Only a few years ago I was working as a nurse, having no idea how close to the edge of disability I really was. I have lived most of my life with these problems, mostly endocrine and rheumatic. Because I don’t look that sick, it’s been hard for anyone to understand how I could not do as much as other people, no matter how hard I pushed.
It took me a long time to allow myself to “get away with” not being able to keep up with everyone else. I’ve made myself sick many times trying not to let others see me as different. I heaped lots of guilt on myself instead of allowing the rest I needed. It didn’t help that I’ve been accused of having a poor work ethic those times I was so worn down I couldn’t continue.
I have thought about writing for some time now, just for me, and if for no other reason to remind myself of little things. Recipes, how to keep my diet on track, reminders of how to feel the best I can, and a maybe a few gripes.
Actually, if not for disability, I would not of learned all the new (some great and some not great) lessons, tricks, and just interesting stuff I have over the last few years.
As a nurse, I did a lot of teaching about how to live healthier. As a patient, it’s good knowledge to have, but I miss being able to share those things with others.
Now on disability, the same as many of you, I’m living on a small income and trying to keep a lifestyle that is healthy and of course happy.
I don’t have all the answers but I am pretty good at finding ideas. I would like if some others could share the tips and tricks they have learned. Disability, chronic illness, and limited income is difficult.
I’m finding that it helps to have something that feels useful. Writing, even if it’s only for myself, helps because there is always the hope someone else in a similar situation will find what they need here. And if not, maybe we can talk about it.
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