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But, You Look So Good!

Monday, September 08, 2008

September 8 - 14, 2008

10. You can't be in that much pain
9. Stop being lazy and get a job
8. You just want attention
7. Your illness is caused by stress
6. No pain. . . no gain!
5. It's all in your head
4. If you just got out of the house...
3. You're so lucky to get to stay in bed all day.
2. Just pray harder
1. But you look so good!

Reprinted with permission of Lisa Copen, Copyright 2007, National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, http://www.invisibleillness.com

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I just had to share this list because it is soooooo true! :)

How do I know? Because I live with a chronic illness!

I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 14. It absolutely amazes me to think that I have lived in chronic pain for the past 27 years!

Living in daily chronic pain has definately been a roller-coaster ride - there have been many 'ups and downs' that have helped to shape me into the person that I am today. Thinking back...I sure didn't realize how long this disease would impact my life or to what capacity.

One thing is for sure - I am so thankful to have Jesus in my life. He is my Comforter in times of trouble, my Strength when I am weak, and my JOY everlasting.

I can't imagine my life without Him.

BUT, I don't ever want to be without Him again.

Jesus makes my life COMPLETE!

* You are welcome to stop by my personal blog at: More of Him; Less of Me. It will give you a more 'personal and transparent' look at my life. I just started the blog recently, so I would love for you to stop by and share what you think. See you there! ~ Karla

"This sickness will not end in death.

No, it is for GOD'S GLORY


~ John 11:4

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Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to find this post today, Karla! It is very true and such good advice (especially yours about Jesus!). My living with lupus and fibromyalgia has brought me to the point of complete trust in the strength and joy that only come from God.

Deb Burton said...

I also suffered from lupus. I've been blessed with being in remission for the last several years, but I've also learned to take certain precautions to keep me where I am.

I learned to gracefully accept the help of others, a difficult thing but one the Lord showed me. I learned patience with others, knowing they had to be patient with me as I struggled to walk or even just open a bottle of ketchup. I learned that moderation is not a four-letter word. I learned most of all that when I am weak, I have One who will carry me even when I have trouble lifting myself from the bed.

I am so thankful that I do not have to deal with the pain and fatigue that I did, but I am cognizant of those who do and suffer silently. Thanks for bringing this issue to the attention of your readers!
Deb Burton

Trudy Thomas (aka TheMatrix777) said...

I'm glad I found your website and read your post today. I have posted your link today as a post on my website and hopefully you will get some visitors from it.

I enjoyed your post.