Having several chronic illnesses, I’ve learned that with a positive outlook even during the hardest times you can still find the good in situations. Everyone endures a difficult trial, it’s the way you look at it, that determines how you will get through it. There are a million negatives of having a chronic illness, however, I can’t discredit the plus sides of my journey. Here is a list of the positive sides of having a chronic illness.
- You become closer to people who have been there for you.
A chronic illness can be debilitating. When you’re hurting, there are some things you just can’t do alone. When you’ve been through the best and the worst times with someone, like a chronic illness, you develop a bond with them. They have been there through the worst times of your life, just because they care about you. Honestly, that’s amazing, to help a person through this is a tough job, and for someone to take it on without hesitation, is a special person. Don’t ever let them go.
- You appreciate life more.
When you become chronically ill and unable to do certain things, you tend to appreciate life more. It’s actually in hindsight, a blessing. You will appreciate the little things. Before your illness you may have overlooked certain things, but now you will find peace in them. For example, I never cared too much for flowers, but now that I’m ill, smelling fresh flowers is very refreshing and therapeutic to me. Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses!
- You learn patience.
With a chronic illness it could take years to diagnose. You have to go from doctor to doctor, and sometimes out of state to a clinic or hospital to figure out what you have. Even if you get diagnosed most people around you don’t understand what a chronic illness is, or what all it entails. You develop patience, because during this time you need all the patience in the world, now more than ever. Nonetheless, it’s a great skills to have in life.
- You discover how much strength you truly have.
A chronic illness reveals how strong you truly are. You endure a lot of pain, stress, and misery. In order to fight your illness journey, you have to be stronger than you’ve ever been. I didn’t know how strong I was, or even imagined to be this courageous, until I became ill. It truly is amazing how strong we can be when tested.
I’ve learned that with a positive outlook even during the darkest of times you can still find the light. Everyone endures a difficult trial, it’s the way you view it, that determines how you will get through it. I could give you a list of the negatives of having a chronic illness, however, I can’t discredit the plus sides of my journey. I hope this post will open the positive side of your journey, and motivate you to continue to fight and never give up. Stay strong, and always be positive. ❤