Surviving chronic ilness through love: The fourth quality you need when living with a chronic illness is love. Without love there would be no healing. This brings me to the question; what is love? Because of having lived with a rare neurological condition for the past 15 years, my definition of love has expanded. Love used to be a warm fuzzy feeling. It used to be happiness. It used to be acceptance. It used to be joy. It used to be laughter. But today it means that and a whole lot more. Love means time. It means giving of your time not for a few minutes or for a few hours but for days, weeks months and years. It means being there for your loved one when they are at their lowest point in life. It means wiping their tears and soothing their pain. It means knowing who your loved one truly is even when no one else does. It means quitting your job to take care of your loved one. It means going to work to take care of your loved one. It means being an advocate for your loved one when he/she isn’t able to advocate for themselves. Love means not giving up on your loved one. [Read more…]
SURVIVING CHRONIC ILLNESS THROUGH COURAGE
I want to share with you a third quality that is very important to have when surviving chronic illness-Courage. Surviving chronic illness through courage is a quality that has gotten me through the toughest of times! Everyone possesses courage. Courage can be developed through adversity. I’ve always said it’s not what you go through that makes you the person you are, it’s how you react to the situation that you’re dealt with that makes you the person you are! Courage and Strength go hand in hand. You can read about the quality of strength here in my previous post. [Read more…]
SURVIVING CHRONIC ILLNESS THROUGH STRENGTH
I have pondered the question, what are the qualities one needs while living with a chronic illness. There are seven qualities that I can think of that have helped me to overcome the struggles I face. One of the qualities, resilience, I have posted about previously. You can read it here. Today I want to share another one of those qualities, strength. [Read more…]
When Going Through Challenges You Can Learn Positive Lessons!
It’s important to see your challenges as lessons you can learn and grow from. Instead of looking at your life challenge as a negative begin to look for the positives in it. As hard as it may be to do that, you will grow leaps and bounds and you will begin to have an empowered belief that you will overcome your life struggle! [Read more…]
CREATE YOUR OWN SUPPORT SYSTEM
If you’re struggling with any kind of challenge, be it physical, mental or emotional; or if you’ve recently suffered a loss of some kind, you can certainly benefit from building your own support system. Many environments offer support systems; however, if you find yourself without a job or out of school because of what you’ve been going through, finding the support you need is a challenge in itself. Nevertheless, in order to improve, heal, or enjoy a better quality of life, a solid support system is a must.
Keep Putting One Foot In Front Of The Other!
Do your life struggles make it hard for you to keep putting one foot in front of the other? Do you get stuck at times due to your life struggles? Do you sometimes feel like your struggle will never end? If you answered yes to any of those questions, this video is for you to watch! I want you to know that you can make it through anything with focus, determination, support, love, and a positive attitude. I remember plenty of times when I felt like I couldn’t make it through a hardship, but I kept believing and put one foot in front of the other! Even in the most unimaginably difficult times, you will be able to persevere if you keep on trucking along! Stay strong! Know that you aren’t alone! [Read more…]
Surviving Chronic Illness Through Resilience
Surviving chronic illness through resilience: Resilience is the ability to bounce back from each and every fall. Resilience is the ability to recover from an unexpected hardship. Resilience is finding the positive even in the face of adversity. Resilience is possible when the one struggling is supported by family and friends. Resilience is finding help. Resilience is coping with your loss in healthy ways. Resilience does not blame. Resilience does not self medicate. Resilience is believing in yourself. Resilience is possible. Begin with small advances. Find one person who can offer support. [Read more…]
Is Happiness a Choice?
I am all for positive thinking and doing things that make you happy. I’m all for positive self-talk and subconscious messages. But I want to share some food for thought with you. Have you ever heard of the saying, “He laughed to death”? I want to share a story about a man who went to his mother’s funeral and right in the middle of the funeral the man busted out laughing. All the people at the funeral thought he hated his mom and they assumed that the mom must have been cruel. But as he was going home from the funeral, he shared with his friends that he had no idea why he busted out laughing. He felt absolutely terrible about it. The next morning, he woke up and had another laughing attack. He went to the hospital but could not stop laughing and he actually died from suffocation because he could not catch his breath. Well, they did an autopsy on his brain to find a tumor pressing right on the laugh center in the brain. Just like there is a hunger spot, a sleep spot, a reading spot, a speaking spot, a fear spot, etc. there is also a laugh spot. So don’t you think it’s possible there is a happiness center in the brain? There are so many scientists learning new discoveries about the brain right now. In fact, maybe it’s even barbaric to believe that people can just easily choose to be happy. I’ve had much experience with this topic myself. I know that when my brain function is normal, I have no problem with my happiness meter. In fact, even though I have lost five years of my life to amnesia, I’m still a happy person. I love life, pursuing my dreams, learning, and sharing. But when I’m sick, my level of happiness does not even compare to when I’m healthy. I know that is a part of the brain that is being affected by the episode. So if you or someone you care about is having a difficult time with their happiness level, maybe you could rethink how you treat the situation. If you’re harsh toward them, maybe you could be more supportive and understanding. Sometimes happiness is not a choice. It may be that your happiness center is being attacked.
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