As we know – life comes with many ups and downs. But dealing with a chronic illness can feel like we experience more moments where we feel down, than up. It can be fairly easy for an individual to become consumed with their pain and struggles, to the point that they feel defeated and crushed by their trails. But I am here to remind you that Pain Warriors are winners! So, What makes us winners?
You are not alone!
As someone who has dealt with chronic migraine for a number of years, I have communicated with so many people who live with chronic illnesses. I have noticed that the thoughts and processes that we all go through are quite similar. Especially, when it comes to thoughts and feelings that we experience as a result of our struggle.
We set goals for ourselves and feel frustration or disappointment if we don’t meet them. We have our moments where we are hard on ourselves for not completing any tasks. Because we experience days when we haven’t been able to function much – we can find ourselves feeling like we’re not progressing. Sometimes the thoughts/feelings might walk the line of “my life is going nowhere. I’m stuck.”
It can feel like we are going round in circles. Like we can never keep up. We got bombarded by so many negative thoughts and feelings and we entertain them for far too long.
We must stop doing that.
Being a Pain Warrior means that we might not get to complete with the tasks that we or others expect us to in a certain amount of time. it’s important that we recognise the importance of moving at our own pace. We don’t function the same way as non-pain warriors – and that’s okay. But we must learn to be proud of ourselves and celebrate small victories. We must learn to have satisfaction with ourselves, even if all we have done is get up, get ready and that’s it! People without chronic illnesses might not understand the energy and willpower it takes to do something so ‘simple’, but we do. So we shouldn’t measure ourselves by their standards or the standards that we once had before we became sick.
But please remember this…
You are a warrior – regardless of how you may feel. Being a warrior means that you’re going to have strength to face and overcome whatever you are facing. Yes you will fall down sometimes but ultimately, you will get up and you will win this war!
Remember that means that in addition to being a warrior, you are also a winner. How do I know this? Because you have survived every day you have experienced thus far!
We are in a category that is vulnerable to suicide. As we’ve heard countless times, suicide is a real problem amongst those with chronic illnesses. According to an article I read Suicides linked to chronic illness, as of 2011, a study called ‘The Truth About Suicide’, one in ten suicides are linked to chronic illnesses in the UK. That statistic is higher than it should be. But in spite of that, you haven’t checked out – you’ve stayed with us.
The fact that we keep pushing in spite of everything that keeps attempting to hold us back – makes us winners. It just doesn’t always feel like it though. Perseverance gives us sustenance.
Whenever you feel like you are losing in life and like you won’t make it to the other side of whatever your trial – remind yourself that the very fact you are still here today means that you are a winner!
You know what else makes us winners? The determination we have to keep going. We keep fighting to live the best lives that we can, until it is our time to pass on to the other side. We get knocked down daily, but we continue to rise and start again the next day. Now if that’s not perseverance, I don’t know what is.
Remember that you are a winner. Victory is yours!
I know the struggle is difficult, but you have made it so far already. You haven’t been defeated and you won’t be defeated in this war overall.
So warriors, continue to encourage yourself, and keep your head up. Yes, you live with pain – but you will have perseverance and ultimately, prosperity.
If you feel like you need further encouragement, check out my post To Those Who Feel Like Giving Up…
I hope this post has encouraged you. Do leave a comment below and let us know what makes you a winner!
Also, please share this post with any other pain warriors who you know that might need to read this. We have to look out for each other and support one another in the chronic illness community. Each one reach one!
Until next time Warriors,