We’re all familiar with the popular expression, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Yes, that very much has the opportunity to be true in our lives.
Personally, I’d much prefer to not have the capacity to bench press a Buick at this point in my life, due to having gone through so very much. Living with chronic illness is extremely tiring.
Dealing with multiple chronic illnesses is beyond exhausting. Not only are there the symptoms themselves to deal with, on an indefinite basis. There are all of the ripple effects of long-term illness with which to contend.
More specifically, I’m thinking about the horrific financial stress that typically accompanies extended periods of illness. No longer being able to work full-time has an enormous impact on the very financial resources that help to ameliorate the devastating impact of chronic illness.
Possessing inadequate financial resources creates an enormous degree of elevated stress in our lives. In turn, this exacerbates the very symptoms that we’re attempting to manage as effectively as possible.
What a vicious, downward spiral! I don’t think that those who are healthy fully appreciate what it’s like to find yourself in such a situation, on an extended basis. Honestly, it can happen to anyone, at anytime.
When there aren’t outward manifestations of being seriously ill, I personally think that this makes a stressful situation that much harder with which to deal.