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9 Movies People With Chronic Illnesses Watch on Rough Days

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It’s a time-honored tradition: Curling up on the couch with a good movie when you’re not feeling well. For people with chronic illnesses, though, “not feeling well” is often a way of life. So they know exactly which movies will help keep your mind distracted on particularly rough days.

We asked our Mighty readers with chronic illnesses what movie they love to watch on tough days. Consider adding these to your Netflix queue.

Here’s what they told us:

1. “Kill Bill”

“Makes me feel powerful to see a woman close to my age function and move so well.” — Amber Wandmaker

2. “Guardians of the Galaxy”

“Something about a group of misfits saving the universe makes me feel better.” — Sarah Wright

3. “Mulan”

“I figure if she could save China, I can deal with this.” 

4. “Frozen”

“The song ‘Let It Go’ is my reminder to let go of my frustration when things don’t go the way I want.” 

5. “It’s a Wonderful Life”

“It makes me want to keep on pushing through the pain for myself and my family. I keep the DVD behind the TV when I need it.” —  –>

6. “Rudy”

“I love seeing him hoisted into the air after putting in so much hard work and heart into being an athlete, even if he wasn’t built like one.” —  –>

7. “Mrs. Doubtfire”

“Robin Williams always makes me laugh!” —  –>


8. “Cinderella Man”

“To see what love and human spirit can overcome. Great movie!” — Gayla Joe-Huckaby

9. “What About Bob?”

“It makes me laugh and get perspective — remember ‘tiny steps.’” — Amy Sue Inskeep

Do you have a favorite movie to watch when you’re having a rough day? Let us know in the comments.

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Originally published: February 18, 2016
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