3 Tips for Redefining Normal with Chronic Illness

 

3 Tips for Redefining Normal with Chronic Illness

What do you do when life hands you a life-altering diagnosis?

You redefine everything you know.

You have to if you want to improve your physical health and emotional well-being. Along the way to your new normal, you will find out how to make new choices and learn from past ones. Most importantly, you will come out stronger and more in control of your medical outcome than you ever thought possible.

Life changes

Normal isn’t going to return even if you find a successful treatment plan and even if your pain levels are managed. Normal stopped when you weren’t looking.

You have been through a lot pain-wise, diagnosis-wise, and life-wise. The people you expected to be there for you weren’t. You had to change careers or life plans, or you gave up your favorite activities. Life has changed and nothing remains the same, and your life will continue to change.

Are you prepared to redefine normal if your health worsens or if a major health event happens?

Read more at http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-information-articles/general/2462-3-tips-for-redefining-normal-with-chronic-illness#toU2ScB26El80hll.99

When You’re Tired of Trying to ‘Remain Grateful’ During a Life of Chronic Illness

Chronic illness came into my life at a time when I thought I had everything in order. I was married, with a newborn and a 9-year-old, and looking at law  schools. One day, I found my life suddenly trampled on by rheumatoid arthritis  (RA) and fibromyalgia and after that, any talk of gratitude would fill me with  anger.

I wasn’t grateful, and the very suggestion I should be seemed to declare my illnesses untrue and insignificant. My life no longer resembled my life. and to make matters worse, it felt like my pain was being discounted.

Long before I got sick, I was often grateful.

Even in the toughest moments of my life, I would focus on all the reasons I was  blessed. I was raised to be appreciative, and I knew it was good for me. But after years of being sick, I didn’t feel like being grateful anymore.

I stayed angry for many years. Because I was sick. Because others weren’t so understanding. Because I had to give up on some of my dreams and because my marriage was failing. And for so many other reasons.

READ MORE AT http://themighty.com/2016/06/finding-gratitude-ith-chronic-illness-even-life-seems-unfair/