Living with Chronic Illness presents me with minor inconveniences and also major obstacles at times. My hope is to handle either scenario with God’s grace and to extend grace to others. It also entails extending grace to myself, because let me tell you, I do not always have patience with obstacles in my way. I used to play American football when I was younger and the mentality of run through obstacles stays with me at times.
A minor one happened yesterday. One of my chronic illnesses and the one I find easiest to manage is Celiacs Disease. I have done well with being gluten free in my diet since I was diagnosed. But there are times it can be socially awkward.
Yesterday one of the moms in my class was so kind to offer me a piece of cake. She did not know I have Celiacs. I explained to her why I can’t eat cake. I did not leave it at that. I also told her that she was so nice to think of me and bring me the cake and that I really appreciated that. She smiled when I said that to her. It is a small thing for me, but to her for her teacher to say that meant a lot.
The major obstacles are the ones that I resist the most. Due to difficulties from Degenerative Disc Disease stemming from an accident when I was younger, and the pain I am always in from Fibromyalgia, I could probably get a permit for my car for handicapped parking. But I do not want to let it win. By it I mean Chronic Illness.
Funny though that I readily accept the need to naps in the afternoon due to fatigue. Fatigue is one of my constant uninvited guests. I love naps. As I round the corner financially, my hope is to get a comfortable recliner for my home office chair. Then I can sit at my desk, which is really a 5 foot table, and work and write but take a nap as need be. It is one of my dreams. 🙂
I can’t imagine going through all of this without Jesus. If this life was all I had, I would not feel any hope. But with Jesus there is always hope. By giving him whatever we experience, he can do amazing things.
Just a glimpse into my life with Chronic Illness. My wish is to help readers understand what people they may know go through.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.