Chronic Illness Quotes

Quotes tagged as "chronic-illness" (showing 1-30 of 113)
Joseph Conrad
“The question is not how to get cured, but how to live.”
Joseph Conrad

Emm Roy
“Mental illness

People assume you aren’t sick
unless they see the sickness on your skin
like scars forming a map of all the ways you’re hurting.

My heart is a prison of Have you tried?s
Have you tried exercising? Have you tried eating better?
Have you tried not being sad, not being sick?
Have you tried being more like me?
Have you tried shutting up?

Yes, I have tried. Yes, I am still trying,
and yes, I am still sick.

Sometimes monsters are invisible, and
sometimes demons attack you from the inside.
Just because you cannot see the claws and the teeth
does not mean they aren’t ripping through me.
Pain does not need to be seen to be felt.

Telling me there is no problem
won’t solve the problem.

This is not how miracles are born.
This is not how sickness works.”
Emm Roy, The First Step

“She has fought many wars, most internal. The ones that you battle alone, for this, she is remarkable. She is a survivor.”
Nikki Rowe

S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.
“Miraculously recover or die. That's the extent of our cultural bandwidth for chronic illness.”
S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.

Alison Lurie
“Having a chronic illness, Molly thought, was like being invaded. Her grandmother back in Michigan used to tell about the day one of their cows got loose and wandered into the parlor, and the awful time they had getting her out. That was exactly what Molly's arthritis was like: as if some big old cow had got into her house and wouldn't go away. It just sat there, taking up space in her life and making everything more difficult, mooing loudly from time to time and making cow pies, and all she could do really was edge around it and put up with it.

When other people first became aware of the cow, they expressed concern and anxiety. They suggested strategies for getting the animal out of Molly's parlor: remedies and doctors and procedures, some mainstream and some New Age. They related anecdotes of friends who had removed their own cows in one way or another. But after a while they had exhausted their suggestions. Then they usually began to pretend that the cow wasn't there, and they preferred for Molly to go along with the pretense.”
Alison Lurie, The Last Resort

Jessica Verdi
“That’s the point. This healthy-feeling time now just feels like a tease. Like I’m in this holding pattern, flying in smooth circles within sight of the airport, in super-comfortable first class. But I can’t enjoy the in-flight movie or free chocolate chip cookies because I know that before the airport is able to make room for us, the plane is going to run out of fuel, and we’re going to crash-land into a fiery, agonizing death.”
Jessica Verdi, My Life After Now

“You spend a lot of time thinking about how awful the prison is rather than envisioning your future.”
Piper Kernan

Sharon Dempsey
“All parents set out with expectations, hopes and dreams for their child. When a child is diagnosed with a health problem, these aspirations are altered. While one parent is hoping to see their child graduate from university, another is praying that they can live pain free”
Sharon Dempsey, Extreme Parenting: Parenting Your Child with a Chronic Illness

Jennifer Starzec
“I often wished that more people understood the invisible side of things. Even the people who seemed to understand, didn't really.”
Jennifer Starzec, Determination

Jennifer Starzec
“People who don't see you every day have a hard time understanding how on some days--good days--you can run three miles, but can barely walk across the parking lot on other days,' [my mom] said quietly.”
Jennifer Starzec, Determination

“If I only could explain
How much I miss
that precious moment
when I was free
from the shackles of chronic pain.”
Jenni Johanna Toivonen

Samantha Irby
“My alarm goes off at 5:50 a.m. First thing I do is check to make sure I'm not dead. If I am, in fact, still alive, I usually sob uncontrollably until there's nothing left in my tear ducts but salt dust, then grope blindly through my apartment to the bathroom, where I say a little prayer for a hole to open beneath my building and swallow us all.”
Samantha Irby, We Are Never Meeting In Real Life

Criss Jami
“Astray from a deep sleep chronic as I write by phonics, like insomnia I will always live the onyx night for revealing, and, upon it, still I'll steal the bright light of day right away just to keep building at speeds hypersonic.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Cindee Snider Re
“Surrender is an incredibly difficult topic in light of chronic illness, because loss is often continued and sustained.”
Cindee Snider Re, Finding Purpose: Rediscovering Meaning in a Life with Chronic Illness

Aletheia Luna
“Many empaths are diagnosed with chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia, CFS, lupus, and various autoimmune diseases, as well as psychological disorders such as agoraphobia, social anxiety, ADHD, depression, sensory processing disorder, among many others.”
Aletheia Luna, Awakened Empath: The Ultimate Guide to Emotional, Psychological and Spiritual Healing

“This sort of sickness is a nothingness, really – a state of limbo; neither well enough to be a functioning member of society nor possessing a sign of illness that signals to the world you are sick. There’s no broken arm. Not even a sore throat and hacking cough.”
Frances Ryan

Cindee Snider Re
“In the midst of pain, we begin to understand the price Jesus paid for our salvation.”
Cindee Snider Re, Discovering Hope: Beginning the Journey Toward Hope in Chronic Illness

Abby  Norman
“So often we think that the truth is a static entity that exists only in a singular place--a place that we have to find. But I have come to realize that the answers I have been looking for, the truth of my own body, was ever-changing.”
Abby Norman, Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain

Cindee Snider Re
“Our circumstances might be abject, we might not think we can survive for one more day enslaved to illness, but God says, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Cindee Snider Re, Finding Purpose: Rediscovering Meaning in a Life with Chronic Illness

“Self-care has become a new priority – the revelation that it’s perfectly permissible to listen to your body and do what it needs.”
Frances Ryan

“I’m really tired”, you come to understand, is meaningless, giving the impression all will be well with a good rest and that if you’ve ever been tired, you know what it is to be exhausted.”
Frances Ryan

“He said that my problem was that I was perfectly healthy and had the illusion that I would be able bodied forever. I could only begin understanding his problem if I gave up that illusion and that would be very difficult, given how healthy I was. I understand, I mistakenly said, and he said no you don’t.”
James C. Coyne

Sonali Dev
“Courage wasn't only fighting your circumstances; sometimes making peace with your circumstances required more courage.”
Sonali Dev, A Distant Heart

“Self-stigma can be just a big a problem as the negative attitudes of others.”
Megan A. Arroll

“Vegetarians and especially vegans have a significantly lower prevalence of obesity than meat eaters. Differences in macronutrient intakes (protein, fat, carbohydrate, dietary fibre, sugars, alcohol) accounted for about half the difference in mean body mass index (BMI) between vegans and meat eaters.”
Emil Ginter

Sonali Dev
“I want you to love me for me, for now, for as much time as we have. I swear I'll do all I can to take care of myself. I already do. But that's it. If that's enough, I'm yours. If you can only love me if you have a guarantee that I'll be around forever, then find someone else to be terrified of losing and let me go.”
Sonali Dev, A Distant Heart

Sonali Dev
“Not that he had come anywhere near attaining her skill at managing hope. She could balance it like a juggler -- let it soar and curb it and pass it from hand to hand. She could spin hope and spin herself through it. Forget mere juggling; she was a veritable trapeze artist with this hope thing.”
Sonali Dev, A Distant Heart

“And now he had acquired the wisdom to admit that sometimes experienced his disdain for “weak, sick people” because he was frightened by any suggestion he could ever become that.”
James C. Coyne

“I certainly don’t buy into the idea that positive attitudes can somehow mysteriously directly influence physical health outcomes.”
James C. Coyne

“You don't have to be somebody, just be yourself and that's enough.”
J.J.Toivonen

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