I was feeling a little sorry for myself yesterday when an email arrived from a blogging friend. Her supportive email was just the tonic needed. You see, this friend knows only too well what it’s like to deal with a long term illness. It felt so good to be understood.
Today, I received a text message from another dear friend who lives locally and it really made me stop and think.
Her text message read…“Hi, just to say thanks. I’ve seen and learned so much from you about managing your health responsibly and with a cool mind. From what I’ve observed over the years, I always knew that you had courage and now I’m experiencing how vital that is!
This old friend of mine has recently been diagnosed with a nasty autoimmune syndrome and is slowly coming to terms with the fact that she now has to learn how to live with a long term illness. I’ve been so tied up with my own woes of late that I’m guilty of not giving her the level of support she needs and deserves. I suspected from the nature of her text that she must have been reading my blog on the quiet as I rarely dwell on my health problems in ‘real’ life. When I enquired if this was the case, to my surprise she replied “not yet but I will.”
I’m aware from the supportive comments received on this blog from people I’ve never met that I give the impression of being ‘level headed’ when it comes to dealing with illness. I think this is because the blog gives me free rein to talk about coping with illness in a way that is rarely facilitated elsewhere. I’ve often wondered how my coping strategies are perceived by people who I meet in everyday life. I would hate to think I was known as a moaning minnie.
I’m now mightily relieved. What a difference a day makes!