To My Love: Thank You for Supporting Me and My Illnesses

To my love,

I want you to know that I am thankful.

I have fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic pain, anxiety and stress, but I am lucky.

Every day is a struggle. I battle against my own body and push beyond my limits to make it through the day, but I am grateful.

My pain levels get so high I struggle to move. My body seizes up and I feel like my limbs are made from lead, but I am fortunate.

There are so many foods that cause my IBS to flare up that I have to modify everything I eat and cook, but I am appreciative.

My health has impacted upon every aspect of my life and I find myself often watching others do the things I wish I could do, but I am content.

I am thankful. I am grateful. I am fortunate. I am appreciative. I am content. I am happy and it is because of you.

You show me unconditional love and support every single day. You listen to me and take the time to learn about my health so you can understand, to the best of your ability, what I go through.

You give me my space when I need a minute to myself, but you’re never too far away.

You know when I’ve reached my limits and you are always nearby preparing my hot water bottles or ready to get my medication, without me needing to even say anything.

You advocate for me when I feel like I’m too weak to make my voice heard.

You will walk at a snail’s pace with me when I’m struggling to walk.

You are forgiving understanding when I get grumpy or snappy, because the pain is so intense.

You understand that my health takes its toll on my body and that the guilt I feel can be overwhelming at times, but you are always there to put my mind at ease and reassure me.

You do all these things without even thinking about it. It has become second nature to you, but I want you to know that I notice every single thing you do for me and I will always be thankful for that.

I want you to know that your attitude and your understanding mean so much to me. But more importantly, I want you to know that your kindness, your support and your love make every day easier, that little bit brighter. I am blessed that you have chosen to spend your life with me, health issues and all.

Thank you.

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