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Little Changes

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Maybe I’m Just Faking It...But it Works!

I often fake that I’m feeling ok. The pain in my stomach is terrible, my head is splitting, and I can barely get up. All I want to do is lie down, but I don’t. Instead, I get up and clean the house. Make a nice meal I know I can’t eat, just to look at it. And then invite people over to spend time together, watch movies, and laugh.

If it seems counter-intuitive, it is...even for most doctors. We’re often told to let our emotions out, not bottle them up. When you’re tired, say so. When you’re sick, talk about it.

When you have a chronic, permanent condition, you have a choice. Talk about it ALL THE TIME....or sometimes, once in a while.... just pretend it doesn’t exist.

Science has shown that the mere act of smiling can lift your mood, even if you weren’t feeling happy before you did it. Smiling and laughing also decrease pain perception and increase pain tolerance. Spending time with friends and family can be just the distraction you need to get through five or ten minutes of intense pain.

For a long time, I didn’t cook. I didn’t clean, or take proper care of myself. I thought that no-one would see me anyway. No-one would ever see my house. I was depressed, not coping well with my illness, and letting myself be sick.

There is a big difference between feeling sick and being sick. Sickness may be your new normal, but it doesn’t have to be your life.

Let yourself keel over in pain between rounds of scrabble....but keep playing anyway. Disguise your winces of pain with hearty laughter while watching a funny movie. Let your friends and family hold, hug, and support you when things get bad.

We are still people, still alive, and still able to enjoy life. And we deserve that. We work harder than anyone to earn it! #Health #Inspiring #ChronicIllness #CopingTips #CopingWithCancer #copingstrategies #autoimmune