BLOG POSTS GUARANTEED TO INSPIRE
The inspiration for this post is due to Jackie Ison who wrote 11 Pinterest Blog Posts That Will Make You an Expert in No Time.
Chronically ill bloggers embody heroic lessons in courage.
It takes sheer grit and guts to survive from one pain – filled day to the next. But these bloggers do much more than that.
They bravely blog about the daily trauma of living with a chronic condition. Fearlessly, they voice the demons that plague them to ease the burden of others who live with this dreadful diagnosis.
THE EFFECT OF BLOGS WRITTEN BY BLOGGERS WHO LIVE WITH CHRONIC DISEASE
Blogs like those listed below are a game changer for many. They inspire toughness and resolve to cope with the terribleness of living with the monster of chronic illness.
Literally, the motto digested is – if Sheryl or Jenni (or whichever blogger they’re reading) can, then so can I.
Their sensitive, true-life accounts offer solace and comfort. They motivate fellow spoonies to persevere and never quit no matter how bad it gets.
This post profiles 4 selfless chronic illness warriors who touched me in my journey with my chronic condition.
The blog posts impacted me deeply. So, if you are a spoonie like me, I hope you will get a few tips to help you cope better with your disease.
PHOTO CREDIT: SHERYL
This blog post is written by Sheryl who blogs at achronicvoice.com. Her blog
name and tagline, Articulating lifelong illness sum up her stance. She aims to give to and be a voice for people who live with chronic diseases.
Sheryl is a powerhouse in this field, having contributed to major publications like Huffington Post, Thrive Global and The Mighty to name just a few.
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Sheryl uses the simple act of having her hair washed by a loved one as a starting point to show the possibility of joy in the midst of pain.
Her stark analogy of living with a life sentence is a striking one that we spoonies can easily identify with.
However, Sheryl goes beyond merely relating the facts of her life with multiple chronic conditions.
It is a mere prop to her real intention – to motivate you to find happiness no matter how bleak your diagnosis and your life may be.
Here’s her list of joys despite being wracked by chronic pain:
– writing which is both cathartic and nurturing at the same time
– travel which lifts her spirits by exposure to other cultures and countries
– friendships that are genuine and unselfish
You can’t help but be motivated to cast off the safety net of home and family and to get out there and live life to the max.
Check out Sheryl’s blog at achronicvoice.com. You’re sure to find loads of engaging, helpful content to bolster you on your down days.
WHAT’S THE SECRET TO BEING AS WELL AS POSSIBLE (AWAP) IN SPITE OF CHRONIC PAIN AND ILLNESS?
START WITH ACCEPTANCE
PHOTO CREDIT: JENNI
This blog post is by Jenni who blogs at chronicbabe.com.
She has an online community and a YouTube channel to give support and to ‘ young women who wish to rock their lives ‘.
A remarkable achievement is her book CHRONIC BABE 101. It is subtitled How to Craft an Incredible Life Beyond Illness. It sums up Jenni’s view of her life with multiple chronic conditions perfectly – to live an amazing life in spite of the unwelcome disease.
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Jenni deals with the importance of acceptance if you live with a chronic condition. The power of being AWAP (as well as possible) is simply
Jenni sees acceptance as the pillar to support you in your desire to not sit home like a pot plant. Instead, it is the key which unlocks the door to tackle life head-on.
JENNI’S ACCEPTANCE TIPS
– practice acceptance of your chronic disease daily but embrace life and all its possibilities to the full
– accept your diagnosis and take time to grieve the loss of your good health
– haunting Google will not change the diagnosis but accepting it will help you carve a new life for yourself
– ask for help when you need it
– develop a simple routine that allows you to get the max out of your day
Head over to Jenni’s blog at chronicbabe.com, and watch her AWAP ( as well as possible) Wednesday series on the blog or on YouTube for heaps of inspiration.
Her book CHRONIC BABE 101 is available on Amazon.
GUILTY OF BEING CHRONICALLY ILL
PHOTO CREDIT: NIKKI
This blog post is by Nikki who blogs at brainlessblogger.net. She explains
that the blog is named after ‘ brain fog and fibro fog ‘. Her aim is to
add a fresh look at life with a chronic condition.
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Here Nikki tackles the issue of chronic illness guilt. She starts with a grocery list of the reasons for spoonie guilt.
A few are the disappointment in not reaching personal goals, not being able to function 100% at work and the failure to socialize with friends.
She is vehement in the unfair criticism of people who live with invisible
illnesses. That they are wrongly labeled as lazy.
NIKKI’S ADVICE ON CHRONIC ILLNESS GUILT
– ditch the guilt because there is ‘ no shame in being chronically ill ‘
– you did not invite your chronic condition into your life
– reject harsh judgments that you are lazy
– understand and focus on what you can do rather than what you can’t
– credit yourself for doing your best
Visit Nikki at brainlessblogger.net. Her site is loaded with articles to encourage you to live your best life despite your sickness.
PHOTO CREDIT: JANICE
This post is written by Janice who blogs with her twin sister at 5MinutesforMom.com.
Their goal is to offer a ‘ go-to site for moms ‘ to inform, entertain and support.
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Here, Janice relates her personal chronic illness story. Her tone is of a confidence shared and inevitably tugs at your heartstrings. We grieve with her for the 14-year old whose life was captured by a disease often insultingly
referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
JANICE’S ADVICE ON CHRONIC ILLNESS
– get off the rollercoaster to find-a-cure
– accept the chronic disease
– grieve for your lost good health
– focus on a strategy to live life to the max with the condition
– be grateful for what you do have rather than what you don’t
– listen to your body and rest up to function better
Browse Janice’s blog at 5MinutesforMom.com. You will find info on a range of topics to maximize your lifestyle choices.
LESSONS IN COURAGE
So, what are the lessons to be learned from these chronic illness warriors?
– acceptance of the illness is the key to a better life
– take time to mourn your loss or else you will never move forward
– create a plan to enable you to live your best life
– work on maintaining a positive attitude
– build a network which supports, motivates and challenges you to be your best
Do you have any tips to share about life with a chronic illness? Please feel free to share them in the comments below.
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