For those of you who just got your diagnosis, this might seem nuts, but for those of you who have lived with chronic illness for some time, I hope it makes sense.
Having a chronic illness is not mean the end!
You don’t have to stop doing everything you love. Sure, you might have to adapt some of it, but in most cases you can go on doing it in some way or another. I say ‘in most cases’ because there are always exceptions.
Aa paraplegic climbing mountains might seem impossible to some people. But I’ve seen paraplegics take their chairs up mountains, so it’s not impossible. This video is of one of those people.
If you’re a painter, and you lose your sight, that doesn’t mean you have to stop doing art. There are lots of blind artists. The adaptation here might be to another medium. The picture below was made by a blind artist. His name is Ricky Trione, and if you want to see more of him paintings, just click the picture.
If you’re a musician and you lose your hearing, you can still feel the rhythm in your body.
I’m using pretty extreme examples here because I know there are people with conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis that just stop and give up.
There will, of course, be days, or even months when you’re unable to do this. Maybe a hospital stay or a bad spell. But you’ll do so much better psychologically if you don’t give it up. If you have a goal of being able to do what you love, you’ll get there, and if you’re thinking positively, it will get you there faster than digging yourself into a hole will.
I’ve been living with chronic pain for over 20 years, and I don’t let it stop me. Of course, there are bad days. I’ve got a painting I didn’t finish on Sunday, as planned because I had to rest and let the meds do their job. But as soon as I was able to, I was back at it again.
Keep at it, don’t give up your dreams!
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