5 Ways to Survive Chronic Illness and Christmas

Chronic illness affects everything, Christmas included.

  1. Join a support group, online if you can’t get out.  There are few people who understand chronic illness like others who are chronically ill.  Right now, one of my support groups is going through Advent Scriptures and symbols together—uplifting!!
  2. Focus on the hope of heaven and celebrate that.  Even if you do not have a lot to “celebrate” in the midst of your pain, the hope of heaven is always worth celebrating.  Christmas is celebrating Jesus coming to earth (in a lowly manger) to make a way for us to go to heaven.
  3. Remember that “joy” has little to do with “happiness.”  http://www.gotquestions.org/joy-happiness.html
  4. Don’t feel guilty for what you can’t do.  Maybe you can’t cook, decorate, buy, reach out, etc. like you used to.  That doesn’t mean you don’t love your friends or family.
  5. Celebrate what you can do.  Maybe it’s something as simple as encouraging a friend on Facebook.

 Do you have any ideas for getting through Christmas while ill?


Christa Upton      Black Hills Picture Books    PO Box 293    Custer, SD 57730

About Christa Upton

I am a wife and mother of three children ages 11, 14, and 18. I used to be a stay-at-home mom (teaching piano & dance, volunteering, etc). From 2007 to 2010, I suffered accidental Toxic Injury (also called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS). MCS has had major impact on our family, but the forced time in bed has given me time to write. So far, I have published 4 children's books (2 in e-book format on Kindle, one in Print-on-Demand at CreateSpace, and one printed by a local printer). Sometimes I miss my old life, but I love writing for children!
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