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How My Mom Makes a Difference With My Chronic Illness

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Five reasons I’m extra thankful for my mom on Mother’s Day:

1. She helps with every day tasks.

When the spoons have run out, I can always count on Mom for help.

Too tired to cook? My mom will whip up my favorite meal.

Can’t make it to the dry cleaner? My mom will grab it on her way home.

Whatever the dilemma, my mom is willing to take on some chores to lighten my burden.

2. She holds me like I’m still a child.

When my body is out of whack and a flare-up is raging, there is no better spot than being wrapped in a hug by mom.

I can feel the love through her embrace and it definitely makes me feel better, no matter how much pain I’m in.

3. She knows what I need more than I do.

Whether I’m debating on going out with friends or picking up an extra shift, my mom is the voice of reason I can sometimes lack.

She will be honest and tell me that doing these things might take all my energy. Or, she will encourage me to venture out when my symptoms have kept me couch-ridden for days.

4. She’s willing to put everything aside for me.

My mom has told me that I can call her to talk, even if it’s the middle of the night. She has also said she can pick me up when I’m hours away if I needed her. She has taken work off to take care of me, too.

5. She will go with me to appointments.

Whether I need to hold her hand during blood tests or she’s rocking at advocating for my health, my mom is always willing to sit through those doctor visits with me.

Moms are incredible and do these things every day for us. What does your mom do that makes a difference in your chronic illness?

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Originally published: May 12, 2017
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