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10 Important Life Lessons I Learned From Chronic Illness

10 Important Life Lessons learned from Chronic Illness, by Chronically Hopeful. A woman sits by the window, gazing out while holding a cup of tea. She has shoulder length hair and is smiling contemplatively.

Last year was a tough one for many of us, but looking back I ​realised that I have learned many important lessons which make me stronger and ​better equipped for the year ahead.

So although 2018 was a year of very high highs and very low lows​, there were many ​lessons scattered among both the trials and the triumphs. ​This is the way life goes - it is never linear and it's always changing - but we can always look back and learn something from what we have been through. 

Through the course of each year we ​will grow wiser, we ​will heal old wounds, we ​will get up and try again, but ​each time we will also be a little stronger.

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Book Review: He’s Making Diamonds

Book cover on the left features a diamond shaped mountain with title He's making Diamonds by Sarah Willoughby above. The Title and author name appear in text on the right.

Geared towards teens suffering with chronic illness, this book aims to answer some of those tough questions believers often find themselves asking when things seem to be falling apart. This is Sarah Willoughby's debut work, and I think she has done a great job of highlighting God's heart and love for us even in the midst of suffering.

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Living With Undiagnosed Illness – A Day In The Life Of Jodie

Blue forget-me-not flowers on the left. Title reads Day In My Life with undiagnosed chronic illness, Interview with Jodie, ChronicallyHopeful

In this interview series we highlight various chronic illnesses and the amazing warriors who deal with them daily. My aim is to raise awareness as well as celebrate the many ways in which our fellow warriors overcome the limits illness and disability has placed on them.

Today I have the privilege of sharing Jodie's "A Day In My Life" interview here on Chronically Hopeful. Jodie has fought hard for years to get a diagnosis - a battle that many chronic illness warriors know all too well. She has a lovely blog where she writes about her health, her goals and victories on her road to recovery.

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Have You Ever Seen Somebody In A Wheelchair Get Up And Walk?

A wheelchair parked outside in a field, a woman standing up in front of it. TItle reads: When somebody in a wheelchair gets up and walks. Why do people use wheelchairs if they can walk?

Have you ever been out in town and seen somebody who looks perfectly healthy get out of a car they had just parked in the spot for disabled people or seen somebody on a mobility scooter park outside and walk into the shop? If you are anything like I was before I fell ill, you might think these people are faking and milking the system for benefits and attention, but you'd be wrong, just like I was!

This week is Invisible Disabilities Week. An annual awareness campaign where patients and activists share their knowledge and experience of life with invisible illness and disability. In 2015 I became severely ill with an invisible chronic illness. Before that, I was very judgemental about others when it came to illness and disability.

I believed that if people ate healthy, did exercise and avoided cigarettes, drugs and alcohol that they'd not get sick and that wheelchairs were for people who couldn't walk - the real issue was that I was simply ignorant of the realities of chronic illness and invisible disabilities. I just didn't know any better.

Chronic illness has completely turned my life and the lives of my whole family upside down, restricting me to my house and often my bed for years, but if you ever saw me outside, you'd think I was still completely healthy because my condition doesn't cause any physical deformities and cannot be detected visually. I have an invisible disability.

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How To Have ME Successfully

Char pulling a funny face. Title reads: How to have M.E. successfully. A humorous look at life with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

I came across this fantastic list of guidelines for how to live successfully with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and just had to share it. It's so refreshing to ​read a light-hearted account of life with this ​horrible illness. I'll be sharing this humorous look at life with M.E. below as well as explain the realities of each point in more detail to help with raising awareness. There's also an image you can share on social media. 

So here they are, ​The 11 Rules For Having ME Successfully:

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