Life with a chronic illness is a battle...a battle against our bodies, a battle against our minds...it's a battle...and it's one we fight daily. Unless you live with it too...it's not easy to understand the repeat battles we face.
The old saying "it takes one to know one" comes to mind here. It takes someone who is fighting the same battles you are to truly understand what you're going through. Sure those in our lives try to understand...but they can't really. It's hard for them to imagine what it would be like to hurt each and everyday...they can't fathom that...the thought of pain daily is beyond human comprehension...unless you live it too...then it's reality.
One of the most comforting things I've heard lately is "me too". To know that I'm not the only one or that I'm not alone...has been a gift some days. Although I would never wish this life for anyone, finding people just like me... people who know what this feels like...helped me to begin to heal...to feel supported and encouraged too.
Surround yourself with those who are fighting too and you will find understanding. Yes our battles will be as individual as we are...but...we are more alike than we are unalike. When we stand together facing our battles...we are stronger than our pain.
take good care of you and each other please...together we can do this