Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day and Chronic Illness

With today being Valentines Day, I wanted to share these quotes with you, they are a couple of my favorites. 
“I’m not OK, you’re not OK-and that’s OK.”
- William Sloane Coffin
 “Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.”
- Veronica A. Shoffstall

My Hubby and I generally don't celebrate today. We met 14 years ago on February 12th. We have chosen to do something special that day instead. Days aside, I think it is important to love each other everyday through all of the good and bad times. The last year has been an especially rough year for me. My husband has been my rock through all of it. I know I am one of the lucky ones, it was not always that way. I am remarried and didn't have a supportive partner in the past. I have been on both sides of the spectrum. 

Having a partner with a chronic illness is challenging, I know how hard it is. We have to change plans a lot, there are sacrifices made. I appreciate my husband everyday. We have tried to find things that we enjoy doing that don't tax me too much. He loves me no matter what I look like, even on days I don't particularly love what I look like :) Whether you are married or single with a chronic illness, the most important thing is that you don't start to hate yourself. Don't blame yourself for your illness. You didn't cause yourself to get sick, it's not your fault. Learn to take care of yourself and to love the new you. There are communities of people online just like you, including me who love you with no judgement. Everyday, not just today.

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