Living with a chronic illness is difficult, learn what you can do to help
The challenges posed by illness and pain are obvious to fellow chronic illness suffers but healthy people don’t know what these are. In fact, most are often misinformed about the daily battle faced by people with chronic pain diseases.
By understanding how pain and illness work, you can better grasp what chronically illness patients go through on a daily basis. Here are five facts you to need to understand to help loved ones who live with chronic illness and pain.
1 – Illness and Pain are Exhausting. Constantly fighting to regain our health and living with symptoms and pain is hard work. Sometimes, the need to be and act like healthy people is so strong that we push ourselves to do what our bodies reasonably cannot do. More often, however, we try to find a middle ground between managing our health and gently challenging our bodies so we don’t fall in the pattern of overexerting ourselves. But that requires constant accessing and adjusting and that, too, can be both physically and mentally tiring.
How you can help: You can start by checking your own patience. You cannot expect someone who is dealing with daily pain and illness to just get over what they are going through. A chronic illness sufferer may not help out as often or have to cancel plans at the last minute but you can help by not taking this personally. Think about how lucky you are that you are still physically able to still enjoy the things you love.