Critical Lessons From a Chronic Illness Warrior

Everyone with a chronic illness is a chronic illness warrior. Remember the day you were diagnosed? Do you remember the mixed feelings you had about your diagnosis? Do you remember feeling relieved to have answers and upset that you have to deal with being sick for the rest of your life? Do you remember feeling scared; yet happy to know it all was not inside of your head?

Of course you remember and that day you were diagnosed, was also the day you set forth on a journey. This journey wasn’t your typical journey; it was a mission. A mission where you became a chronic illness warrior. As you became this warrior, you learned a few things along the line that you hope sharing with others will make things easier for them and their warrior mission.

If you are new to your journey of being a chronic illness warrior here are some things others before you have learned that could help you. This isn’t just for the newly diagnosed either; seasoned warriors might find this useful as well.

On The Topic of Junk Food

Say good-bye to sugary cereal, chocolate, and other junk foods. Modifying your eating habits will play a role in how you feel. When you are sick it is true, you are what you eat, and if you eat a bunch of bad foods, you’re going to feel worse. Is it fair that food affects those who are sick differently than whose who aren’t ill? Of course, it is not fair, but forget about others. Be selfish. You deserve to be that way.

On The Topic of Suffering

Being ill isn’t easy. It takes work, everything from getting out of bed to doctors appointments to flares to medications can all take a toll on someone battling an illness. So, remember that it is okay to be selfish and take care of you. Don’t be afraid to talk about your illness too. Your advocacy can and will help others who are suffering.

On the Topic of Respect

Just because you feel like crap, you do not have a license to be a jerk. Everyone deserves to be respected and just because you are cranky doesn’t mean you need to take it out on your loved ones. You might not be able to control how your illness affects you, but you can have control over how you respond to your illness. Accept your illness for what it is. Denial has a tendency to compound the problem and make people grouch and in turn, causes them to be mean. Do not be that person. Respect yourself and others.

Chronic Illness WarriorOn the Topic of Self-Love

Also, there is nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to your illness. Everyone has things they don’t like about themselves, and that is okay. You are tougher than you think. You deserve great things in life. Embrace yourself with self-love, and you will shine as a person despite your challenges. You get out what you put into this world, so practice self-love, and you will get love back. Hold yourself accountable. You are a good person.

On the Topic of Advocacy

Not only is it important to be your own advocate, but it is also important you have loved ones who can help you advocate. Do not be afraid. Ask questions. Demand answers. Network with others who have your illness and compare notes. Do not be ashamed of your illness get empowered to advocate and get the answers you need for relief.

After it’s all said and done, remember that you are worth the fight. Everyone deserves happiness, kindness, and love, including you. Your illness doesn’t define you. You decide who you are and you can get ahead by taking control of your illness. Practice healthy habits, self-love, advocacy, respect and stop the suffering now.

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Danielle Faith is a graduate of the The University of California, Los Angeles with a Degree in Cultural Geography. She know how your location in life (race, religion, economic status, etc.,) influences how you view the world. Today, Danielle Faith is freelance writer and marketing consultant. She specializes in new media marketing and self-improvement. Not to mention, she has a knack for clarity, and over ten years of experience. Danielle has personal experience with chronic pain and illness. Danielle is a survivor and optimist as well as persistent and driven. When she puts her mind to something it gets done. When she is not writing or checking what’s new on social media, she’s listening to music and relaxing with her dog.

3 thoughts on “Critical Lessons From a Chronic Illness Warrior

  1. I totally agree with the points this article covers. I have dealt with a chronic illness for a few years now. At the beginning of my prognosis, I felt completely hopeless. I was bitter towards my loved ones, felt I deserved to suffer and was afraid to talk to friends and family about what was going on. As more time went by and I became more accepting, it became easier to deal with my illness and my situation. By living through these experiences, you learn more and more lessons similar to this which help you handle the tough things you are going through. At the hardest times, that is what pushes you to keep going

  2. I have watched my younger brother live through a chronic illness for the past 6 months. He has continually struggled with this and lashed out at family members constantly over little things. After reading this article, I will try to pass these lessons on to him and see how he reacts. Hopefully they will make a difference in his life and return him to the same person he was before his diagnosis.

  3. One of my close friends has had to face a chronic illness for almost a decade now. I remember how he had acted when he originally received his diagnosis many years ago. He was cold towards others, felt he deserved to suffered and most of all was hopeless. As he lived through more and more experiences and learned lessons through his illness, he became a “warrior” as stated in this article. He learned a lot through this and that allowed him to come to terms with his situation.

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