When You Are Lonely

One of the hardest things to deal with when you are living with an invisible illness or chronic pain is the lack of validation and support from family and friends. People tend to think that if they can’t see your illness, then it must not exist. They think that if you look fine then you must be fine, but so often that could not be farther from the truth. Read More

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