A recent Readers Respond from a teenager is a great example of that. She's having a rough time, but she's also finding ways to deal with it. Here's what she had to say:
"Well, I'm only 13, so you will think i don't know what its like, but honestly, I do. My friends to be honest aren't very nice about me having chronic fatigue. I take all my time trying to explain it to them and all they will say is 'oh' which really upsets me. I can't do the things I used to, and they think I'm avoiding them when I say 'sorry I really can't come out today.' A way to describe it could be 'it's a different sort of pain, which can't be described unless you have experienced it. Every day I am in some sort of pain, and some days I'm completely inactive. I have no energy, I'm always tired, but no matter how long I sleep, I don't feel refreshed.' A way to deal with it, for me, is finding something I really, really love. For me, it's music. Do things that you love! I listen to music and read about my favourite artists and look at pictures of them. It passes time and gives you a better state of mind! Hope I helped. xoxoxo"
She's exactly right: it is essential for us to find something we love that we're still able to do! Thanks for the words of wisdom.
What are the things you love to do that help you keep going? How do you explain your illness? Leave your comments below!
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