Chronic Illness Warrior Recognition

Having lived with chronic illness for over 25 years, I have an admiration for others who live with chronic illnesses or who support those who do. Today I want to start a Chronic Illness Warrior Recognition Award for those who live with one or support a loved one who has a chronic illness or condition. Please check out the blogs of the five nominees if you don’t already follow them. I have identified the illness/condition each of them lives with.

The rules are simple- Acknowledge the person who nominated you, ask how ever many questions you want, and nominate others. I will answer the questions I am asking first.

For me living with chronic illness the worst parts are the constant fatigue and pain. I have Fibromyalgia, Celiacs and a few other issues. I am being monitored for other possibilities. The people I am recognizing today deal with other chronic illnesses.

My faith in Jesus helps me keep going. I have days that I literally ask him to carry me through the day.

I think the main thing I wish people would understand is that yes I have bad days and cancel plans, but I still like to be invited because I can’t plan on when I have good days or bad days.

When I have good days, I love to visit friends, go to the park, meet friends in coffee shops.

I am not sure I have any great advice other than to be careful what you eat, rest when you need to, and don’t give up. My main advice is to seek Jesus.

As anyone living with a chronic illness can tell you, there are days that I don’t have much energy at all and simple watching TV is about all I accomplish. I love to watch shows like The Voice, America’s Got Talent, American Idol and Amazing Race. I tend to save them up to be able to binge watch on bad days.

Questions for you:

1- What is your of your loved one’s chronic illness/condition and its symptoms?

2- What do you wish others would understand about your life with chronic illness?

3- What helps you or your loved one keep going in life?

4- What do you enjoy doing on your good days?

5- What advice would you give to someone else living with your or your loved one’s chronic illness?

6- What books, movies, TV programs do you enjoy?

My Nominees are:

Lily of Retrospective Lily at She has Friedreich’s Ataxia. She recently wrote about exercise and her disablity.

Viola of Epilepsy Awareness at Viola lives with Epilesy.

Parkinsons Care at She shares about being a caregiver for a loved one with Parkinsons,

Poets Afterthought at She lives with Sickle Cell Anemia and shared a post about her experience with sickle cell.

Vivian of God’s Whispers of Truth at She has been living with a Traumatic Brain Injury which she shared about in her My Story.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

22 thoughts on “Chronic Illness Warrior Recognition

  1. Thank you Matt, I will visit
    Im glad there is online support here not just for chronic patients but all of us.
    Days are full of trials for different reasons.
    I pray good health and strength for us all. 😘

  2. Wonderful post about chronic illness, for me being a caregiver of a daughter who has lupus plus many more, it is nice to see others talk about it and share their knowledge with others. Too many times I see with my daughter and others how others treat them and it hurts me deep inside my heart, not many understand. The disease does not define them, God has done that, and they all are over comers in my eyes.

    1. My daughter’s page is called chonicallyhopeful 2014 at word press and her name is Victoria Guyadeen, she also has a you tube and share her knowledge of having a service dog.

  3. Good Morning, sorry it took me so long. I’m honored you would consider me for this lovely award. I never thought sharing my illness would touch anyone life. I’m hoping to have my post up later this week. Still not feeling my best. Pray all is well on your end. Congrats to everyone. God Bless

  4. I love the idea of the tagging other similar blogs in your post! I have Sjogren’s Syndrome and various other autoimmune conditions, and it’s certainly not easy to live with chronic illnesses. I wish you the best in your health journey!

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