I am often so cautious to add a disclaimer to posts about progress or snippets of positivity. Without one, I have people in my life who assume I am “cured” or that my life is easy. But I am learning that I am not responsible for the ways others interpret me. (And I am also learning to stop making assumptions about what other people might be thinking!)

So today, for me, I just want to share some of the gifts this almost-decade of illness has given me.

  • Patience.
  • Empathy.
  • Gratitude.
  • A bouncebackability.
  • Pride.
  • An ability to laugh with real humour at situations I cannot change.
  • An even-more-wonderful-than-before relationship with my parents.
  • My husband.
  • Strengthened friendships with those special few.
  • Guinea pigs! An excellent selection of only colourful clothes.
  • A chance to try out a pixie cut!
  • Time with my grandparents I wouldn’t have had if I was well and working.
  • Perspective.
  • Increased feistiness over injustice and inequality.
  • Most recently, an increased sense of self worth.
  • A range of novelty slippers.
  • The most supportive people I could ever image who live in my iPad; some of whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in real life.
  • Happy tears. So many happy tears.
  • A new definition for what makes a ‘good’ day. A level of appreciation I’d never known.
  • A seemingly unconquerable soul.
  • The knowledge that you can feel more than one feeling at any given time.
  • Time.
  • The opportunity to relearn things or experience things again as if for the first time. (Most people only get that once in their lifetime.)
  • The awareness that I am a work in progress, and should always be one.

No disclaimer.

Paddling in the sea in August 2019.

Published by Anna Redshaw

Blogging about life in the slow lane with an invisible, chronic illness. I wasn't always a sick chick so this is somewhat of a life changing experience!

One thought on “Gifts

  1. Thank you Anna, while I would not wish ME/CFS on anyone I also have some lovely things to feel grateful for that have come along for the bumpy ride. I have had some funny looks when I try to explain this, perhaps I should just point people at your blog as you say it so beautifully.


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