Don’t Run from Pain: Why You Need to Grieve Your Losses

Life hurts. Sometimes terribly. Oh I know. Four years with chronic illness has taught me that. Things happen in life. Chronic illness is diagnosed. Physical and mental ability are majorly decreased. Pain and disability become a normal part of life. We can no longer do the things we loved. Jobs are lost. Relationships fall apart. [...]

When Christmas isn’t Merry

It took me a few years to realize this: Christmas isn't always merry. Not for everyone. When I faced my third Christmas with chronic illness (and second bed-bound), last December, I realized just how painful holidays can be when you are going through a devastating trial. This time last year, my illness had worsened. Chronic [...]

Chronic Illness Can’t Steal Your Hope

Extreme weakness. Debilitating fatigue. Severe pain. Multiple other symptoms. Every day. For years. Emotional grief and depression. Mental struggles. Spiritual struggles and warfare. Disappointments. Relationship tension and social isolation. Missing out. Crushed hopes and dreams. Uncertain future. These are some of the hard things I have faced and experienced while living with serious chronic illness. [...]