I am going to be honest: supporting someone with a chronic illness can feel like a full-time job. During my 20 years of healing, the thing that helped me succeed was the support of my family. Primarily, the support I received from my husband. Here is what we learned from our journey together.
Particularly if you are dealing with depression, having someone to be a beacon of hope can make all the difference in your healing journey. I know that not everyone is as fortunate as I am to have a husband like I do, BUT! There are other resources. Thankfully we live in a time of the internet. Find a community that supports the journey you are on.
If you are someone with a chronic illness or mental illness, our encouragement to you would be to identify your team, and above all, keep pushing forward. If you can, identify the resources that build you up and communicate this with your support team. The more you are able to communicate, the better you are set up for success. Even if your communication is "I need to be silent right now", the more proactive you are about your communication, the better equipped your support system can be to help you.
If you are the support team of someone with chronic illness or mental illness, we want to say THANK YOU. We see you! Daring to be hopeful amidst what can be a long and treacherous journey. Thank you for sticking to it, even when it is hard.
If you have any questions or need advice on where to find resources, schedule a free 15-minute consult with me here.