When one is befallen with a chronic illness, of any type, it can be a staggering blow to the world as we knew it. Suddenly, everything we used to be able to do with ease, now requires large amounts of energy. Our lives begin changing around us, the people we love may look at us differently, or we may even look at them differently, perhaps even with a hint of jealousy at their health and vigor.
It hurts to not be able to do the things that we used to be able to do. We used to take them for granted, just like everyone else around us still does. However, while we may have these chronic illnesses, the one thing that we always have to keep in the back of our minds is that these illnesses do not have us. We have control over them, we have control over what we do with our bodies, how we treat them, nourish them and provide them with what they need. All of this is our wellness as a whole.
Despite these illnesses, we can choose to be happy, and we can choose to be fulfilled. It all comes down to the choices we make and how we plan on living our lives. Just because you have this illness, it doesn’t mean that you can’t live the life you wanted, you just have to make some tweaks and adjustments to how you are going to do it. You are a human being who is facing some difficult challenges right now, but we are equipped to overcome challenges! It is bred into us! We can do this!
Wellness, to me is all about how I choose to think about things, how I can do the things I want to do, and how I take care of my body. It is making sure that I take the medicines that I need, the foods that are nourishing, the love I desire, cleanliness, and feeding my soul.
I make time for myself, I give myself “days off”, and I do take breaks. I’m truly living the life I never knew I wanted. I am so incredibly happy being a mom and a freelance writer. Most days, I believe if I hadn’t gotten ill, I would never be where I am right now. I do know how silly that sounds, but stick with me here. Most of the time, I am grateful for this illness. It has given me so much (aside from agonizing pain), like this wonderful husband I have, my blogs, my ability to be a stay-at-home mom who works from home, extra time with my family, and it has opened so many doors and amazing opportunities, as well as forged lifelong bonds through the people I have met who are also affected with the same things that I am.
I’m not saying that you have to jump up and down for joy (not that we can!) because you have this illness, but try to see some of the good things that have happened to you. Don’t focus so much on the negative that it has brought you, strive to see the positive in it. Write them down, and hang them up. When you’re feeling low, remember what you do have, instead of what you don’t have.