There is something good in every day.
Is there? Is that even a possible concept for those of us who have chronic illness?
The initial response from the chronic illness community is likely to be a resounding “No”.
Pain, procedures, lack of sleep, lack of understanding, countless medical appointments & tests, chronic fatigue, lack of mobility etc. These all overwhelm the mind & body & constantly try to draw our focus away from seeing the moments of joy, moments that are good despite everything our bodies throw at us.
It’s 9.30am & a chilly sunny Sunday winters morning here in Brisbane, Qld. Our winter has finally decided to arrive & being a lover of the cold, I’m a very happy gal. I’m still in bed having slept in after a disturbed night & my beautiful husband is downstairs getting breakfast for us.
My legs don’t move in the mornings until my pain meds start to kick in & even then I struggle with mobility & pain constantly throughout the day, due to my the non healing breaks in my femurs & feet. These are as a result of my rare bone disease. Rheumatoid Arthritis also plays a big part in causing constant pain in my hips, hands, neck & shoulders.
So while all is not good, there is definitely something good to start my mornings. I feel very spoiled to have breakfast in bed every day delivered on a lovely tray. It’s a special bonus found in a chronic situation. A necessary bonus but how nice that something necessary to manage my health can actually be a “good” thing!
There are other “good” things I enjoy every day. Some days they are a little harder to find but they are always there….I just have to look for them.
I enjoy my home. I enjoy pottering in it. I enjoy my soft furnishings & the pretty uplifting areas I’ve created to provide places to rest comfortably & renew my strength. It’s my sanctuary.
I love my online forum & conversing every day with others who truly understand what it’s like living with chronic & complex disease. I love that I have the time to invest in this community & administer it in a way that makes it a safe place for others. I also enjoy actively being involved as a member of a couple of other select online forums.
I love being able to muse & write when moments of inspiration arrive ( or just when I feel like it anyway 😊)
I love listening to music. I love singing.
I love watching my favourite TV shows at lunch time & during my late afternoon rest period.
I love the relative freedom that has come with medical retirement. I obviously miss my work & good health but I am so relieved to not have undue pressures that I just could no longer physically cope with.
The more I look the more I find the good in every day. My list could be expanded but I’m going to stop & enjoy one of the things I really love….my late morning coffee ☕
What little bonuses do you enjoy as a result of your chronic illness? You might be surprised to find what good things have been added to your life when you stop to think about that question💗
If you’re looking for genuine support, care, understanding & friendship, you are so welcome to join my closed Facebook support forum Medical Musings with Friends. It’s a safe place to connect with others living with chronic & complex diseases, who truly understand the daily challenges. A warm welcome awaits.
I’m also a Contributor at “The Mighty”