When I Can’t Control How Chronic Illness Is Affecting My Body



By Laurel Younis in The Mighty.


OK, here it – the biggest and most important secret you will need to survive chronic illness.

The key to surviving chronic illness is surviving it in any way you can. Now I know what you may be thinking, “Really? Is this seriously the advice you’re giving me?” And my answer is yes.

Here’s the thing – chronic illness is unpredictable. One day you’ll be thinking, “Wow, this isn’t so bad. I can handle it.” And them bam. The next day you find yourself bed-bound as the weeks fly by, wondering if it will ever let up.

Chronic illness will get inside your head. It will fill your mind full of guilt-ridden thoughts and at some points it may hit you with so many feelings you can no longer even put a name to them. At best it can be described as a rollercoaster ride you never wanted to go on and have no idea when and if it will ever end.

On the bad days, do whatever it takes to hang in there and keep fighting. To you this may mean that you allow yourself to stay in bed, not wear any makeup and live in your sweat pants until the good days, where you can live the life you want. To others it may mean eating ice cream for breakfast because you have lost so much weight you need to put on calories in the fastest way you can. For some, it’s needing to keep saying, “Sorry, I am not able to come,” to their friends and loved ones.


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