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Change your Words, Change your Life...
“As long as you make an identity for yourself out of pain, you cannot be free of it.” ~Eckhart Tolle
While I am "Chronically ill," I am more than a Patient.
I am not just "sick".
I am a person with pets, hobbies, friends, relatives, and many talents.
My illnesses may feel all-powerful at times, but they are not the sum total of who I am.
When others no longer see me as someone who "looks sick," It means that I'm doing a better job of managing my multiple health problems. That I am balancing medications, lifestyle choices, rest and exercise, chronic pain, "exacerbations," and flare-ups well enough to at least look semi-normal.
An invisible illness is just that -- invisible.
I've finally come to understand that having a chronic illness is not a prison sentence.
It does not mean I must spend the rest of my life feeling depressed and angry; locked away from the world inside my little sick box.
It does not mean that I am useless or no longer have any gifts to share.
"You don't look sick."
Well, Thank You.
I take that as a compliment.
I work very hard every day to live and be as healthy as I can, even though I don't feel well.
Having a chronic illness is tough enough.
Who wants to go around looking sick…?
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