Here’s a question for you: Do you want to get well? Of course you do. All of us living with chronic illnesses want to get well.
Now here’s another question: Are you holding out for getting well? Here’s a similar question: If you found a penny on the sidewalk, would you gratefully pick it up? Or would you keep walking until you found a $1 or maybe a $5 bill on the ground?
What I’m getting at is that none of us with chronic illnesses knows if or when we will be cured. Maybe a miraculous new treatment will be found next year, but maybe one won’t be found, or at least not in our lifetime. Maybe we will discover the combination of standard and alternative treatments that puts our disease into permanent remission – and maybe we won’t.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not criticizing your desire to get well. I completely support and encourage you to do everything you can to regain your full health.
But from coaching many people and from my own struggle with a chronic illness, I know that people often overlook small steps they can take and things they can do to make their lives better right away. They can be simple things like getting some new houseplants or playing your child’s favorite board game with him or her. Or you can reach out to people, maybe some you haven’t talked to in a while.
I encourage you to choose whatever works best for you. Just make sure you keep taking steps to make your life better. And for more ideas of things you can do, you can sign up for my free report: Having a Chronic Illness is the Pits – Here’s How to Live Well Anyway. When you do, you will also get my bi-weekly “Tips For How to Have a Better Life When You Have a Chronic Illness” (from which you can unsubscribe at any time).