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Five Chronic Illness Reminders You Might Need to Hear

March 11, 2024 • 2 min read
Five Chronic Illness Reminders You Might Need to Hear
Living with a chronic illness takes a tremendous amount of energy every day. Under the immense pressure that comes from chronic illness, it’s easy to feel isolated. The truth is that chronic illness requires you to adjust and adapt to a unique and new reality. Giving yourself grace and accepting that your journey may look different from your peers is essential to navigating your illness with resilience. If you’re struggling with health obstacles, let these reminders inspire and re-energize you.

1. Your Illness Does Not Define Your Worth:

Your illness or the challenges you face do not make you less worthy than your peers. The pace at which you progress may vary from day to day or look different from the progress of others, but it’s an achievement in any form it takes. Living alongside and overcoming an illness is a tremendous feat, and you excel by showing up in your life as your authentic self – whether it’s a productive work day or a restful afternoon.  You deserve all the good that comes your way – success, love, and friendships.

2. Asking for Help is a Sign of Strength  

Reaching out for support is not a weakness. It’s a courageous step towards taking care of yourself. Whether you’re seeking support from loved ones or professional help, asking for help establishes a foundation that makes managing your health and well-being easier. Seize the opportunity to learn from others and exchange ideas. The patient community is an incredible and invaluable place to connect with others who may have new tips and solutions to offer. As you progress through your journey, you’ll find that openness and authenticity enable you to support yourself and others.

3. It’s Okay Not to Be Okay:

Some days will be harder than others, and that’s normal. It’s okay to have moments of sadness, frustration, or envy. Grief is an ongoing process, and everyone experiences it differently. There’s no right way to feel about a significant life change like a chronic illness. Give yourself time and forgiveness for the sacrifices you may have to make as you evolve. Feel the emotions without guilt or judgment and reflect on them. Healing is not linear; it’s a lifelong rollercoaster with ups, downs, and loop de loops.

4. Celebrate Small Victories: 

In your chronic illness journey, every step you take is a victory. Celebrating these moments can ease the burden of illness and remind you of your strength and resilience. Reward yourself for having the courage to face adversity and persevere.

5. You Are Not Alone:

Chronic illness is isolating, but you’re not truly alone. The patient community is full of incredible individuals sharing experiences to uplift one another.  The support of others who can genuinely empathize with your experience is exceptionally healing and empowering. If you’re comfortable with it, consider sharing your own story too. Your experiences have the power to educate, comfort, and improve the lives of others.
To share your story, email info@infusionaccessfoundation.org.

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