Living with chronic illness is incredibly challenging at times (understatement of the year!). But having a good group of people in our lives on whom we can lean can greatly decrease that challenge. So that’s why today over on The Thyroid Damsel I’m writing about support systems! I think we all realize we need them when it seems like the world is crashing down. But in the day-to-day when we’re doing ok we may not see the need.
Or maybe you’ve experienced the pain of rejection or shame from people you thought were there for you. Many people struggle to understand life with a chronic illness. Many people say really hurtful things out of ignorance. Yes, some people should not be trusted with the raw emotion you experience and the truth about your pain. But there are safe people out there, you just need to know how to identify them!
I want to encourage you to make building a strong support system a priority, even if things aren’t too bad right now. You will be thankful you did during the next flare up or rough day. Not sure how to develop a support system? I’ve got you covered!
Who and How?
If you check out my guest post on The Thyroid Damsel, you’ll discover how to wisely build a strong support system. You can’t just expect anyone to be there for you in your struggle with illness. Not everyone can handle it, and quite frankly not everyone is safe. I outline five ways to identify safe people, as well as how safe people should make you feel.
Additionally, I list five main relationship forms that make up a strong support system. The key to getting the support you need is utilizing as many as possible.
Are you in need of some strong relationships to help you to embrace God’s blessings in the midst of chronic illness? Then I hope you’ll pop over to The Thyroid Damsel to learn more!
As always, check out my resources page for more help and encouragement.