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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