The Hero of My Own Story

We’ve all heard the phrase “everyone’s the hero of their own story,” but do you ever stop and consider what that really means?  I have been thinking about it a lot lately, and what it really means to someone chronically ill.  Spoiler alert: it’s not all beautiful maidens and slain dragons.

Having a chronic illness shakes your faith in yourself on an hourly basis.  Want to change a light bulb?  Your shoulders don’t have enough range of motion.  Need to change a tire?   Don’t have the strength to turn the bolts.  Want to change your socks?  Can’t reach past my toes.  You get the idea – chronic illness makes your painfully aware of all the things you can’t do on a very regular basis, and that’s when you are well.  Unfortunately, I was sick recently, more ill than I’d been in a long time.

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