Living with a Chronic Illness/ Chronic Pain changes life so completely. For me living with Psoriatic Arthritis and Fibromyalgia has forced me to slow down a great deal to readjust how I deal with the world. I’m most assuredly a Spoonie!
In some ways, it has also made me a better person.
I have time now. Like everyone else, I’ve always had to hustle through my life. Work, work, work, with little time for anything else. One thing we have living with these challenges and being disabled is time. I so enjoy spending time in my garden, with my family and friends. Giving back to my community. Doing all the things I didn’t have time for before.
I’ve learned Patience. Waiting for insurance approval, in Doctors offices, for medications, for lab work. So much of my life is spent waiting. I’ve not only learned Patience, I’ve greatly increased the amount of reading I do. Just sitting and waiting in offices is a wonderful place to read a book!
I’ve also learned to be more patient with myself. I probably won’t finish my daily to-do list and that’s perfectly fine. Every day is a new beginning.
Gratitude to truly appreciate all the little things as well as the big. Time with friends and family. A beautiful sunset. A new day. The sounds of my cats purring. I realized how truly blessed I am.
Creativity true I still can’t draw. However, I truly enjoy writing, cooking, baking and gardening. Making my finances work is truly creative.
To Advocate for Myself ~ I’ve always been really good at standing up for what I believe in. Not so much for myself. Doing the research and truly getting involved in each step of my own care is something I have learned to do since I’ve been living with Chronic Illness.
What have you learned? I’d love to hear from you and be able to add to this list.
I hope this helps. Hugs and Love