I have lived with a chronic illness for 40 years, I am 45. It is all that I can really remember about
life and have felt like I have had to give so much up because of it. Learning to accept it is a great challenge, one that I am still battling with daily. I try to look at it more from the perspective of what am I gaining because of this disease rather than what I am giving up. As I do so, there are many positives I can finally see becasue they aren't clouded by the negatives I have carried for so long. No it isn't easy and I don't want to make light of it. The good thing is that I am learning to live with my disease rather than be a victim of it. Good luck and please know we are here for you anytime you need us.
We can respond to irritation with a smile instead of scowl, or by giving warm praise instead of icy indifference. By our being understanding instead of abrupt, others, in turn, may decide to hold on a little longer rather than to give way. Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness.