Quotes you can relate to on a personal level.
It’s easy to feel alone when you’re suffering from chronic migraines or another chronic health condition. Often, you’re going to doctor appointment after doctor appointment only to be told that there’s still no cure for your disease. You’ll have to keep suffering and managing your symptoms as best as you can.
But you’re never alone. In fact, according to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, 14.2 percent of all adults (ages 18 and older) reported having a migraine in 2012, and that number has increased with estimates reaching 18 percent in more recent years. This means that millions of Americans struggle with some of the same problems that you may face as someone with a chronic illness.
Relating to someone’s struggles is a great way to connect and feel validated, so it’s important to remember that there’s always someone in the world who can understand at least a portion of what you’re going through. And quotes and memes can be effective means of relating to one another via the internet.
Whenever you’re feeling lonely or depressed because of your chronic illness, remember that listening to others’ experiences — and sharing your experiences with others — can improve your mood.
Whether you’re looking for reassurance that everything will work out in the end, a good laugh to help you forget your pain or an excuse to wallow in self-pity for a while (yes, it’s OK sometimes), these 15 relatable quotes for people with chronic illness are perfect for you. They won’t make the pain go away or force your doctor to actually listen to you when you tell them you hurt EVERYWHERE, but they might make life a bit more bearable.
1. When you need a break.
“Resting is not laziness, it’s medicine!” — Glenn Schweitzer
2. When you celebrate the little things.
“If opening your eyes, or getting out of bed, or holding a spoon, or combing your hair is the daunting Mount Everest you climb today, that is okay.” — Carmen Ambrosio
3. When you know you’re stronger for being sick.
“We are stronger in the places we have been broken.” — Ernest Hemingway
4. When you just have to accept your diagnosis.
“You can’t calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.” — Timber Hawkeye