Pushing Through when your Chronic Illness is Pulling you Down

A chronic illness is life changing. It changes your life totally, and completely. It changes you. The pain you have to endure, and the constant pressure of knowing you are sick, you are different, and you have restrictions is heartbreaking. A chronic illness can really rock your world. The hard part is pushing through, when your chronic illness is pulling you down.

We constantly are being told to never give up. It’s easier said than done, at times. When your illness is constantly dragging you through the mud, it can be hard to continue the fight. But the main thing to remember is, you are worth it to fight. You aren’t just fighting to get a good grade in class, you are fighting to live. You are fighting to get your life back. You are fighting to not feel constantly miserable. I know it can be hard to fight when you are feeling so terrible, but you have to find the hunger from within and fight back.

Finding the motivation when you are constantly in pain, and feeling sluggish is arduous at times. Finding the motivation to go to your five-hundredth doctor’s appointment just for a medicine refill, when you are having a high pain day, is hard. It’s important to remember each step you take to better your health, is not a wasted moment. You have to keep pushing, and find the motivation you need to keep going. Maybe your motivation is to not be on so many medications, or maybe you just want to start classes at school, or you want to go back to work- whatever it is, you need to find a reason to keep pushing.

Spreading awareness for chronic illnesses is important. Unfortunately, there is no cure for chronic illnesses, and it’s crucial we spread awareness. I know you may not be feeling well, or you feel like you can’t make a difference. The truth is you can make a difference. Whatever way you decide to speak awareness, is making a difference. Whether, it’s by making t-shirts, writing a blog, having awareness day at school- you are doing more than you know just by taking it upon yourself to take action. All it takes is one person to stand up and be the change. Push through your illness, and let that person be you. We can make a difference together.

Having a chronic illness is like living in your own personal nightmare, that you can’t wake up from. As difficult as a chronic illness is, it’s important to keep pushing through. Never give up, because you deserve to live a beautiful life, despite your trials. Fight, stay positive, and rise above.♡

31 thoughts on “Pushing Through when your Chronic Illness is Pulling you Down”

  1. MacKenzie, What you say is so true and your advice would be wise to take.
    I find chronic illness is like an unwanted gift that someone gave you. You’d rather not have it but keep it on display because you never know when that person may show up. And it always gives them pleasure. So although unwanted it still has value.
    If illness had no inherent value then it would truly take you down with no motivation to push through. I believe everyone has a soul. Whether they agree or not, which it is their free will to do so. However, I join my suffering to the cross of Christ where all types of suffering go to be healed. And in that my suffering has value, for the conversion of those in need and for purification for those not ready to enter into heaven. Only through sacrifice can healing take place.
    So when the screws of pain and discomfort tighten I think of anyone who may be in need and endure it for that one; known to me or not, because somewhere someone is suffering. Most observers will be inspired by the stout hearted. No one of us is the sole proprietor of suffering. So give it value. Offer it to someone.
    God Bless, Mackenzie.

  2. Mackenzie this was so beautifully written! Thank you so much for sharing. I do believe you are absolutely amazing and you encourage all of us to never give up. Life with a chronic illness is definitely never easy and sometimes we just want to throw in the towel, but we do not! Stay strong my dear because you really are fantastic. Sending you LOTS of love and positive vibes. I hope you have a wonderful week!

    1. Wow, thank you so much!!! Your comments always make my day! Thank you for your kind words and support! You are right!! Sending you peace and love!!! I hope you have a great week!!!

  3. You have such great insight for someone so young. I’m going to start forwarding your blog to my wife. As much as I’ve tried to spread awareness and help her and her family understand, they believe I don’t want to be a part of their family. It is so hard! I seek to understand, but they’ve already shut me down. I can’t change them, and it’s not my duty to do so. It just hurts… so I push through!

    1. That means a lot, thank you so much!! Im so sorry to hear that. I’ve been there and its beyond frustrating. Hang in there! Peace and love sent your way!

  4. Great advice and said with warmth and understanding. What do you do when the pain is so bad the individual is impatient and kim]nda crabby?


    1. Thank you so much!! Honestly my advice is to give the love and comfort from afar, everyone is different but when I’m moody due to pain I just want to try to sleep off the pain or rest. Best wishes!

  5. You are an amazing beautiful woman!! Never give up the drive to get better!

  6. Hi from Inverkeithing Fife Scotland Mackenzie. I have only started to follow your Blog over the last couple of weeks. You are inspirational with your writing and sharing how you feel. I have been dealing with chronic illness myself now for well over 12 years now!

    I am 49 years old now, my wife and our 5 year old son are both great with me and my wife over the last 12 years really has been so supportive with the patience of a saint. I was reading in one of your posts what living with a chronic illness can cost you. I have had 5 massive operations over the last 7 years, mostly on my spine and chest. I took medical retirement when I was going through life threatening/saving and changing surgery. I have signed up for your updates and I enjoy reading them. I was informed in November 2015 that ‘I am one of fifteen people worldwide with the cancer – malignant myopericytoma’.

    I set up a Blog myself called: oneoffifteen.com, this is to help me track down fellow malignant myopericytoma patients:
    – so that I can set up a forum so that we can share our experiences and to have someone to talk to.
    – create awareness of malignant myopericytoma and the sarcoma family of cancers
    – to thank the National Health Service here in Scotland for not only saving my life at least 3 times, but for also the care and attention I get from them. This ranges from the secretary at our local medical practice to GPs; then all levels of staff in the hospitals I have had surgery.

    I look forward to reading your future Blogs MacKenzie. Yes I know that its hard, but keep being positive. Love and Peace.

    1. Wow, thank you for sharing your experiences. I’m so sorry to hear about your trials. Thank you so much for reading! That means a lot! Stay strong and positive!

  7. This is such a fantastic post! You are right in saying that it’s easier said than done sometimes, yet so important too. Thank you for writing this, it’s such an vital thing to remember during the tough times! xx

  8. I really liked this, especially where you talked about persevering through everything. You have to find that thing that helps you keep going every day and it is different for everyone. Without that purpose, it is so hard to let chronic illness drag you down and keep you there. Thanks for writing this.

  9. So true! We still have so much to offer despite our debilitating conditions. It’s important not to lose sight of who we are and what we can still do. Great post. Thanks for sharing your heart.

  10. Although I don’t have chronic illness, I am a quadriplegic and can relate to the heart ache of long-term pain and fatigue. Sometimes when people say, “you are such an inspiration” I just want to scream because I am barely holding on. Thank you for reminding me the importance of staying on the path of positivity.

  11. Love it. I have pancreatitis and each day is different and having a 2 year old doesn’t help at times. Like you say it makes us stronger and I most certainly don’t let it stop me. Read my post will power and see my view on my illness 💜

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