In September 2008, I was 32 years old, married, with a newborn and a nine year old, when I learned I had fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. Chronic pain and illness suddenly dominated my world.
That was almost nine years ago and I have learned a lot from this often unfair experience. It seems chronic pain and illness have much to teach us. Here are 9 lessons I’ve learned:
1) I am Stronger than I Ever Imagined
There was a time when I didn’t think I could ever meet the challenges imposed by pain and illness. But you don’t know how strong you are until your world comes crashing down and you are left to deal with the aftermath.
The human spirit and body have a high tolerance for pain. Just when you think you cannot possibly live with it, you find you can. I have had some pretty painful experiences – some so bad I wished for death.
But I am still here – alive and well. Because no matter what, I am stronger than this. And guess what? So are you.