Category Archives for "Encouragement"

Living With Severe ME/CFS, Who Am I Now?

Char lying on the bed, feeling ill. Title reads: Living with severe M.E. Who am I now? When it feels like you've lost your identity to chronic illness

Who am I? When living with severe chronic illness it can be easy to feel like you've lost your identity. When experiencing a loss of identity, you start doubting yourself, you lose confidence, you lack purpose and vision. You start to feel useless. It is important to reflect and ​remember who you are​. Reignite your dreams and goals, your passion and purpose. ​

​Being diagnosed with a severe chronic illness means those things can become a bit blurry. When you can no longer do the job or hobbies you used to do or think and learn and read and move the way you used to, it can seem like all those plans you had for your life are a distant memory, an impossibility...

The truth is that although things are very different now, it's still possible to find joy and meaning in every day and even discover or fulfil your purpose.

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Life is like a twisting roller-coaster ride

It’s easy to get caught up in all the negatives that happen in life. Things don’t go your way, you fall ill, you lose people or your job, you feel sick, there are just so many things that can bring us down, but this is just part of life.

The minute we stop expecting life to be a fairytale and accept reality, that’s the moment we open ourselves up to the truth and the freedom that comes with it. It’s hard to expect perfection at all times. It’s hard on ourselves and on those around us. Nobody can live up to that expectation. Life doesn’t work that way.Continue reading

Do You Feel Like Giving Up? Where To Get Help When You Can’t Cope

Man holding his head in his hands. Title Reads, Where to get help when you feel like giving up. Helplines & Prayer Partners available 24/7 Worldwide.

In the chronic illness community, I have found some of the strongest people you will ever come across. They are warriors who fight many battles daily, often against their own bodies or minds, just to get through each day. As much as there is hope and strength, there is also a lot of neglect and isolation. It is natural in these lonely and scary times to feel like giving up.

I often come across people who are losing all hope, but there is so much support and love available to us if we just reach out or know where to look. I hope this post will help you to find the support you need.

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You’ve Got This: You’re A Warrior And A Survivor

A woman looking off to the side, she's sad and demotivated

When living with a chronic illness, whether it's a physiological or psychological condition, it is common to start doubting yourself. Your confidence dwindles as you lose the ability to function the way you once did. You might start to feel useless, helpless and hopeless, but there is so much you can still offer the world, don't let doubt and negative self-talk steal your joy and faith!

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The Wind In My Sails: Celebrating The Small Things

A sailboat on the ocean.

Sometimes, when we're living with a chronic illness, no matter how hard we try to do the right thing, we just flare anyway. Most of us have experienced this to some degree. For example, you might wake up in the morning and feel like a ton of bricks are weighing you down into the mattress and every movement is painful and exhausting. You can't for the life of you remember what you might have done in the days before to warrant such a flare up.

Sometimes there's no avoiding it no matter how well you pace, eat, stretch or pray, but throughout these random and fluctuating conditions we live with, our lives are still scattered with little blessings that carry us along the choppy seas. Small pockets of joy or peace that fill us up and give us the much needed boost forward. Today I'm reflecting on these little blessings - the wind in my sails driving me forward.

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