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10 New Year (Re)Solutions Everyone with A Chronic Illness Should Make

15 Days After the New Year I Wound Up in Emergency Surgery Which Wasn't A Part of the Plan

At the beginning of last year I posted a video about my goals for the new year and 15 days later I wound up in emergency surgery and spent the next 3 months in the hospital, had some complications, went septic, and spent 9 months on TPN. It probably goes without saying that my emergency surgery and all that followed was not a part of my plan for the upcoming year.

I ended up taking that video down because I felt stupid that only 2 weeks after I posted it my life was turned up-side-down by my health


Eventually though I had to accept my reality as it was and keep moving forward because what else could I do?

 At times living with chronic illness has made it difficult for me to look forward to things. It also has been challenging to make plans or even feel optimistic about stuff. This has been most true for me when my health is at its worst. How do you look forward to something when you have no idea what tomorrow will bring? When you are so sick that your health keeps interfering with your plans you start to feel like nothing is ever going to go your way so why even bother feeling hopeful at all? 

This way of thinking is EXACTLY why I encourage you to make resolutions/set goals. It is because I don’t want you to give up, lose hope, or stop trying just because you have a chronic illness. It’s not good for you I tells ya and if a white lady wrote it on the internet then you know it’s true. I sure do hope by now you know when I’m being sarcastic. 

Truthfully, I don’t really like the idea of making resolutions for the new year because with all that pressure it almost seems like you are setting yourself up for disappointment; especially when life with a chronic illness can be so unpredictable.

Me walking down the hallway in the hospital pushing my IV pole

Resolutions are Bad * Solutions are Rad

Resolutions practically set you up for failure. You start or stop doing whatever it is on January 1st and once you mess up then you have failed. What healthy person even keeps their resolutions? Personally I like the idea of setting goals or looking for solutions which is why I titled this post 10 reSOLUTIONS, with the focus on solutions. 

I think that setting goals is a good idea for (everyone) people living with chronic illness because it’s important to have things to look forward to and even if things don’t go the way you hoped they would there is wisdom to be gained when you learn how to be flexible and resilient. 

10 (re)Solutions Everyone With A Chronic Illness Should Consider Making for the New Year

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