10 Things You Don't See with Chronic Illness

10 Things You Don’t Always See with Chronic Illness

Chronic illness isn’t new to me. I grew up with an incredibly strong mother living with Lupus/Fibromyalgia/Arthritis. She even had both hips replaced at the same time! I know, what a badass right? One of the earliest memories I have, is trying to swing from my mom’s bed trapeze (the aid to help her sit up in bed). And quickly being told, sternly, that it was not a toy πŸ˜›. As a child, I saw glimpses of strength and resilience whenever my mom would walk without an aid, or walk instead of using a wheelchair at an amusement park. I saw my mom have good days and very bad days and because of that, I believe it contributed to developing the strong empathy I have towards others today.

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Why I think I have had IC/BPS since childhood

I think all of us look for a reason or a cause for why a bad thing, like an illness, is happening to us. We want to know so we can find a way to heal or really even just to be able to put blame on something. But what if there is no clear reason?

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Replace Anxiety With Gratitude

If you’re in chronic pain, do everything you can to improve your body and your mind because yesterday I was shown that being pain free is possible with effort and determination.Β 

I had a practically pain free day yesterday! I was able to do things I haven’t been able to do in 11 months. To be honest I can’t really explain exactly why it happened but I like to think it’s been my growth and journey to this point. I am doing everything in my power to have a healthy mind and body to try to get into remission. My diet has been really strict since the spring, I’ve had my endometriosis excised, I do pelvic floor physio therapy twice a week and stretch twice, even three times a day, and I rest when I know my body needs it. All these things I truly believe lead me to having a great day yesterday. Today on the other hand, my bladder flared right after a BM. Am I upset? No. If this was 6 months ago I would have said β€˜hell yes I’m upset’. But throughout this year, I’ve learned about gratitude and that the real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you become about your life, no matter how difficult it is, the more present you become. And the more present you become, the happier you will be.Β Read More »