A chronic illness brings darkness to your life. It brings a cloud of sorrow over you, and everyone around you. A Chronic illness changes your life. You have to learn how to shift your life, to fit this troubling illness into your schedule. Here’s how a chronic illness forces you to grow up too early.
- You see the world differently.
Before, you see the world as a safe and innocent place. When you are young you believe the world is a fairy tale, and the world is full of beautiful light with no problems. After you become ill, you realize there are others who are ill, and there are bad things going on in this world. You discover the outrageous amounts of children, and teens who suffer from chronic illnesses. There is people who have suffered for 50 years, and continue to. There’s parents who pray every night for their child to survive, and have a normal life again. It’s like your blinders come off, and you lose your innocence. Yes, there is hurt in this world but after you see the bad, you have to force yourself to find the good again. You see the world differently when you become ill, and all you want to do is save it. You learn there is a lot you can do to help make a difference in the world.
- You realize you’re not going to live forever.
You think that you are invincible. You could do anything and you would be okay. You hear stories of bad things happening to other people, but at a young age you won’t believe it could happen to you. When it does, you become a lot more compassionate towards others. You know what they are going through, and you become way more sympathetic after going through a chronic illness. You learn you won’t live forever, so you live life to the fullest. You don’t take any day for granted. You learn to love the little things in life.
- Your life has to shift for a chronic illness.
There are several with a chronic illness, who are unable to work or go to school. Being forced to drop your dream job, or school is the hardest thing to do. You begin to wonder why you have to give up something you love so much. You have to grow up early to realize when your body comes first. It’s difficult to put your health first, but there may be a point where you have to put your body ahead of your career. I unfortunately had to put college on temporary hold, due to my chronic illnesses. I was devastated. While my peers were able to live out their college fun, attend parties, and go to football games I had to put that on hold. While they were having fun I was in and out of the hospital, doing countless amounts of tests, doctors appointments, and constantly driving out of state to a clinic. I had to grow up fast. But growing up quickly matures you. Instead of focusing on partying, you focus on getting your future, and also your health figured out. You learn the important things in life.
Even though, we had to grow up quickly due to chronic illnesses, we can’t discredit the outlook on life we have been given. We are grateful for the time we have, with friends and family, and we are thankful for the little things in life. The mindset I have received through my illness journey is one I probably wouldn’t have had, if it weren’t for getting sick. Live every day like it’s your last. Be positive through every journey you are presented with, and never give up.♡