Happy New Year – Are You Ready for 2018?

You’re not alone. These feelings are not only common amongst people like us who battle chronic illness on a daily basis, but they are also markedly increased during this time of year. This is for a variety of reasons, some of which include the inability to get out if you live in cold weather climates, which can lead to a feeling of being even more isolated from friends, family, or even people in general. Let’s make 2018 our best year yet by supporting each other, sharing our experiences with each other, and improving how we manage our day-to-day lives while trying to decrease the negative effects on us, our loved ones, our families, and our friends.

Keep Fighting!

We are all fighters, but even the best and strongest of us can and will have times where we may feel as if we are fighting a battle we simply can’t win, and this can lead to feelings of hopelessness. Feeling like this doesn’t make us weak. It doesn’t mean we want to give up, or that we wish to die, or as some healthcare practitioners may incorrectly decide that we are suicidal. This is furthest from the truth! We aren’t giving up, we are simply having a more challenging day than usual. What these feelings do mean is that we are all human and as such are perfectly entitled to feel this way from time to time. Tell us what works for you to de-stress, or ground yourself on the challenging days.