For chronic pain or illness…

Sometimes when you have a chronic illness one day starts to blur into another. You wake up in pain or sick but try to make the most of the day.

Sometimes you’re lucky enough to be able to get out of bed. Sometimes you can bathe and sometimes you can’t. Sometimes you’re in a good mood and sometimes you’re not.

Sometimes you recognize yourself in the mirror and sometimes you don’t.

You try to find something to eat that won’t hurt your stomach or make you feel worse.

You force yourself to take your medicine or supplements because you know they’re supposed to help.

Sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t.

Sometimes when you have a chronic illness or pain you have to force yourself to try to do something around the house.

Sometimes even one activity can be exhausting.

Sometimes you have to take a nap or rest only a few hours after you woke up.

Sometimes you have someone to talk to and sometimes you don’t.

Sometimes you feel alone and sad and sometimes you are happy for what you do have, especially for the people who love and support you.

Sometimes you wish your illness would just go away even though you know it’s always going to be a work in progress.

Sometimes you cry in pain. Sometimes you’re all cried out.

Sometimes you’re able to forget the pain for a little while and actually have fun and laugh.

Despite the obstacles, you always manage to get through the day.

At night when you say your prayers you pray that tomorrow will be a better day, that you’ll have a little more energy and maybe will be able to do more of what you want.

Sometimes you get some decent rest and sometimes you don’t.

Sometimes the next day is better and sometimes it’s not.

The lesson in all of this is that we have to take what we are given, appreciate the little things and get through the tough days with as much grace and dignity as we can muster.

It’s not easy having any chronic health condition, whether it’s pain, an illness, disease or a mental health issue.

When it feels like no one else knows your struggles and what you go through behind the scenes, you should know that there are many others, just like you, fighting their own battles; people all over the world who are just trying to make the most of every day.

Keep fighting. Keep hoping. Keep being your beautiful self. I can’t promise you it will get better or easier but I can say with absolute certainty that your positive attitude will make a huge difference in the quality of your life.

Sometimes things do get better. Sometimes medicines work. Sometimes miracles happen, big ones and small ones. Sometimes people love and care about you. Sometimes life is really, really good.

Remember that even behind the clouds the sun still shines. Hang in there on hard days and know that those clouds will pass and you will get to bask in the warmth and comfort of the sun again.

Never lose hope. Don’t give up.

Always find something good about the day.

May you and I both have many bright, beautiful, sunny days ahead.

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