The Positive Side of Having a Chronic Illness 

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. ❤

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    1. This is truly beautiful! I’m glad I found your blog, because this touched me today. Your writing is on key, and your kind heart radiates through the post! So nice to meet you. I look forward to reading more of your posts! 😀

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      1. I can identify with you. Been there done that. Been told there is no cure and “you will have it the rest of your life.” Not fun or encouraging. I have ups and downs, good days and bad days. I get really frustrated having to take so many pills every day which the doctors say I have to take “for the rest of my life.” One of the things that is so discouraging is that people don’t understand when I don’t feel like doing things because they can’t tell by looking at me that there is anything wrong with me. It’s not something that you can see but I can definitely feel the pain and the fatigue that it causes. And, of course, after being on so many meds for so many years, more things develop because of the long-term effects of the meds. But, because of God, I can make it. He helps me through it all. And I still pray and believe that one day I will be totally healed of all of this.

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        1. Unfortunately I know exactly what you mean. It’s hard when people don’t understand. But it’s up to us to spread awareness. Thank you for sharing your story. I wish for peace and best wishes for you!


    2. Hats off to your courage and positivism dear. You are an angel for sure. it is concluded in spiritual parlance that all Good souls face tough test of God. Please change the name of your domain and do not call yourself Lifewithilness, instead call it positivity in adversity or smiling in pain etc. You are a source of inspiration to many of us. You will be in our prayers.


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      1. Wow, your comment has touched my heart. Thank you so much. All I want to do is spread positivity and awareness through my experiences and I’m so happy my point is coming acrossed. Thank you so much for reading! Best wishes!


    3. Your positive attitude is encouraging. I have a very close friend with a chronic illness and I marvel at her attitude. I always want to help in some way and she always says that having someone to talk to really helps. It feels like I could do more if I knew what. I will continue to follow your journey, it is humbling.

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      1. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I actually say the same thing to my friends. Unfortunately there’s not a lot anyone can do, so having someone to be here for us is more than enough. Hang in there! Thank you so much,I appreciate it!


    4. Thank you for the brilliant reminder to also view the positives of having a chronic illness. I have found that a positive change in mindset towards my RA has really helped me physically & mentally cope better as you don’t drain your precious energy on negativity.

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    5. your blogs are not just enlightening; they are both inspiring and quite humbling. i thought i had a lot of problems thrown my way. but you give me much hope and determination to stay focused and strong. i want to hold your hand – not just because i want to make you feel my support for you, but because i know you can give me so much energy as well.

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      1. Wow, thank you so much!! That means a lot to me!!! I’m so glad I can give you hope and strength! These trials aren’t easy,but you’ve got this! It’s people like you who give me strength and I definitely feel the support! I wish the best for you and hope you have a beautiful holiday!

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    6. Like you, I have had many serious illnesses as well as chronic illnesses…I completely agree with your positive outlook on life in spite of your health…Here is a post I wrote recently to put some perspective on illnesses……bj, author of near a river,

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    7. While I can never say I’m happy about my pain or that I’m glad I got sick, I do love that you’ve pushed aside all the negativity and found the positives in your journey through chronic illness. Happiness is about perspective and even in the most negative of things, there is something to be found that’s positive. Thank-you for reminding me of some of those positives.

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