It can often be incredibly hard to maintain a positive attitude when living day to day with a chronic illness. By definition ‘chronic’ means; ‘continuing for a long time, constantly reoccurring’. This in itself goes some way to expressing the irritation caused by an illness of this sort. When pain, and (often literally) stomach-curdling symptoms, are a regular part of your day from waking to sleeping, patients generally can’t be blamed for feeling physically and emotionally shattered.
So how do we begin to try and celebrate the little victories in coping with an illness and not allow ourselves to wallow in the inevitable defeats?
Well, firstly, in no hurry.
When I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the age of 25, all of these things were about as far from my mind as humanly possible.
I simply wanted to live.
I wanted to make it through ONE SOLITARY NIGHT without
This piece was written by Kathleen Nicholls you can find her blog on Crohn’s Disease by going here. She can also be found on Facebook and is on Twitter as @kathfantastic. If you like to contribute your story, please get in touch.