When you live with chronic pain, every day your body screams “QUIT!” How do you manage to keep going despite the pain, fatigue, and discouragements that threaten to overwhelm both body and soul? Continuing to put one foot in front of the other when experiencing daily pain and exhaustion is not easy, but it is possible when you adopt thoughts, attitudes, and habits that help you cope instead of quit.
I am thrilled to have my friend Barbara Robbins share an article she wrote on coping with chronic illness. She has experienced chronic illness for many years, and shares the wisdom and godly advice that I wish I had 10 years ago when I was diagnosed.
In Coping with Chronic Illness, by H. Norman Wright and Lynn Ellis, chronic illness is compared to having a career. “You can do poorly or well at it. Doing well doesn’t mean being cured…
Source: Coping with Chronic Illness
Every day we are in a battle–a battle with negative thoughts that we must win if we want to experience real joy. Our thoughts defeat us and keep us captive to emotions like depression, anger, and fear. Perhaps you recognize some of these thoughts:
“This illness will never go away. I am going to be in pain the rest of my life.”
“He is so selfish. He doesn’t understand my pain.”
“I am a failure because I can’t work and contribute to society any more.”