The seemingly never-ending journey that every chronically ill person has to wade through. 🙅♀️🤷♀️
I've been fighting the Lyme battle for quite some time, which means that at some point I've tried almost every diet under the sun. Gluten-free, fat-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, keto, you name it... I've done it. It can take quite a while to find out what works best for you in the realm of food, and there are so many different nutrition theories that are constantly telling you what you should or shouldn't eat. I've learned that diet is different for everyone and that one man's food is another man's poison. For me, I eat organic, and I've completely cut refined sugars from my diet. And that's how I eat so I'm not sick on a constant basis!
I've discovered a weird social quirk through all this "dieting" business though, and that is that a lot of people often feel uncomfortable when you choose not to eat at any social event that involves food. I've often had people make comments about my weight or about how I can't just think I'm better than everyone else because I eat differently. Honestly, I do not think down on people for what they eat, and when I talk about my diet it's because I have a passion for health and wellness, and I'm seriously just trying to stay alive in my Lyme battle! 💪💚❤️😁
Comment down below what you eat to manage your illness, or if you have any funny stories about people jumping to conclusions about your diet! The more we share, the more we can care and understand where others are coming from!
The process of emotional detox that weighs in your stomach and makes your heart physically ache.
So often people who suffer from chronic illness are misperceived to be "negative" or "attention seeking" because of the grief that comes with the trial. The truth is that I generally consider myself to be a happy person, but I've lost SO MUCH in my time of illness. I've lost people I love, and I've lost some of my dreams and aspirations and my ability to achieve them. It's only NATURAL and HEALTHY to grieve. Grief just comes with the territory, and taking time to fully experience and feel those emotions is part of processing and coping with the pain.
The key that we all keep seeking for peace. The key is that we don't give up. In order to let go of the pain, we first have to allow ourselves to feel it. It's okay to take time to grieve and it's okay to not be okay. As we experience this form of pain we can come to a place where we can remember that there is hope and happiness ahead.
When you have a friend who is chronically ill, it's important to hold space for their grief with them. It's important that we don't constantly criticize because it seems like the negativity is frequent. It's important that we love those who are suffering so much that the love can heal the grief and we can be the happy and joyful people that we were meant to be.
Comment below if you experience grief with your illness and some of the things that help you through it!
Welcome to the beginning of Chronically Beautiful's "Chronic Illness Truth" series where we share bluntly honest truths with you about the reality of living with chronic illness! This series will serve two main purposes:
#1: The first purpose is to educate the healthy and help cultivate love, compassion, and understanding to the chronic illness community. The best way to help and serve others is by coming to an awareness of the suffering all around us, and the more knowledge we have, the greater our opportunities we'll have to help.
#2: The second purpose is to build the chronic illness community through sharing things that everyone can relate to so that nobody feels alone or forgotten in their chronic illness journey. Most of these truths that I post will be specific to Lyme disease, but I'm sure that almost anyone with any chronic illness can relate, and that will help us to make connections and form a greater community of support and understanding!
Chronic Truth #1:
It is very common for people to ask me what my illness is when they find out I have a chronic illness, and it's also very common for others to feel uncomfortable about asking. I just want to clarify that it's completely okay for anyone to ask about my illness. It doesn't make me uncomfortable, and I often enjoy the conversation that comes from that question.
One of the funniest things to me is when people mispronounce Lyme disease. Seriously, it's probably one of the easier illnesses to pronounce and yet so many people throw an S at the end of it! Go figure!
Believe it or not, I've actually had people ask me if my illness comes from limes, and it actually comes from a tick or any other biting insect that can carry the bacteria. It can also be passed down to your children, as is my case. My mom has had Lyme from a tick bite since she was nine, and therefore I was born with it.
It never ceases to amaze me how strong anyone with a chronic illness is. I've spent many a morning wondering how on earth I'm still alive after the night before, and yet I'm still here and I'm still kicking! I've seen this phenomenon among many chronically ill people. We truly are WARRIORS who fight long and hard for our lives, and as we do so we often feel worn down and exhausted from fighting the fight. Nevertheless, we value life, and we continue to fight in hopes that we can be healed and then help others on their healing journey.
Comment below if you've ever had someone mispronounce your illness, or if you're completely amazed at how you're still alive! And stay tuned for more of our Chronic Illness Truth series!