72957348 Lessons I've Learned from Having a Chronic Illness

by Krissy Ward

     Having a chronic illness allows me to navigate life’s unpredictability with a sense of humor and adapt to situations easier than most. Life with chronic pain has been the most unwelcomed challenge EVER, but it has taught me so many lessons. I believe a lot of these lessons apply whether you have a chronic illness or not. 


  • Self Care isn't a luxury, it's a necessity, especially when you're chronically ill.
  • Be your own advocate! You know your body better than anyone else.
  • Find Your People. Be intentional about community building. There's a whole gang of Warriors in our FB group & on our Instagram waiting to greet you!
  • You will lose some people along the way, but please know that real friends will stick it out with you.
  • Netflix/Hulu/Youtube/TikTok are the best inventions ever made! Utilize them, especially on the days you're stuck in bed.
  • Give yourself grace. Be gentle on yourself, you're doing the best you can. Hype yourself up like you would talk to a friend.
  • Grieving is a continuous cycle. It comes and goes, but it's making sure you bounce back from those moments that matters.
  • Having a planner can be life changing!
  • Comparison is the thief of joy! There is no comparison between the sun and the moon, they shine when it's their time.
  • It is OK to not be OK.
  • Let's just be real, life is fucked up, sometimes! 
  • Put you ego aside and ask for what you need.
  • Learn to laugh at yourself. If you don't find humor in the crazy things we go through on a daily basis, you will drive yourself insane!
  • Nothing is more important than your health.
  • If I’m going to be in pain, I might as well be doing something I actually enjoy. 
  • We are much more than our illness. We are not defined by our circumstances. 
  • Hold on to hope.
  • Do your best to keep moving. 
  • Not everyone will "get it" and that's okay.
  • "No" is not a bad word. Try it sometime.
  • Acceptance does not mean you are giving up!
  • Flexibility is key! 
  • You are not alone!