My rheumatologist was telling me about a patient who had just left her office who is angry at the world because he is struggling with his condition. She had shared an article on the importance of sleep with chronic conditions and he wrote “moron” over the author’s name because what could the author possibly know about sleep if he doesn’t live with chronic illness.
As someone who lives with two chronic conditions and battles a whole bunch of side effects from the medications, including insomnia, I can understand his frustration. However, I choose to accept that this is my life now and live the best way I can in this body. That doesn’t mean I’m happy all the time, or have found meaning in my chronic illness, nor do I see the “good” in it as she suggested. It just means that I’m choosing to live positively, when I can. I don’t want it to define me and I have always been a positive person, so I will continue to be positive.
Negativity can be contagious. If you are surrounded by negative people, you tend to be more negative. The good news is, it isn’t a permanent state of mind. You can find ways to be more positive. On that note, here’s my inspirational quote for this week.