5 Benefits Of Having A Chronic Illness

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.

  1. 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…
  2. 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.
  3. Determination
    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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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  1. Lorraine
    7th June 2017 / 8:06 am

    The friends that have stood by you have been incredible, the others are not worth a second of your precious energy. You are so determined and as always I am so very proud to call you my daughter xxx

  2. 7th June 2017 / 7:52 pm

    You are wonderful and this is wonderful. You should be so proud of yourself xx

  3. 14th June 2017 / 10:36 am

    Brilliant post! I agree with all of these and the importance of finding the silver lining. 🙂 xxx

  4. 19th June 2017 / 2:33 pm

    It’s great that you find the positives of what would be called a negative.

    • 19th June 2017 / 2:40 pm

      Thank you so much! After being ill for 12 years, you start having to find silver linings, or your mental health gets destroyed! x

  5. 25th July 2017 / 1:09 am

    I LOVE reading positive articles about chronic illness. It’s a nice refreshing change to see people reflecting positively on their CI experience. This article is great.
    Much love,

  6. 31st August 2017 / 10:27 pm

    I loved reading this. Having chronic illness does make you more aware of the little things. It makes you appreciate life.☺

    • 31st August 2017 / 10:29 pm

      I agree so much! Obviously I wish chronic illnesses didn’t exist, but I love how much its taught me and shown me how to appreciate the tiny things in life!

      • 31st August 2017 / 10:34 pm

        Totally agree actually. I hate my illness but I do have a different perspective now. I was just thinking about how much we take for granted when we are well. Always look for the positive, that’s what gets me to the next day. ☺

  7. 6th September 2017 / 6:34 am

    I really enjoyed this post! I rarely look at the positive of having a chronic illness, but I literally agree with every single point.

  8. 14th September 2017 / 4:31 pm

    Great way to look at it… I appreciate the positivity. There’s always a silver lining.

  9. 19th September 2017 / 12:53 am

    Thank you for sharing this and reminding us of the silver linings.

    • 19th September 2017 / 8:05 pm

      You’re very welcome! There is definitely silver linings in everything! x

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