Living with chronic illness

Katy Bradshaw Acupuncture - living with chronic illness

In many of our minds when we think of chronic illness we think of the serious stuff – cancer, diabetes, heart disease. But what about all the little niggly stuff?

The little bits of pain you just put up with. The bodily functions that don’t quite function. The low mood that doesn’t stop you from getting stuff done but hangs around in the background.
 

When I ask: ‘how much pain have you been in this week?’ and you answer ‘oh just the normal amount’.
 
The normal amount? No pain is normal.

But millions of us wake up thinking about how we’re going to get through today with whatever discomfort or inconvenience we’ve got going on.
 
(You know, that little inconvenience the Dr says we’ll just need to get used to).

We ask ourselves questions like:

Will there be a toilet I can access if we go out for the day?
How many sets of stairs will there be?
How will I tell my friend I can’t eat the dinner they’ve made because it’ll upset my digestion?
What if I feel overwhelmed and need to duck out early?
What will people think?
 
It’s exhausting.
 
Because at the end of the day we all want to feel free to live our lives without thinking about our bodies too much. To get on, to laugh, to relax, to be present. And all those niggles get in the way of that.

So what’s the answer?

Well, I’ve found that getting enough rest and nourishment helps. On top of that regular meditation and breath-work practise regulates the nervous system which means you’re more able to cope. And most importantly getting the right support for your chronic illness, however small it may seem. Be it friend or therapist. (or both).

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