I saw this on Twitter today. It touched me and made me reflect on how chronic illness can impact the ways that we see and think about ourselves.
Most of us know what it’s like to feel broken or question your worth. Having a chronic illness, whether it’s invisible or not also can have that effect. Constantly in pain, fatigued, nauseated, and so much more can bring those flaws right before your eyes and keep them there. It is not our fault, we are not responsible for the illness, but it takes so much away from us and can make us question everything!! I know it has me time and time again.
Do I have worth? Absolutely & so do you!
But believing that and feeling that when the smallest action takes so much out of you, when treatment plans just don’t work the way you (and others) hoped they would, when careers are lost, when vacations and family events are missed that you really wanted to attend, when no one understands how much you hurt or how rotten you feel, when you think you HAVE to hide how you feel day in and day out because you can’t stand to see your loved ones worry or hurt, when you feel so awful that you have no chance of hiding it but also don’t have the words to describe, when you look down to all of the medical scars and machines doing what your body no longer can, can make it feel nearly impossible.
Regardless - you are special, unique, loved, and important. You still deserve to be loved, broken pieces and all, just as you are. Not only by others, but even more importantly loved by you. Allow yourself to be loved just as you are. (And yes, I’m keenly aware it’s much easier said than done.)
A proud mother, educator, Gastroparesis & GI Motility Disorder Advocate,
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