everything, for that matter)
- What to say when others don’t know what to say in response to your suffering
- How to post about something controversial without dehumanizing anybody
- The painful process of emotionally distancing yourself from bad news people: Words of encouragement
- Note to self: I am worthy. I always have been and I always will be.
- PSA about listening
- An open letter from a survivor
- Stream of consciousness (a personal post)
- My daily gratitude journals
- Spoonopoly, a game about the spoon theory