10 Quotes That Will Motivate You In Your Battle with Fibromyalgia
The battle with fibromyalgia can be a lonely and frustrating one – to put it mildly. Finding the motivation to keep fighting in the face of daily pain and discomfort can seem impossible at times. Sometimes, however, a well stated piece of advice or motivational quote can add a little fuel to our tanks. Here are 10 inspiring quotes to keep you going in your battle with chronic pain:
For many of us with a chronic illness – whether it is fibromyalgia or something else – it can feel as if our power to act or choose has taken a near fatal blow. While it’s true that our illness has a huge impact on our lives and even affects many of the choices we make, there are still many choices that our up to us. Of course we didn’t choose to have fibromyalgia (who would?!), but how we approach this significant challenge is still largely up to us.
If you’ve ever flown on an airplane you know about the short safety demonstration flight attendants give right before take off. During part of the demonstration – they advise that in the event of a loss of cabin pressure an oxygen mask will fall from the ceiling. They emphasis that should this occur, you need to put your own mask on first before trying to help those around you. The reason for this is that you have to take care of yourself first – otherwise you might pass out from lack of oxygen.
This is a good analogy for life with chronic pain. We’ve been dealt a bad hand and the oxygen masks are deployed – but even so we often forget to take care of ourselves first. Our lives are busy – whether we children to take care of, a spouse or significant other to worry about or friendships to maintain – we often put other people or other things before our own health. Sooner or later this will catch up to us. So slow down and do what’s best for you and let the rest fall into place.
Lets face it – everyone reaches the end of their rope sometimes. Some of us reach it more often than others – and that’s ok. When the stress is mounting and you feel overwhelmed and on the brink of caving in – just hang on. Ride out the storm as best you can and eventually you’ll make it out.
Sometimes in life, your biggest critic is yourself. I find this to be true for myself and for many friends suffering from chronic pain. We are overly harsh on ourselves and beat ourselves up when we don’t feel like we’re measuring up. Remember to give yourself a break every once in a while. Remind yourself that you’re living with a pain that most people in life don’t have to live with and even still – you’re making it work (even though you may not feel like you are).
If there is a silver lining to chronic pain, it is that it can (if we let it) make us more compassionate or empathetic to other people’s pain. As we struggle with an invisible illness ourselves, we recognize that while others may seem whole on the outside – it is very possible that on the inside they too are suffering, be it physical or emotional. Though it may not eliminate our own pain, compassion towards others can very much contribute to our own healing.
Bitterness is the antithesis of healing. It festers inside us, stirring up negative thoughts and emotions. Unfortunately, it can be an easy temptation to succumb to – and justifiably so. It is easy to become bitter for being dealt a bad hand in life – especially if that bad hand means being in constant pain. We’re human – so we’ve all felt that sting and have likely felt a sense of bitterness because of our plight. Rising above those feelings and overcoming them can be difficult – but nothing worth anything comes cheap or easy.
For those of us with fibromyalgia, every day is another battle. We didn’t choose this battle, but we fight it anyway. Failure is unavoidable, regardless of if you have a chronic illness or not. So glory or success lies not in winning every battle, but in getting back up after the battles you lose.
Whether we realize it or not, the storms of life have a strange way of making us stronger. Don’t get me wrong – I’d much rather exchange or downgrade my “storms” for something a little more manageable, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that in many ways I’ve become a stronger person because of them.
Whether it’s a chronic illness or some other setback in life – we possess the ability to squeeze something positive even out of the direst of circumstances. While that may be of little consolation – celebrating those small victories can help renew a sense of control and boost morale amid otherwise chaotic and discouraging circumstances.
One of the most pervasive myths about fibromyalgia is that it isn’t treatable. In the face of such an outlook – many become disheartened and believe anything they try is futile. While fibromyalgia does not have a known cure, it is treatable. Many of its symptoms can be treated and reduced through various methods including medications, supplements, diet and alternative therapies.
Take control of those things within your power to control. Face your fibromyalgia head on and try different treatments and lifestyle changes until you find the ones that make a difference for you. You may not be able to eliminate the symptoms entirely, but even small improvements can make a world of difference.
This is a great one to remember when it comes to treatments and lifestyle changes. More often than not, it will take a little bit of time and a lot of persistence before you notice any results. They key is to resist the initial urge to give up if you don’t see immediate results. Stick with it for an appropriate length of time and let the process play out. Most likely, you’ll be glad you did.
While quotes may not cure us of our ills, they can provide wonderful insights and boost our spirits when they most need boosting. What motivational quotes or sayings do you use to stay motivated to continue fighting your battles with chronic pain? Share your favorite quotes on our Facebook Page.