Living with chronic illness can be very stressful: doctor appointments, financial burdens, loss of career, loss of relationships, desire to have life back, therapies, tests, surgeries, phone calls and on and on.
When someone asks us what is going on with our life and we begin to share, loved ones sometimes tell us that we should count our blessings. What they may not realize is that those living with debilitating conditions often count things that others never even think about and take for granted.
For example, I have heard many people complain about shopping, cooking, cleaning and how busy they are attending events and going on vacations. On the contrary, I would absolutely love to be able to do the things most people complain about. In addition, I try to be thankful for the little things, such as being able to sit outside on the patio, watching a bird make a nest, keeping food down, taking a shower once in a while, getting dressed on occasion, having a visitor for the first time in over a year, making it to the bathroom in time or even being able to go to the bathroom! You get my drift.
So, I would like to ask everyone, “I count my blessings, do you?”