I know that it is hard to accept, and to learn how to deal with, chronic illness and how it totally changes your life. I was just talking to my husband last night about how I wish I could accomplish all of the things that I had done at one time in my life. He reminded me that I am doing a wonderful job raising our 4-year-old son and that is the best accomplishment that anyone can make. Our little guy is very smart because although I am unable to do much physically with him, I do a lot of learning activities with him. My husband also reminded me that I HAVE achieved a lot in my 36 years career wise and although I am not able to do that anymore, those are still accomplishments that I have made. And no one can ever take that away.
I am usually positive about my illness and I try to deal with it in a positive way. But I am human, and I do have my down times. Thankfully, they don’t last long! I think the key to that is I try to stay away from negative people and their influences. I also read a lot of inspirational and motivational books and material too.
I used to care about what people thought about me because I am chronically ill. So many people have their own ideas and will make some really hurtful comments because they are just not educated, are plain rude, or think they are being helpful, but truly are not. Now, I don’t care what people think. If they cannot accept me for who I am, illnesses and all, then I don’t need them and they just are not worth the aggravation to me. I had a family member say to me one time when I was unable to work, “Well, if it was me, I would still be working.” It is so easy for people to say things like that because THEY ARE NOT THE ONE SUFFERING. God doesn’t judge us, why should anyone else?
We have all been put on this earth for a reason, and those of us who are ill have been chosen for a reason. Make the most of what you have!
“New Survey reveals Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME) is as disabling or debilitating as lupus, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Many medical professionals are acknowledging it as a seriously disabling condition. Three quarters of medical professionals responding to the survey believe that (ME)CFS, also known as CFIDS, is as or more disabling than other chronic diseases” (Press Release, CFIDS Association of America, 15th November 2001).
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