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The Benefits Of Traveling With Chronic Illness ~ Perspective Changing Ideas/Part 2 of 3

September 22

Oh my head! The cheese gone slipped off that girl’s cracker! How can there be ANY benefits to traveling with chronic illness?

The benefits of traveling with chronic illness can be found. Its simply a matter of perspective. So no, my ‘cheese has not slipped off my cracker’. At least not yet.

I’m not promoting a ‘glass half full’/’look on the bright side’ type of optimism. I’m talking about looking at the situation with genuine honesty. I have found that many ‘hardships’ in my life where not completely bad. In fact, the hardest ones yielded the most ‘good fruit’ that I am now able to glean and learn from.

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I was thinking about my upcoming trip to Dallas, and my mind wandered to the inevitable pain and fatigue I will be dealing with. Paradoxically, got me thinking about how fortunate I am:

The Benefits Of Traveling With Chronic Illness ~ Perspective Changing Ideas

  • Fortunate ~ that I have a trip to go on.

  • Fortunate ~ to spend time with some of the few people in the world I feel genuinely comfortable around, people I truly enjoy spending time with.

  • Fortunate ~ to be traveling someplace I have never been before. To be able to anticipate all the delightful new experiences that are waiting for me.

  • Fortunate ~  that I live in a time of ‘modern medicine’, and have the pharmaceutical tools to find relief when needed.

  • Fortunate ~ for the life I have been given, and the air moving in and out of my lungs. Thankful for the fact that I still live in a free country where I can move about as I please, and that I will have fond new memories to pull from in the future when I need to focus on something good.

It is easy to be negative. Complaining is something I’ve never had to work hard at, it comes naturally. ‘Thankfulness’ is a skill I will be forever learning.

The speech Robin William’s {still miss his talent!} character made in ‘Good Will Hunting’ sums up my point on ‘perspective’:

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12 Comments

  • Reply Genevieve September 22 at 10:49 am

    LOVE this. I am about to head out for my first “vacation” in 3 years. Im nervous because I am traveling in my wheelchair and Ive never flown since becoming disabled but like you, I am trying to be grateful and just have a god attitude and a sense of humor about all of it. I LOVE this: “’m not promoting a ‘glass half full’/’look on the bright side’ type of optimism. I’m talking about looking at the situation with genuine honesty. I have found that many ‘hardships’ in my life where not completely bad. In fact, the hardest ones yielded the most ‘good fruit’ that I am now able to glean and learn from.” I like your style lady 😉
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    • Reply kristine September 22 at 12:22 pm

      Have a WONDERFUL time Genevieve! I hope its more than you could have imagined it to be! Much love and thanks to you 😉 ♥♥♥

    • Reply Lynn October 1 at 8:51 pm

      We recently returned from a trip to Lubbock, TX. this September. We had not been out of Colorado for 15 years. I was anticipating aches and pains from the drive, sleeplessness, GI issues and general malaise. Surprise, surprise! It was not till I returned to Colorado that I had all the above symptoms. It was humid, warm and wet with occasional sunshine in New Mexico and Texas. I’m more than puzzled and excited that another trip could be in my future.

      • Reply kristine October 2 at 4:31 pm

        That is interesting! Wonder if it was the weather…? 🙂

        • Reply Cat aka TimeyWimeyGirl7 October 2 at 6:00 pm

          I agree with Kristine that it could have been the weather. Another thought I had with your comment was this: there are times I can have company and enjoy myself. Do more than my usual and take less naps But after a couple of days of that, no matter how much I am enjoying it , it starts out like a slow steamroller. The pain suddenly hits and increases over the. Next couple
          Of days during which I have to rest or it will only last longer. I call it the cost of well basically everything. I figure some things are worth it while others aren’t. Do u find things like this happen at home sometimes? If so maybe that’s the culprit?

  • Reply Cat aka TimeyWimeyGirl7 September 26 at 8:12 pm

    Recently I have had to travel for numerous reasons. One was a funeral. The others were prior to finding our home, we went looking a few times. Granted when the time came, I was at home in NJ face timing my fiancée during the walkthrough. Thank God for modern technology.

    One of the few benefits of being unable to get around easily and having to use a wheelchair in the airport is that you get through security faster. Unfortunately & fortunately(depending on the airline. Let’s just say American falls into the first category for me), you are dependent on the kindness & efficiency of the staff.

    One of the many things I have learned since becoming ill…..some things & some people are worth your pain. Moving was hell but was well worth it! I know who is worth my pain and I refuse to suffer for those that aren’t sooo anytime I do travel. It’s well worth it 🙂

    • Reply kristine September 28 at 9:53 am

      WHat a bummer about American, Cat! 🙁 So sorry you had to go through a bad experience. But I’m glad you are in Florida now, and doing well! 🙂

      • Reply Cat aka TimeyWimeyGirl7 October 2 at 6:03 pm

        Thank you! I wish I could say everything has gone as planned but the first week we were here. I broke my foot. It’s still healing 6 weeks later….I love my new home and can’t wait to be able to walk again. Lol

  • Reply Alysha September 26 at 11:31 pm

    Inspirational words. Thank you.

    • Reply kristine September 28 at 9:51 am

      You are so welcome Alysha! 🙂

  • Reply Sarah October 27 at 8:20 am

    I totally agree .. Gratitude is priceless & we are all extremely lucky to be here & living our lives.
    There really is always someone worse off x

    • Reply kristine October 27 at 9:28 am

      Very true Sarah! Have a good one 😉

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