- Made me stronger
I'm in pain every single day, sometimes to the point where breathing is agony; do you know how much that shapes a person? Each day someone suffering with a chronic illness continues to get on with a life of pain, because we're incredibly strong.
- You realise what really matters
The good days are cherished, and family/friends mean everything.
- Recognise who your real friends are
They'll be there for you no matter what; even if you cancel ten consecutive lunch dates, they'll still check up on you and do whatever they can to make you smile. I'm looking at you, John.
- Appreciative of the small things
When my boyfriend strokes my hair when I'm in agony; a random kind word from a friend; a cuddle.
- Spoonie friends
Always there to offer support, friendship and advice. They're so important because they know exactly what you're dealing with.
- You are more than your illness
Yes, it's a massive part of your life but you're so much more than your condition.
- Raising awareness
This is really important to me, I volunteer for the HMSA and am a trustee for Enhance the UK - I do all I can to show support and raise awareness. Please check them out if you haven't already.
- You know your body
You know when something is wrong, when there's nerve pain, muscle damage, or something else. Although your body is broken, it's the only one you have, so you get to know everything about it.