In my last blog post, I talked about living with a chronic illness. I’ve learned a lot during this time and what you can do to help support someone that is dealing with a chronic illness.
Do your research –
Once I was diagnosed, I wanted to get my hands on as much information as I could. I have spent time reading books, pouring over websites and blogs, and looking for natural products to use. My latest read is The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook by Mickey Trescott, NTP and Angie Alt, NTC, CHC.
One of the apps that I use on a regular basis is Think Dirty. It is free in the App Store and allows you to scan or search personal items that you are considering for use. The app gives you a score from 0-10. A score of 0 indicates that the product does not contain harmful chemicals. A score of 10 indicates that the product is full of harmful chemicals. This helps me to make an informed decision before I purchase something.
Don’t listen to the negative –
I am hopeful that you have the support of people in your circle. There are also people that don’t understand what you are going through. I’ve had people say some very discouraging things to me. The bottom line is that others do not know what you are experiencing each day. They aren’t walking in your shoes, feeling your pain, eating your diet, feeling your exhaustion, or experiencing your frustration. Ignore the naysayers. They aren’t worth your time.
Speak up for yourself –
While dealing with a chronic illness, it is important to find your voice. You need to be an advocate for yourself. It’s not easy to say, “no.” I found that even though I wanted to do things, my body wasn’t up for it. Once I started speaking up for myself, I found that the stress of feeling that I needed to be there dissipated. I still like to be social; just at my pace.
Stay positive –
It’s not easy to stay positive. There are days that I am in pain and exhausted. There are days when I would rather not get out of bed. I’ve learned that there is always something to be positive about. I try to fill my time with something that I enjoy doing whether it is devotions, reading, journaling, crafting, genealogy, or puzzles. These things help to take my mind off of the negative thoughts and feelings that I may have. I’m not saying that I don’t have my weak moments. Focusing on other things helps me to focus less on my illness and helps me to remain positive.
Have Faith –
One of the things that have helped me through my health journey is my faith in Christ. I spend time reading the Bible, doing devotions, praying, and keeping a journal. My faith has strengthened during this time. This helps me when things get tough. I have faith that things will get better and thank God when they do.
In previous posts, I’ve shared a Christmas card planner and a Christmas gift planner. Today I’m sharing a Christmas meal planner. Enjoy.