Over 100 million American live with chronic health conditions and illnesses, such as autoimmune arthritis, ankylosing spondilitis (AS), multiple sclerosis (MS), diabetes, Crohn’s and lupus to mention only a few. Our symptoms—like pain, fatigue, muscle aches and weakness, disturbances in vision, cognitive difficulty, intestinal distress and memory loss—aren’t always visible to the naked eye. The ones closest to us, such as family, friends and co-workers can’t always recognize the sense of loss, loneliness and isolation, that we as sufferers can experience. In spite of the many obstacles that we strive to overcome daily associated with living with chronic illness, we can strive to live full and very meaningful lives regardless of the severity of our conditions. It takes having a good support system, becoming our own health advocates, through knowledge and education about our conditions, symptoms, medications, natural supplements, appropriate healthy nutrition. While also knowing the types of exercise that works for own individual lifestyle and abilities which helps to reduce our levels of stress, which can trigger symptoms. While striving to maintain a positive mental attitude. As someone living with multiple chronic invisible illnesses, I understand the many daily challenges that sufferers can experience and I encourage you to recognize that as a statistical group, or as beautiful, unique individuals, we are so much stronger than we think! YOU are much strong than you think!!
“You never know how STRONG you are until being strong is the only choice you have” ~Unknown~
“Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” ~Friedrich Nietzsche~
Beautiful people don’t just happen: “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross~