It sounds preposterous that there would be any benefits to being chronically ill. Surprisingly, being ill has taught me so many life lessons, and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without having being sick.
- Making friends
I can honestly say, I have met the most inspirational, selfless and kind-hearted people. It’s nice to know that someone out there knows exactly what you’re going through. Also, being chronically ill also comes hand in hand with a lot of medical procedures. I found myself being able to share my every thoughts and feelings with other spoonies, and not feel judged for telling them I’m scared of my upcoming blood tests…
- Losing friends
This may seem like a strange benefit to have. Ever since I first became ill 12 years ago, I have lost friends that I would class as my closest mates. Chronic illnesses definitely enlighten you on who you thought were your true friends, but turn into just point blankly, dicks.
Luckily for me, I have found my soul mate, who’s visited me in the hospital, came over my house when I was bed bound, and has eaten endless amount of take aways with me. For that, Mikey will forever be my best friend.
I was determined to sit my GCSE exams. I did. I was determined to go to prom. I did. I am determined to get better and tell people that my illnesses don’t affect me anymore. My illnesses teach me to create goals and grab them with both hands.
- Appreciating the little things
Things like the sun shining through the window, the birds tweeting at 4am, a simple text, your friends getting a promotion, freshly picked flowers, visitors, the lot. You never know whats around the corner.
- Learning to be proud of yourself
There are days where I feel like I don’t even have the energy to lift my head off the pillow, but I manage to get dressed. Theres times where the doctors say that you’ve improved incredibly. And there’s also times where you get a full 8 hours sleep. These are indescribable feelings, and I’m happy I’ve managed to experience them.
Obviously, I wouldn’t wish a chronic illness on anyone. Theres currently not a day that goes by that it doesn’t affect my life. But it’s about finding the silver lining.