5 Unexpected Ways Chronic Illness Makes You Stronger

You're not broken.

Wendy S. Bradfield
Ascent Publication

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At first glance, chronic illness robs you of your vitality. You feel betrayed by your body. Tricked. Attacked. Cheated. Your identity is divided between before you were sick and after your diagnosis because you can no longer live like you used to.

Debilitating fatigue and prolonged pain aren’t once in a while, but every day. Both of which erode your happiness and capacity to thrive. Canceling plans becomes the usual. Not to mention weight & sleep issues, irritability, and brain fog.

Finally, you're faced with the fact you may need to take medication for the rest of your life. The physical and emotional changes can crush your spirit and leave you wondering — will I ever feel good again?

Expert clinical psychologist, Dr. Paul Greene of the Manhatten Center for Cognitive — Behavioral Therapy states that changing what you can, accepting what you cannot, and mindfulness go a long way in not only managing chronic illness but thriving beyond it. He is 100% right. Over the last 2 years, I've learned just how much your attitude shapes your experience — it's the most important part of managing your condition.

So it begins

I started tailoring my health to my chronic condition in small ways and then in…

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Wendy S. Bradfield
Ascent Publication

A cosmos-driven Egypt-based writer of broken dreams with a motivational flair. I write about love, life, and Egypt. Check me out at Egypteverafter.com