I’m sure that it’s safe to say that we’ve all had times in our lives when we thought that we couldn’t it. Whether it be a big exam, a nerve-wrecking interview for a job that you really want, or just a large rollercoaster you wanted to try – we’ve all been there.
I’ve had numerous times in my life when I felt that way – from being pregnant at 16, my first interview, to college exams. But the most trying of my experiences would have to be being chronically ill. I never would’ve thought that I could be this strong. Being in constant pain for almost 2 years – TWO YEARS – has taught me a lot. It has engraved lessons that I thought I learned previously. Being in constant pain, not being able to eat, not being able to sleep – it’s hard enough as it is. But to be a student and a parent on top of that? It’s even harder. It’s taught me to push past my boundaries. As parents, we would do anything for our kids – being chronically ill doesn’t change that. It only makes us work harder. We know what’s important. Yes, our health is important and we need to take care of ourselves, but our children are our lives and we would do anything for them. That includes getting up no matter how much pain you’re in.
Yes, I suffer from depression and anxiety. Being in constant pain and receiving diagnosis after diagnosis will do that to you. But as I’ve mentioned in another post, I will try my hardest to get up. My little man is growing up everyday and I don’t want to miss a thing. He’s not going to want to hang out with me forever. As much as I hate it, he’s growing up. I don’t want to miss any part of him growing up because of my illnesses. Being chronically ill has taught me that I am stronger than my pain.
So the next time you are afraid… the next time you are feeling nervous… KNOW that you are always stronger than you think you are. You can achieve anything you put your mind to.