7 years ago, if you had told me what my life would be like today, I would’ve been absolutely devastated. I wouldn’t have been able to fathom the idea of spending most of my days at home or in doctors appointments, taking loads of medications, and having a handful of surgeries behind me and more looming in the future. I had big plans for my life- and being a professional patient wasn’t one of them.
But life rarely gives people what they ask for, and, at the end of my Junior year, I started to get sick. Soon, I would be diagnosed with several chronic illnesses that would change the course of my life forever.
For much of those seven years, I was absolutely miserable. I told myself that I would be happy once I figured out all my health issues and could get back to my life, but that day never came. As soon as I solved one health issue, another one would rear its ugly head. My health issues were stealing my happiness, and I wasn’t going to allow that to happen any longer.
My journey towards happiness has been a long one with many bumps in the road, but slowly I learned that joy isn’t something that just happens to you- it’s something you choose! Some of the strongest, happiest people I’ve ever met also have some of the most difficult lives. From cancer patients to single mothers and everything in between. These people, along with studying the scriptures and praying daily to God, have inspired me to embrace every moment and to take life one day at a time.
Through the Grace of God, every ugly challenge that I have faced has turned into something beautiful. My chronic illnesses have taught me more about myself than going to college and starting a career ever could have! I have learned patience, compassion, and how to relate with others on a deep level that wasn’t possible for me before. I hope that you will join me on this journey as I uncover the good, the bad, and the ugly of living life with a chronic illness!
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