Chronic Illness Does Not Define You

Living With Chronic Illness Does Not Define You.

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Writing from personal experience I know that what ails us can become all-consuming. I know that it is possible for chronic illness to become so prevalent in our daily life that the illness may become our identity. I still struggle with this..... KNOW AND BE CONFIDENT IN THE TRUTH WHICH IS THIS.....CHRONIC ILLNESS DOES NOT DEFINE YOU. You are so much more and your life has a greater purpose. Outlined in this post are a few of my own life wellness strategies that CAN change your life focus, even when faced with the challenge of a chronic illness.  Change your life for the better!!

Writing from personal experience I know that what ails us can become all-consuming. I know that it is possible for chronic illness to become so prevalent in our daily life that the illness may become our identity.

I still struggle with this…..


You are so much more and your life has a greater purpose.

Outlined below are a few of my own life wellness strategies that CAN change your life focus, even when faced with the challenge of a chronic illness.  Change your life for the better!!

I want you to the be the best version of you possible.  Please know that my intention is in no way to make light of physical or mental illness. We all face unique battles on this journey called life.  My hope is to guide you towards a content, happy, purposeful, joy-filled, and abundant life as you discover your own personal path to wellness.  Wellness is different to each one of us. Please don’t compare yourself, and your battles against other peoples, and how they appear to handle theirs.  We do not know what another person has been dealt unless we wear their shoes!

Feel content with who you are and where you are at, but strive towards a life so whole, so full of love and joy that it overflows and spills out upon those who connect with your life adventure.

Be strong and courageous

Be the best You Possible

Step One:

Admit you face a chronic illness, and that it might not go away anytime soon.  Admit this to yourself, and to those close to you. When we admit the illness is possibly lifelong, only then we can take further steps to manage, deal with, or overcome the battle.  By overcome I do not necessarily infer that the illness is healed or cured.  There are many mental and physical illnesses that may not be cured in our lifetime.

Step Two:

Ask yourself, what if….’what if this is chronic’, ‘what if it is out of my control’, ‘what if I am always going to have this (whatever ‘this’ is for you) in my life?’ What does ‘this’ mean and what is the worst case scenario.  I realize this may sound like a pessimistic approach, however, in my experience, asking these difficult questions will aid you in facing the issue realistically and propel you forward with purpose and conviction.

Step Three:

Take care of your mind and body.  Seek assistance and guidance from people you love and/or trust. The steps how we attain this will look different for each person, know that you don’t need to face it alone. General guidelines I use in my chronic health battle include: seeking medical advice, practicing alternative healing measures – now wait a minute don’t get all freaked out on me. Alternative healing does not have to mean something ‘way out there’. And way out there does not look the same to each of us either!!  Alternative means different, something you are not yet implementing in your life.  It could be equivalent to the committing to an exercise plan, perhaps you focus on eating healthier, or you take time for a much-needed therapeutic massage.

No matter which measure of assistance you seek, be sure to talk, talk, and talk.  Share with others what you are going thru, and ask them for honesty and truth in reply.  People are in your life for a reason and your journeys have more in common than you could ever imagine. 

A daily practice including stretches and healing yoga is key in my personal wellness plan.

You can check out some beginner stretches in this post Stretching for Your Body, Mind and Soul.

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Take care of your body and mind with daily yoga, stretching and exercise

Step Four:

Share your story with others.  In sharing, you will focus outwards and on others.  By sharing part of your journey you will see a gradual shift in your life focus.  The act of sharing what you have gone thru, are still going thru, and what you might go thru in the future, is the story someone else needs to hear. Everything in life happens for a reason (the good and the not so good, and the downright horrible), and that reason might be for you to heal someone else.  Let them know they are not alone, and that you understand because you have been there.  Because you are there. Be the truth in their life.

Lead a Purpose Driven Life

Lead a purpose filled life, even if it includes chronic illness


May these steps be only the beginning on a path to wellness and a purpose-filled life for many who read them.
May peace and love follow you wherever you go.

As always, Smiles from Lisagirl.

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34 responses to “Living With Chronic Illness Does Not Define You.

