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12 Vital Things You Need To Know About Chronic Illness, Right Now!

I wish I knew then what I’ve learned up to this point...

There are vital things you need to know about chronic illness.

Ever wish you could go back and give ‘that you’ the wisdom of the ‘you now’? But by definition I guess that’s what makes it ‘wisdom’. It must be learned and gathered along the way.

A diagnosis of chronic illness can seem like such a hopeless pronouncement…but it does not have to be.

Everyone is different, therefore everyone will process their new reality in a unique way. But, although there will be days (perhaps many) that are rough, there will be good ones too.
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Chronic illness, as with any hardship, has a way of refining life. The dross can be burned off, and what is left may be a concentration of purity and beauty that would never have come to life, were it not for the fire.

Speaking simply for myself, I am finding this to be the case. My chronic illnesses are the tools being used to fashion me into a better person ~

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12 Vital Things You Need To Know About Chronic Illness, Right Now!

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12 Vital Things You Need To Know About Chronic Illness, Right Now!

  1. It is OK to feel depressed, down, cry, and mourn over the fact you are chronically ill…just don’t stay there (for your sake and for the sake of those around you)…

  2. Flare days will not last forever. They may suck, but they do get better…

  3. Life far from ‘over’! It may simply be different from what you envisioned, and requires some re-adjusting…

  4. You NEVER have to settle for a health care professional who you are not happy with. Find the doctor who will validate your experience, and treat you with respect…

  5. Some people will just NEVER understand, or be sympathetic to your condition…

  6. In reference to the people in #5 , it is OK to just say, “I’m fine” when they ask. You do not owe everyone an explanation about your physical state. Privacy is allowed…

  7. There will be days you’ll feel like giving up…BUT…morning comes, a new day brings new hope, and there WILL be better times ahead. Life is give and take. Yes, there is bad..but that means there is also good…

  8. We as humans have an amazing ability to adapt to less than ideal circumstances…

  9. Managing symptoms is usually a combination of several factors: whole foods, the right meds for your personal needs, good environment, ect. It’s almost never just one medication or method that relieves symptoms…

  10. In reference to the above: sometimes the protocol stops working as well as it did in the beginning, and may need to be tweaked (our bodies have a tendency to adapt)…

  11. ‘Thankfulness’ and ‘Positivity’  are more often than not a choice of the ‘will’, and requires practice.

  12. ‘Community’ is a good and necessary part of maintaining a balanced and functioning healthcare regime. The more you know you are not alone, the easier your burden becomes to bear…

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6 Comments

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    GGMandy
    March 10 at 12:31 pm

    excellent thoghts here. Gonna Pin and post to FB

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      kristine
      March 12 at 8:23 am

      Thank you GG! Appreciate it 🙂

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        Bronwyn
        March 13 at 3:36 am

        YES THANKYOU, Kristine. I have read a few of your blogs, and have found them all very helpful, and have forwarded them onto others I know of in this boat with us. I have thought about pnning onto FB too, but wasn’t sure how you would feel, as this is your work. I have come across a few comments on FB re some questioning what is wrong/ not understanding Fibro and CFS (also one person was confused with the difference of Fibro and Polymyalgia Rhuematica….she wasn’t sure what her mother had and needed some answers). Your blogs and advice will help many.

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          kristine
          March 13 at 7:02 am

          Hello Bronwyn! You are welcome to pin my articles anywhere, as long as you link back to ALWR and give the proper credit. Just copy and paste the URL, that will take the reader to my website, and article. Thank you so much!

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    Michelle
    March 12 at 5:17 pm

    Wonderful post and so much truth here Kristine:-) I believe that one of the most important things to do to survive these illnesses is to stay positive. We all have times when we hit bottom because of them but then we have to pick ourselves back up again and keep trying. I agree with you about illnesses refining us into different people. I reflect on this often and I too believe it has made me a better person as well. My pain and illnesses have made me much more grateful and caring and I have a much closer relationship with God. I try to not let #5 bother me when it happens but that’s still a work in progress lol Makes me appreciate even more the support of fellow spoonies 🙂

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      kristine
      March 13 at 7:04 am

      Agreed Michelle! ‘Community’ is VITAL to coping in a healthy way with chronic illness! Thanks 😉

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