1. Growing is painful. Becoming is painful.
2. If surround yourself with good people, they will shoulder some of that pain.
3. There is nothing glamorous or exciting about sitting in a hospital.
4. There is nothing glamorous or exciting about being sick.
5. My illness does not happen in a vacuum. Everything that happens to me also happens to my family and friends. There are always consequences.
6. Silver linings are very real, and finding them can get you through just about anything.
7. Sometimes the most beautiful things grow from ugly roots.
8. People can change your life simply by showing kindness. I have this power as well.
9. I will never be sick enough. It does not matter how many hospitals I go to, treatment centers I frequent, or weight I lose. There’s no point in running a race that is impossible to win.
10. Life is messy and uncomfortable, but that’s okay. My best memories never came from days of safety and seclusion. They came from the times that I decided to be messy.”—ten things I learned in 2013 (via bravegirl-living)
I had to reblog this. Even though my illness was a very different type of illness these things are all applicable to any person, sick or not, and everyone should consider them.