The Power of “No” When You Have a Chronic Illness

Chronic Illness and Lyme Disease

A life that includes managing a chronic illness can be a real challenge! If you’re in a similar boat as mine, I want you to know that you are not alone. The list of things you may be responsible for would be overwhelming for anyone, but when you add in debilitating symptoms life can get even more cumbersome.

While I wish that I had all the energy in the world to accomplish everything I desire, it’s not realistic right now. As I prioritize health, there are other things that grown adults should be able to manage that I just don’t quite have together. I’m learning that it’s okay. It’s even good. I know my boundaries right now.

If you’ve felt like you’re drowning while facing a chronic illness and don’t know how other people seem to live “normal lives” while facing similar challenges to yours, you’re going to see that I don’t have it all together. In fact, my life is often of the opposite of “all together”…

If you’re anything like me, then you are in good company!

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Here are 19 things I don’t do as I face Chronic Lyme Disease:

1) I don’t cook

The crockpot is my best friend. I’ll throw in meat and veggies for some lunches and most dinners. Then, I drink a green juice/smoothie or a bone broth protein shake (often blended with with almond milk, moringa, blueberries, spinach, and ice) once or twice a day.

2) I don’t make plans

It’s that simple. My current schedule doesn’t allow for me to make plans because there’s a 90-95% chance that I’ll end up canceling them. Instead, everything is done on an “if I feel up to it” basis. It’s working for now.

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Emily Lofgren’s heart beats for authenticity. She craves true connection where we can be real about our struggles and find hope together. Emily became a Christian in college and since then has had a passion for writing in a way that helps others encounter life. Grab your free copy of her eBook Finding Hope Through the Fog.