When you get diagnosed with MS, type-1 diabetes, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome or any other chronic illness, your life gets turned upside down. Suddenly, you’re faced with painful symptoms, practical problems, a rollercoaster of emotions and even existential questions. How do you start to get to terms with the fact that your body, your daily life and your future will be changed forever?
Learning to accept your illness and new reality sounds sensible and sage, but what does it really mean?
First of all, acceptance does not mean that you’re ok with the situation you’re in. It’s also not the same as giving up hope for a better tomorrow. Mostly, acceptance means acknowledging that this is what’s happening, without labelling the situation good or bad.
That probably all seems really passive, but actually, acceptance is not for the faint-hearted. It takes courage to open up to reality, look your problems in the face and sit with all the feelings that stirs up.
Acceptance is a gradual process with its ups and downs. Along the way, you’ll partly let go of the person you were and the life you had envisioned, to somehow make the best of the situation you’ve been handed.
Take a look at these 10 insightful quotes to help you accept your new reality.