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How I feel about people living with chronic illness

Today I want to share how I feel about anyone living with chronic illness.  

I admire you.  

I know first hand how rough this road can get.  We are warriors and survivors, and sometimes we don't appreciate or celebrate ourselves enough.  So today and everyday let's give ourselves some love and appreciation!

If you have a chronic, rare, or invisible illness, I admire you. (extra points if you have all three!)
If you take care of someone or love someone with a chronic illness, I admire you.

If you got out of bed today, I admire you.
If you couldn't get out of bed today, I admire you!

If you got to the doctor's office, or scheduled some appointments today, I admire you.
If you had to skip the doctor and stay home, I admire you.

If you did some kind of housework today, I admire you.
If you left the dishes dirty, and the laundry undone, I admire you.

If you took care of children today, I really admire you.
If you needed to be taken care of today, I admire you. (and I'm right there with you)

If you went to work or school today, I admire you.
If you couldn't go to work or school today, I admire you (me either).

If you cooked for yourself or others I admire you.
If it was all you could do to order a pizza, or if you had the courage and self love to ask someone else to cook for you because you could not, I admire you so much.

If you took all of your medications, and hydrated, and ate enough I admire you.
If you missed some meds, or a meal, because you're sick or busy or can't afford it, I admire you.

If you stayed in your pjs all day and watched Netflix I admire you.  I know this is no vacation for you.
If you got up today and were able to be "productive" I admire you, and I hope it lasts, friend.

I admire you all and you are all in my hearts as we walk this path of chronic illness everyday.  I am proud of you for doing your best everyday no matter how large or small that best is.  I admire you, please take a moment to admire yourself no matter what kind of day you've had or what you've "accomplished".

Sending you Healing Hugs and Hope,


  1. Anna, I truly appreciate your words, as I do suffer from Chronic Illness and it's not always a fun time. That being said, I take on every day with a large smile on my face and try and make the best of it. Dwelling only makes it worse so I am not one to ever do that!

    1. That's exactly what I mean when I say we are already positive people! We don't need anyone reminding us to be positive, we live it everyday by slapping on that smile. I'll be sending you warm thoughts and wishes.

  2. All we can do is do out best and that's different for all of us and varies with each day! But we are all strong when we keep going and pushing through, even if that means laying in bed all day!

    1. Absolutely! we are all in different places and shouldn't compare ourselves.

  3. Awe this is very heart felt. Not sure why I was expecting something else I guess cause we live in a negative world. It was nice reading something so heartfelt :-)

    1. I did think the title might be a little misleading... but I am talking about myself too so I couldn't be too negative :)


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