There is something good in every day.
Is there? Is that even a possible concept for those of us who have chronic diseases?
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 evening and being a lover of the cold, I’m a very happy gal. I’m lying on the bed resting my bones, while my beautiful husband is cooking a comforting stew for dinner.
My legs don’t move in the mornings until my pain meds start to kick in. The same thing happens late afternoon as I wait to take my evening medication.
Even with medication I struggle with mobility and pain constantly throughout the day, due to my the non healing breaks in my femurs and feet.
My bone disease, more recently, is attacking my lumbar spine with severe stenosis, disc prolapses and fractures.
Rheumatoid arthritis also plays a big part in causing constant pain in my hips, hands, neck, jaw, knees and shoulders.
So while all is not good in terms of my disease progression, there is definitely something good to be found in each and every day. I feel very blessed to have recently moved into a lovely lowset home. It’s a special bonus found in a chronic situation. A necessary bonus but how nice 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.
No matter where I live, I always enjoy my home. I enjoy pottering in it. I enjoy my soft furnishings and the pretty uplifting areas I’ve created, allowing me to rest comfortably and renew my strength. My home is my sanctuary.
I love my online forum. I love chatting 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).
To have recently had my first book published has been one of the most amazing achievements in my life. I loved the whole process of it, from writing, editing, marketing and I even received my first Royalties payment. Now that was a surreal moment, especially as I gave away more books than I sold!
I have also recently accepted an “Editor” position. To be able to read other’s stories and help make them shine, is pure joy, an honour and a huge responsibility. It seems, the longer I’m living with chronic disease, the more opportunities present themselves, allowing me to find new purpose. I’m so grateful!
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.
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
2 Corinthians 9v8
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