You Are Not Your Chronic Illness

By Megan Wordsworth, Guest BloggerNovember 14, 2015

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I’ve been dealing with chronic illness for what seems like forever. It took seven years of countless doctor visits before my initial problem was diagnosed. As soon as I was diagnosed I thought I would finally get some relief. I am now into my third physical therapist and still very little relief. I’m also learning that I might also have other issues that are still undiagnosed.

What people do not realize about chronic illnesses is that those who struggle (sometimes constantly), typically do not look ill. The real struggle is usually managing the illness, job, school, social life, everything. You do not look sick, so people expect you not to act sick, but inside you are struggling and no one knows. Your chronic illness is not something you can take a sick day for, if that was the case you would be taking everyday off, and that just is not possible. 

I have been struggling with illnesses for as long as I can remember; I do not remember the last time I felt “normal.” And I know I am not the only one. Many people like me struggle everyday from countless different illnesses and diseases. I wanted to write this because this matter has recently played an even bigger part in my life than ever before.  

You are not your sickness; you are so much more than that.

My faith is without a doubt what keeps me going and keeps me fighting for my dreams regardless of the illness trying to hold me back. There are two Bible verses that I continue to go back to and soak in. One is Romans 8:18 which says, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed in us.” This verse gives me hope and reminds me that God has a great purpose for me, and that I am so much more than my sickness.

The other verse is Isaiah 40: 31, “ But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will run and not be faint.”

I hope these verses touch you in a special way and provide an extra bit of strength for your day. Remember, your sickness is not you. You are not your sickness; you are so much more than that. You were created for a special purpose and only you can play your part.

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About Megan

MEGAN_WORDSWORTH_writer_bio.jpgMegan is a student in the Honors Communication program at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, with the hope of gaining a career in the Entertainment Industry. As Vice-President of the North Carolina chapter of Project Heal, Megan is on a mission to spread positive body awareness. She has also worked as a background actor on the sets of Revenge, One Tree Hill, Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow, and Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride. She spends her free time baking delicious gluten free treats and watching reruns of her favorite show, One Tree Hill.

 

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