Are you struggling to see the forest beyond the trees?
To be defined by more than your disease can be equated with this metaphor.
The expression ‘Can’t see the forest for the trees’ is applied to one who cannot see past the details of a problem in order to see the situation as a whole. Chronic illness is often like this.
It is easy, especially after first being diagnosed, to focus almost exclusively on your disease. This is not necessarily a bad thing.
Danger looms near when a person never really moves beyond this initial stage.
Providing the illness is not severely debilitating, or a source of almost intolerable pain, it is vital to move your attention beyond the disease to the other pieces that make up the puzzle of your life.Danger looms near when a person never moves beyond focusing on their chronic illness... Click To Tweet
I came to this realization about a year after being diagnosed.
I became cognizant of the fact that the majority of my thoughts were centered around my chronic illness. My life was consumed with: how I ‘felt’, every ache & pain, the impact it was having in my life, each & every symptom…
In short: I was becoming a ‘bore’.
I was laser focusing on ‘myself’ and my situation to a point where it was all I spoke or thought about.
This was not good. Neither for myself, or for the other people in my life.
Therein lies a ‘tricky’ area for those of us living with chronic illness: maintaining the health of our relationships.
Even the most supportive of people are stretched to the limits of their patience when all of our conversations become a platform for talking about ourselves and our disease.
It comes down to ‘balance’.
And ‘balance’ is the next phase of advancement for the chronically ill.
In the spirit of balance, you will see a change soon here at ALWR.
I want to move from a focus on ‘symptomatic control’, to a look at life ‘overall’ with chronic illness.
A ‘lifestyle blog for those living with chronic illness’ if you will.
I will be offering catagories relating to VARYING aspects of our lives, not just being sick.
Here’s a ‘sneak peek’!:
Being Defined By More Than Your Disease & A Sneak Peek At What’s Coming To ALWR!*
Categories to include: ‘Health & Wellness’ ~ (where FMS and CFS/ME will continue to be explored and dealt with)
‘Food’ ~ ( health promoting recipes will be shared, along with articles pertaining to the benefits of certain foods that contribute to the health improvement of Fibromyalgia patients)
‘Beauty’ ~ (because femininity need not be sacrificed on the altar of chronic illness!)
‘Home Decor’ ~ (we spend a great deal of time in our homes, and a positive/visually appealing environment is paramount to ‘feeling good’)…
Plus, more to come!
I’m very excited to continue this journey with you, and to explore what life has to offer us in spite of being chronically ill!
We ARE so much more than our disease!
*Any ‘categories’ or ‘interests’ YOU would like to see included?…Lay it on me in the comment section below!