Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Chronic Illness Life Lesson Number Six - Learning that it is OK to have a bad day

Chronic illness teaches you so many things every day and some are easier to accept than others...

Sometimes in life, the toughest lessons come at us providing us no other possible solution or way out except to face and tackle the problem head on. Personally, with my experience for chronic illness this is indeed the case there really is no other alternative, than a mixture of perseverance, acceptance and hope.

There are days when I just cannot get out of bed, I am consistently throwing up, perhaps experiencing terrible bouts of diarrhoea, collapsing as I try to move, curled up due to the immense amount of stomach pain and so the list goes on..

I have a strong-willed personality and I don't like people, or things holding me back from something I desire. It can be tough on these days where I can do nothing except rest to do quite that. I hate the idea of my chronic illness holding me back in life. Whether that be from walking to the local park, working, going to events, or even just carrying out the basic and essential tasks for life. There are days where I preserve through a broad spectrum of tasks which I know deep down, I am not well enough to do. It is so disheartening to have something swoop in your life stay forever, and almost force you to miss out on life experiences due to the severity of your unpredictable condition.

I think the most important thing is accepting that there will be occasions, whilst living with multiple chronic illnesses that I shall need to take a step back, and as hard as that can be but "just" rest and recover. Truthfully, it is something I am still working on, I despise the thought of not being able to do what I used to do by myself without assistance, but it's crucial to remember all that has changed for the better because of chronic illness - see my Chronic Life Lessons here for regular posts of what I have learnt through because of these diseases.

I know it sounds incredibly annoying and cheesy to hear, but without the bad days, I cannot totally accept the truth of which is chronic illness, and inevitably, now my life partner.

"The Hopeful Chronic"


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