What is the first thing you think of when you hear the term “chronic illness?” Is it the fact that an illness has no known cure? Or that the person with the chronic illness will have a lifetime of healthcare concerns? Both of those lines of thinking are accurate, unfortunately.
The diagnosis of a chronic illness always brings about a change in lifestyle, whether small or large. And with those alterations come the changes in how we feel emotionally as well as physically. The bottom line is that it’s no fun to have a chronic illness.
Those of us who do have one (or more) often live in a very different world than other people. We no longer take our health and feeling “well” for granted, because we know that our symptoms can always return or worsen. And that’s something that people who are not chronically ill may not understand.
We always wait for the “other shoe to drop,” because the first shoe dropped the moment we realized that our illness would last a lifetime. We are all too familiar with the frustration and sadness that occur as we grieve for the life we had prior to our diagnosis.
While there may be no cure for what ails us, there are strategies and tactics we can put into place to cope better and to live a more fulfilling life. One of the difficulties of chronic illness is that those of us with one usually must work harder and put far more energy into feeling “good” than others people do. Managing our illness is often a full-time job that we didn’t apply for much less accept the job offer.
We frequently manage this “job” along with additional responsibilities such as those of a demanding career, raising children, or simply being an engaged and affirming spouse. We juggle and sometimes have too many balls in the air and certainly not enough hands.
Despite the reality that we have one more thing to manage and coordinate, we can find meaning and purpose nestled within those uncomfortable and painful symptoms as well as the roller coaster of emotions we experience. This, of course, requires very proactive behaviors.
I know that the last thing someone with a chronic illness wants is one more item added to his or “to do” list. But trust me on this: The investment of time and energy into these strategies and tactics I’ll be describing on this website will result in payoffs beyond what you can imagine right now. I know this because I have been there. In fact, I’ve been investing in my well-being since I was a child and was first diagnosed with a chronic illness at the age of two.
I’ve created the FIND-JOY Method to assist you in taking some daily steps to improve your quality of life. I will post new blog topics that discuss various aspects of this method and provide you with insight and information that will help you to learn how FIND-JOY can work for you.
You may also sign up up for your FREE “Well-Kit” and read more about how you can live a better life despite chronic illness.
Then I would like for you to join me on this journey to wellness. I want you to be able to manage your illness better. I want you to feel less emotional frustration and pain. I have the experience, resources, and methods that make me uniquely qualified to take your hand and guide you. I have lived a very pleasant and fulfilling life despite being chronically ill.
Sure, I have symptoms that make me miserable at times. I haven’t gone a single day since I was a young child without experiencing at least some pain. Being chronically ill has taught me, however, to enjoy the good days to the fullest and to minimize my frustration on the “bad” days.
Please subscribe to receive your FREE “Well-Kit,” and then we’ll begin your journey to wellness. I’m looking forward to empowering you to feel better!