  1. Susan Clausen

    Well written lots of good advice. I value your advise because you live it and it has made a difference in your life thanks for your honesty and vulnerability

  2. I think it’s true that when people suffer from chronic illness often times they well feel as if they have failed themselves and that their illness means they are weak! My heart is heavy for those who would ever think they are less than a person because hey suffer fro chronic illness. ):

  3. Very well written. This is perfect for my sister and I’m sharing it with her. It’s so difficult living with a chronic illness, but it does make you a stronger person on the inside.

      • Susan Clausen

        Chronic Pain can be all consuming, I find if I take pain meds and keep going and keep working, swim as often as I can, and hang out with fun friends it helps cope with pain and keeps your mind off it for periods of time. Sleeping at night is challenging too, do what you need to do, take what you need to take to get sleep this always help. Pray is important to me too, I do plenty of that with much comfort given me. We can do it, we just have to want too

  4. Tina

    Dealing with chronic illness leads to a lot of guilt and self criticism. Forgiveness towards ourselves helps a great deal. Thank you for sharing this!

  5. These are great steps , thanks for sharing. I myself don’t ascribe to any labels set by the doctor. Some call it denial but I know that owning them defines who you are to an extent.

    • I want everyone to know that whatever they are faced with, including a chronic illness, they are so much more beyond the situation or circumstance.

    • Hi Nzali, family members can encourage and support by guiding gently and with much love. You can only make the suggestions but the person has to want to complete the steps.

  6. As I figured I would, I love this post. It’s well written and full of lots of support and encouragement for those who are going through such a physical and emotional time. I love that the first thing you touched one was admitting that you have the illness and then being able to embrace it. It’s not an easy thing to do and while I don’t truly have a chronic illness myself, I work in healthcare and deal with quite a few people that do. It takes a lot to go through everything that you have to do with a chronic illness and I am sure many people will appreciate this post. Thanks for sharing

    • Your comment means a lot to me, Victoria. It is the desire of my heart that those who read this will be encouraged and uplifted in whatever their circumstance may be.

  7. ‘Everything happens for a reason’ is so true. We spent 5 years and upwards of 30K to get pregnant to learn we were expecting twins! Then lost one at 34 weeks. We have since had 2 more sets of twins and a singleton. Our story has reached so many and I have been able to support other women through infertility and loss. I know I will see my Landon John again someday. Thanks for the post ❤️

    • Hi, Amanda. Thank you reading my post and for sharing your journey with me and my readers. I am truly sorry for your loss. It is true, we will meet our loved ones again someday and that is what I hold onto.

  8. Lisa, thanks so much for sharing. First of all, just starting out with “Chronic Illness does NOT Define you ” is a powerful truth. It’s so easy when visiting doctor after doctor hearing one negative report after another to step into that identity and put on that garment of illness like a fitted jacket. But it’s NOT who we are. For me, taking care of my mind and body is so critical. Guarding our hearts and minds to prevent stress is imperative. Prayer and walking in peace are powerful keys. I am going to check out the stretches and yoga info here. Thanks again!

  9. As someone who suffers from chronic illness and an injury that left me with chronic pain, I can really relate. I love all of your suggestions but would add one more.

    I think the biggest help to me is to spend time volunteering and giving to others. I find that sharing “my story” kind of freaks people out but listening to THEIR story really lifts them up.

    Making other people feel “normal,” taking the time to talk to them about everyday things, family, hobbies, and the positive part of their future helps to change their mindset. It’s a win win.

    • Oh I totally agree with your Valerie! I love to volunteer and always find it an opportunity to build relationships with people in my community and church so I can listen and empathize and let them know they are not alone.

  10. Wow, its a very well written article. I have not experienced this kind of a health concern, so I will not know what that feels like to deal with chronic pain, but it must be extremely challenging at times. I think this type of article has the potential to help anyone dealing with any crises to stop and think, Sometimes getting the words out there are like a fear buster that allows you to put things in a perspective that they can’t consume you. That can give you strength. A lot of transferrables in this.

    • Thank you for your kind and encouraging comment Amy. It is my desire that thru sharing my own experience and what I have learn help others in whatever ‘crisis’ they come up against in their own life.