30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 1

Occasionally I like to try something new to spruce up my blogs and this is a great way to do that! It can help others get to know you better, understand a little more and it can also help you take a step back and look at yourself and how far you have come. One of my favorite quotes is,

“It’s funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything has changed.”

-C.S. Lewis

Since my triple diagnosis of Endometriosis, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Interstitial Cystitis in the last 6 years, I have had to go on disability and deal with everything thrown my way the best way I can. I started spending time online looking up quotes of all kinds and then creating a image with them as a way to distract myself from my “journey” through my illnesses. You can view them HERE. They are always updated and I do take requests for quotes for free.

Well…I see I am already off topic! Back to the beginning of my post, occasionally I like to do challenges like these to do things differently. I was going to wait till I could start at the 1st and go till the end of the month but there is not 30 days in a month till March.

So here I go anyway. The 30 day challenge questions will be posted below the end of my article for those who would like to try this for themselves.

You ready? Day 1!

My name is Karley and I have Endometriosis, Interstitial Cystitis, and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. I started my ‘journey’ in 2012. I have spent every moment since then trying to share my story and help others know, even the undiagnosed ones, that they are not alone. When you find someone who understands the sick part of you, the hardest parts of your life and still stands by you, you have a friend for life.

I lost my best friend a year ago this April to a heart attack. But she was one of the first people to encourage me to live my life in the best way for me. That I come first. That my health has to come first. Otherwise I end up in bed for days recovering for being out for only an hour or two, for pushing myself past my limits just to avoid people being upset for me leaving early, or canceling all together.

Life can knock you down, society can blame you or try and tell you how you should live. But only you can make that choice. Please, reach out to someone, anyone. You never know who may be touched by you. By your story. You are not alone in any of this. I promise.

I will always be here for you. Check out my My Social Media.

Day 1: Introduce yourself. What illnesses do you have? How long have you had them?

Day 2: How have these illnesses affected your life?

Day 3: How did you get a diagnosis?

Day 4: How have your friends and family reacted to it?

Day 5: How does being chronically ill make you feel?

Day 6: If you could have told yourself something when you first remember these symptoms arising, what would you have said?

Day 7: What was the biggest realization you have had?

Day 8: Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Day 9: Have you ever tried any alternative therapies? If so, what? Did they work?

Day 10: What little things makes your life easier?

Day 11: Why do you believe you have this illness? Bad luck, a higher power, karma, or something else?

Day 12: Briefly explain to a healthy person what it is like to live with this illness.

Day 13: Has your physical illness had any effect on your mental health? Explain.

Day 14: Give 5 things you are grateful for.

Day 15: What would you say to people newly diagnosed with this illness?

Day 16: What is your favorite inspirational quote?

Day 17: How would things be different if you weren’t ill?

Day 18: Do you think you have become a better person through being ill? Explain.

Day 19: How do you feel about the future?

Day 20: Have you met anyone with the same illness? Did it help?

Day 21: What networks or websites have you used for support or information about your illness?

Day 22: How do you feel about how you have been treated by the medical system? Explain.

Day 23: What do you say to yourself when you need a pep talk?

Day 24: Do you use mobility aids? If so, what?

Day 25: What would make life easier for you if society were more disabled inclusive?

Day 26: Does medication help your health? How do you deal with side effects?

Day 27: How do you respond to the question “How are you?” when you aren’t doing well?

Day 28: Are certain times of year harder on your health than others?

Day 29: How do you feel about

Day 30: Post pictures of you during good and bad times with your illnesses. Do you think other people can tell when your health is bad? Does that matter to you?

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