One of the hardest things for me in the past 20 years is the loneliness of chronic illness. In the early days, I struggled on my own with very few people understanding the impact the pain was having on my mental state, making me feel even more isolated.
Do you now feel different because you can no longer join in with ‘life’ and the activities you once enjoyed with others have now stopped?
WE CRAVE CONNECTION
We crave connection and to be understood. It starts when we connect with our mothers the moment we’re held for the very first time. This gives acceptance, love and security. When illness happens though, we sense the lack of understanding by others which causes us to experience disconnection.