I just discovered this blog section, and I have to say that there are so many great writers here! I even saved a few snippets that spoke to me, to read when I need them.
I'm going to try to write down all the good things that happened due to becoming ill. I could write a "but" after each thing, but I won't. I want to try looking at the bright side. I may add to the list when my brain is clearer! I hope I can make this as long as possible. Maybe others can think of things they would add.
Illness gave me:
-Time to reflect. When I had to leave college, I wrote down what I'd do differently if I could go back. I went back and was able to use that list.
-More empathy and understanding for others dealing with illness, disability, or old age.
-People that changed my life for the better, including my best friend. If I had to choose between no illness and not meeting her vs. illness and meeting her, I'd probably choose illness and meeting her.
-Time to get to know my parents better.
-The discovery of how kind and accommodating some humans can be.
-Time to write letters to people I cared about.
-Realization of and appreciation for the value of health.
-The opportunity to learn more about myself.
-The vast world of the internet that I can "travel" in.
-The knowledge that I could make it through 9 years of illness.
-A topic to have a deep conversation about with someone.
-Exercises in creativity when working around problems.
-Appreciation for going outside
-Maturity, perhaps beyond my years, about some things.
-Bonding with my grandmothers
-The knowledge that there are people who would still befriend me even if I'm sick.
-Motivation to learn about nutrition
-One sweet Get Well card I remember years later
-Experience knowing what to expect when going to the doctor
-This forum full of people I like and connect with.
The Bright Side
Blog entry posted by hedgehog, Mar 12, 2017.