There is something good in every day.
Is there? Is that even a possible concept for those of us who have chronic illness?
The initial response from the chronic illness community is likely to be a resounding “No”.
Pain, procedures, lack of sleep, lack of understanding, countless medical appointments and tests, chronic fatigue, lack of mobility etc. These all overwhelm the mind and body and constantly try to draw our focus away from seeing the moments of joy.
Moments that are good despite everything our bodies throw at us.
It’s Not All Bad
It’s a cooler morning and being a lover of the cold, I’m a very happy gal. I’m still in bed having slept in after a disturbed night and my beautiful husband is downstairs getting breakfast for us.
My legs don’t move in the mornings until my pain meds start to kick in. Even then I struggle with mobility and pain constantly throughout the day, due to my the non healing breaks in my femurs and feet.
These are as a result of my rare bone disease. Rheumatoid Arthritis also plays a big part in causing constant pain in my hips, hands, neck and shoulders.
So while all is not good, there is definitely something good to start my mornings. I feel very spoiled to have breakfast in bed every day delivered on a lovely tray. It’s a special bonus found in a chronic situation. A necessary bonus but how nice that something necessary to manage my health can actually be a “good” thing!
There Is Plenty Of Good
There are other “good” things I enjoy every day. Some days they are a little harder to find but they are always there….I just have to look for them.
I enjoy my home. I enjoy pottering in it. I enjoy my soft furnishings and the pretty uplifting areas I’ve created to provide places to rest comfortably and renew my strength. It’s my sanctuary.
I love my online forum and conversing every day with others who truly understand what it’s like living with chronic and complex disease.
I love that I have the time to invest in this community and administer it in a way that makes it a safe place for others. I also enjoy actively being involved as a member of a couple of other select online forums.
I love being able to muse and write when moments of inspiration arrive ( or just when I feel like it anyway 😊)
I love listening to music. I love singing.
I love watching my favourite TV shows at lunch time and during my late afternoon rest period.
I love the relative freedom that has come with medical retirement. I obviously miss my work and good health, but I am so relieved not to have undue pressures I can no longer physically cope with.
The more I look the more I find the good in every day. My list could be expanded but I’m going to stop and enjoy one of the things I really love….my late morning coffee ☕
What little bonuses do you enjoy as a result of your chronic illness? You might be surprised to find what good things have been added to your life when you stop to think about that question💗
If you’re looking for genuine support, care, understanding & friendship, you are so welcome to join my closed Facebook support forum Medical Musings with Friends. It’s a safe place to connect with others living with chronic and complex diseases, who truly understand the daily challenges. A warm welcome awaits.
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