30 Ways My Life Changed Because Of Chronic Illness #Affiliate

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      1. It takes me a lot more time to complete small, simple tasks than it did before. Sometimes this is because I’m in pain and sometimes it’s because I have to think through the task as I’m doing it.
      2. I can’t skip a meal anymore. Meals no longer mean just eating food…they denote a regime of medications designed to keep me free of pain and functioning.
      3. My sleeping patterns are more erratic. Sometimes it seems like there’s a live wire in my brain or I’m in too much pain to sleep and other times I sleep for twelve hours and still feel tired.
      4. Because of chronic illness, work isn’t just work. It’s a careful, constant balance of getting my work done, finding time to take my medications and eat food, and not exhausting myself.
      5. Social outings are a doubled edge sword: I love spending time with my friends and family but I always feel worse afterward.
      6. I’ve learned how to keep myself busy on bad days. I never get tired of curling up with my cat and watching Netflix reruns.
      7. Speaking of my cat, I’m a lot closer to him now. I spend a lot more time in his territory (my bed).
      8. I shop online more. Amazon Prime has become my favorite website to shop online. They get whatever I need to my doorstep in just two days. You can get a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime through this link: Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial
      9. Holidays look different. Last year, we just got together and went out to eat at a restaurant. No cooking, traveling or wading through the crowds of holiday shoppers was really nice. It did wonders for my stress level and my health.
      10. Because of chronic illness, my appearance has changed. I used to be lean and muscular from going to the gym and running several miles per day. I’ve lost weight in some places and gained weight in others. I’ve had to learn to accept my body for what it is now.
      11. Daily chores are measured and prioritized. What do I need to get done right now versus later? What can be put off for another day?
      12. Activities that I took for granted such as taking a shower or vacuuming have become difficult to do on bad days. I sometimes have to ask for help with household chores and put off activities like bathing for when I feel better.
      13. Doctors have become a regular presence in my life. In fact, I see them more often than I see my friends.
      14. I keep two journals now: one for talking about my feelings and one for documenting my symptoms.
      15. I listen to music more. It can be very therapeutic on bad days. Even when I’m just cooking or working on my blog, I put my earbuds in and tune the world out. My favorite music streaming service is Amazon Prime. You can get a 30-day free trial by going to this link: Join Amazon Prime Music – The Only Music Streaming Service with Free 2-day Shipping – 30-day Free Trial
      16. I prioritize what’s really important to me (being well, my family, having a career/job that I can actually do). I think about ways I can build my life in such a way to support those priorities.
      17. I spend more time talking to my mom. Everyone should have a person they can sound off to, and that person for me is my mom.
      18. Because of chronic illness, I’m no longer the carefree twenty-something year old that I used to be. I worry about things like health insurance, benefits, medications, doctor’s appointments, etc.
      19. I pay closer attention to politics now. I even changed my political affiliation to reflect my new priorities. I care more about issues such as disability rights, Medicare, Medicaid, health insurance and healthcare.
      20. I spend much of my spare time writing. It’s not that I don’t trust my family or friends to hear about all of the things that I have to say, it’s just that I recognize that there are some things that I can only work out with a pen and paper.
      21. I have more hobbies and interests now, but less energy to actually do them.
      22. Because of chronic illness, I prioritize my blogging activities more efficiently. This is not out choice but out of necessity; having reduced energy means that I have less time to work on my blog. I try to make every moment on this blog count.
      23. I’ve lost several close friends and family members. People who I always thought would be there, gradually disappeared from my life. Acquaintances that I barely knew have stepped up and become some of my best friends.
      24. I’ve become proficient in medical lingo. The last time my doctor prescribed a new medication to me, I mentioned the potential side effects before she did.
      25. I stopped trying to control or limit my emotions. I allow myself to feel however I want to about my chronic illnesses. If I feel angry, I let myself be angry for a little while. If I’m sad, I allow myself to cry.
      26. Because of chronic illness, I have a newfound appreciation for how empathetic my pets can be, especially when my cat curls up behind my aching knees or my golden retriever gently nudges my face in the morning to wake me up.
      27. I’ve learned how to say “no.” I know that I don’t have to do everything for everyone all of the time. If I feel like taking a new project on, then that’s one thing. But I try not to let myself feel pressured by myself or anyone else to do something I don’t want to do.
      28. I try not to judge a book by its cover. I know what it feels like to be the youngest person in a doctor’s office, to have people ignore my needs based on my age or appearance. I wouldn’t wish that kind of experience on anyone, and I do my best to not contribute to it.
      29. I’ve learned how to make myself laugh. Whether it’s by watching silly cat videos on Youtube, my favorite comedy late-night show, or making goofy jokes with my family, I’ve become better at making myself (and others) laugh.
      30. Because of chronic illness, I truly appreciate the good days that I have. I do everything that I can to make sure that I don’t take those moments for granted.

How has your life changed #BecauseOfChronicIllness? Join the conversation on Twitter and let me know! 

– Hannah @ Knittering In Appalachia (@knitteringinapp)

One thought on “30 Ways My Life Changed Because Of Chronic Illness #Affiliate

  1. Candy Walsh says:

    I completely agree with every single point you made. I’m so sorry that you too have to live with Chronic Illness. It is definitely a life changer~it has touched and changed everything about who I used to be.
    Blessings and gentle hugs,
    Candy

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