There is pain in healing

But there’s also a kind of beauty in it too.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

We don’t want pain. We try to mask it with medication, distraction, etc., but the healing process is still happening and our body, whether we feel it fully or not, is still going through the steps.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

I wish there was recovery without pain, but as I’ve learned with UC/chronic illness, the emotional, mental, and physical pain of recovery is just par for the course.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

It’s like breaking a leg, having life-saving surgery, or giving birth to a child. Labor hurts, but it slowly fades away once the baby is in your arms. And eventually it’s forgotten well enough that many of us manage to get back on the horse (no pun intended!) and do it over again.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

Even though I’ve had rough days, I’m grateful for healing.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

Even though I have to be so mindful of what I eat and how I move my body, I’m grateful for progress.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

Even though my health changes from day to day, I’m grateful for those who love and support me unconditionally.⁠⠀ ⁠

If you’re struggling with a chronic illness, I encourage you to look for all the positive things in your life. Even when it’s grey, even when you’re in pain, even when the very breaths you take, hurt, find something to encourage you.⁠⠀

Look for opportunity. Chronic illness is far from a gift, but take a step back and look for opportunity. ⁠⠀

And, if you’re supporting someone with a chronic illness, thank you. You matter and your love, acceptance, and encouragement are so very needed and surely are appreciated. ⁠❤️ ⁠⠀

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