I know, you have probably found this blog out of desperation. Up late one night, too ill to sleep, and searched for others dealing with a dreaded chronic illness. Well, you have found such a person! (O.K., maybe that previous sentence should not have ended in an exclamation point………..more like a sad face ): Nevertheless, you have found such a person and I have decided to start this blog out with a short assignment (yep, homework already!) that focuses on your positives.
I know you are tired and you don’t feel like doing anything, but I really want you to do this task. I want you to get out a piece of paper and a pen, crayon, pencil, marker, lipstick……..whatever you have on hand and write down things you ARE able to do.
If you are reading this blog that means you can probably see and read! YEA! Write these down. Maybe you have a person or computer reading this blog for you, great! Write that down! Now, it may get a little more difficult for those of you who are really ill, but I know there are still way more things you can do………….Can you taste food and drink? Are you able to walk? If you can’t walk, are you able to propel your wheelchair? Can you hear, talk, hug, drive, ride a bike, travel, ride in a vehicle, laugh, cry, tell a joke, write a letter, pray, meditate, watch a movie, read a book, listen to a book, enjoy music, play a board game, work, text, send an e-mail, paint, draw, walk up or down a step(s), hold a child, carry on a conversation, grocery shop, on-line shop, pet a dog/cat, walk a dog, go out to eat, brush your hair, brush your teeth, take a shower, take a bath, prepare a meal, speak another language?
The above list is just the tip of a giant iceberg of things that you may be able to do. So, write your personal achievements down, no matter how small they seem to you, and post this paper where you can see it. And when you are having one of those horrible, dreaded, I feel like I am dying days, you can look over and see your list, and realize that you are a capable, worthwhile, awesome person who can do so much more that you give yourself credit!