Living with chronic illness is hard. There are days the pain, fatigue and every-day-ness of it is too much to push through. A huge part of chronic illness, at least for me, is pushing through because giving up isn’t a choice, but there are some days when it’d be easier than others to throw in the towel.
Your friends want to help. Sometimes it seems like maybe they don’t. They do though. It’s sometimes hard for them. They don’t know what to say, so they say nothing. Or life gets in the way. Well, tell your friends it’s OK to tell you that they don’t know what to say, and if life is getting in the way, push it out of the way.
Asking for help can be hard. It isn’t a sign of weakness to need help. All we have is each other. So, lean on your friends. On your bad days tell them what you need, and let them help you. Repeat after me: it is not a sign of weakness to ask for help.
Here are some things that would help me get through my bad chronic illness days.