“The act of creating can be a great form for meditation and a vehicle to process and communicate the complicated emotions of chronic illness. The support, education, and true friendship I have received from the AI community is immeasurable.”
“I use art to express myself and as my stress relief - visually representing the pain, happiness, fear of my moment. It allows me to escape if I need or to portray experiences that I might not otherwise be able to express. In short, it is my sanity.”
When you have a chronic condition like a rheumatic disease, your support team is critical. These are the people you will need to lean on when you are in pain and need support, when you are struggling with changes in your life, when you need an extra pair of ears to understand what your healthcare providers are telling you, and when you need that extra bit of help in your daily life. But finding those people and building a support system is challenging—especially when you are struggling to come to terms with having a chronic disease.
"You're Too Good".......So I was texting my bestie last night about my most recent doctor visit and there was a long pause in the texts and she says to me; "I know everything's going to be okay because you're too great to have anything happen to you".....Well, that made me think. Wouldn't it be outstanding if all of the bad people in the world- the ones who kill, hurt children and animals, abuse women/men, and commit heinous crimes could be the only ones blessed with incurable diseases?