How to Find Hope Through Acceptance

Life is hard enough without having a chronic illness. The stress of chronic illness and pain can push us right over the edge to a place where life becomes unbearable and all hope is gone. We desperately need the kind of hope that withstands the difficulties of life. One way to begin to find hope is through acceptance.

It took me ten years to come to the place where I accepted that my fibromyalgia and chronic pain were not going away. When I finally got to that place of peace, I was accused of both choosing to make illness my identity and not having enough faith that God would heal me. I was prayed for and prayed over. I was told I needed to exercise more, take supplements, lose weight, stop taking so much medicine, drink special water (two different kinds, in fact), and quit being lazy.

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How To Live Well With Chronic Illness, Part 2

Living with chronic pain or illness is difficult, no doubt. When I was first diagnosed, my kids were 2 and 4, and life was chaotic. I was exhausted all the time and found very little support. I felt like a fish floundering on the sea shore and had to learn a lot of things the hard way. Now that my kids are 11 and 13, I still feel like I am learning things the hard way. I wish I could say I figured out how to handle life with grace and wisdom, but that is rarely true. There are some things I have learned, though, that I can share which I hope will be an encouragement to you. The following ideas are a continuation of my last post, “How To Live Well With Chronic Illness.” I hope they are a help to you in your own journey. Read More

How to Live Well With Chronic Illness, Part 1

Life changes drastically when you are diagnosed with a chronic illness. The life you thought you would have is permanently altered, and learning how to cope and live well despite these changes isn’t easy. The following suggestions will help as you navigate this path you have found yourself on. It is born out of twenty years of medical experience, fifteen years of chronic pain, and eight years of life with a chronic illness. I hope it is helpful to you. Read More