As a chronically ill patient who frequents the E.R or doctor’s office, I sometimes forget what “fun” is. I forget that it’s vital for keeping my mental health in prime shape, which reflects on my body as well. Depression affects a person not only mentally but physically too and I think a lot of people, myself included, forget that. This is where the simple act of doing something you enjoy comes in. See, if I didn’t have understanding friends and an amazing husband who are willing to work around my circumstances, I probably wouldn’t realize that I was grieving for so long. I tend to repeat the grief process over and over, without even realizing I’ve been trapped in this loop. Luckily, I have my loved ones who still take me out of the house, should my body permit, and make me laugh. Laughter truly is the best medicine, cliche as that may be. I may be chronically ill, but I refuse to let that stop me from having a social life and having my own personal interests, such as writing or painting. If you’re a friend of someone who is chronically ill, something as simple as watching a funny movie with them can make their day. For me personally, I love when my friends want to paint with me or even just chat for a while. It reminds me there’s more to my life than my illnesses and it reminds me that I’m human. It also serves as a reminder that it’s okay to grieve, just so long as it’s not forever.
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My current goal is to be able to get better equipment/supplies to make videos with. Also, it is my dream to be able to work from home as my illnesses make my life fairly unpredictable. At home, I can work when I feel up to the task. If you wish to help me on my journey, here is my link. Anyone who contributes (and would like) I will send a handwritten letter to you! Maybe even a painting 😛
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