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Finding the Good in the Bad with Chronic Illness

What if I had never gotten sick; who would I be?

If I could go back in time and choose to not have Crohn’s Disease or CIPO, what would I do?

If I could change any of this would I?

I'm not saying I Like it or Want it; but, I can find the good in it

This post focuses on the good things – the gifts that have come out of living with chronic illness. I know that there are some people out there that feel upset when someone says they feel lucky or thankful for their disease. I’m not saying that. I don’t like having chronic illnesses but I have accepted my situation by learning to live with it instead of living against it. I don’t spend time focusing on the ‘what if’s’ because what’s the point?

My situation is my situation. I have these health conditions, like it or not, and they aren’t going anywhere. I certainly don’t like that I have had to go through so much but I refuse to live a negative life and say that nothing good has come out of this. Truth is, there are some positive things.

This life. This life is something I never pictured for myself. My dream was to finish school and go on to be a high school teacher. I pictured myself married by now with some kids perhaps. I saw myself being financially stable; I saw everything pretty much the opposite of what it is. I don’t have that job. I’m drowning in medical debt. I’m not married. I’m not “perfect”… and I love it! 

Unexpected Blessings of My Life with Chronic Illness

What I am is happy and I wasn’t happy back then. Here are some of the good things I can see that have come out of having Crohn’s Disease and Chronic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction:


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